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John 11


 1 And (1) a certain man was sick, named Lazarus of Bethany, the (a) town of Mary, and her sister Martha.


(1) Christ in restoring the stinking carcass of his friend to life, sheweth an example both of his mighty power, and also of his singular good will toward men; which is also an image of the resurrection to come.
(a) Where his sisters dwelt.


 2 (And it was that (*) Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)


(*) John 12:3; Matthew 26:7 .


 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest, is sick.


 4 When Jesus heard it, he said, This sickness is not (*) unto (b) death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.


(*) For although he died, yet being restored so soon to life, it was almost no death in comparison.

(b) That is to say, sent for the purpose to kill him.


 5  ∂ Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister, and Lazarus.


 6  (2) And after he had heard that he was sick, yet abode he two days still in the same place where he was.


(2) In that which God seemeth sometimes to linger in helping of us, he doth it both for his glory, and for our salvation, as the falling out of the matter in the end, plainly proveth.


 7 Then after that, said he to his disciples, Let us go into Judea again.


 8  (3) The disciples said unto him, Master, the Jews lately sought to (*) stone thee, and doest thou go thither again?


(3) This only is the sure and right way to life, to follow God boldly without fear, who calleth us and shineth before us in the darkness of this world.

(*) John 7:30; John 8:59; John 10:33 .


 9 Jesus answered, Are there not (c) (*) twelve hours in the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.


(c) All things are fitly wrought and brought to pass in their season.

(*) He that walketh in his vocation, and hath the light of God for his guide, needeth to fear no dangers. The day also, both summer and winter was with the Jews divided into twelve hours.


 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.


 11 These things spake he, and after, he said unto them, Our friend Lazarus (d) sleepeth; but I go to wake him up.


(d) The Jews used a milder kind of speech, and called death a sleep, whereupon in other languages the place of burial where the dead are laid, waiting for the resurrection, is called a sleeping place.


 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he (*) shall be safe.


(*) They labored to stay from going into Judea, as though there had been no need.


 13 Howbeit, Jesus spake of his death, but they thought that he had spoken of the (*) natural sleep.


(*) Or, slumbering sleep.


 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.


 15 And I am glad for your sakes, that I was not there, that ye may believe; but let us go unto him.


 16 Then said Thomas (which is called (*) Didymus) unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.


(*) Which signifieth in our tongue, a twin in birth.


 17  ∂ Then came Jesus, and found that he had lain in the grave four days already.


 18 (Now Bethany was near unto Jerusalem, about (*) fifteen furlongs off.)


(*) Which were almost two miles.


 19  (4) And many of the Jews were come to Martha and Mary to comfort them for their brother.


(4) God who is the maker of nature, doth not condemn natural affections, but sheweth that they ought to be examined by the rule of faith.


 20 Then Martha, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet him, but Mary sat still in the house.


 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not been dead.


 22 But now (*) I know also, that whatsoever thou askest of God, God will give it thee.


(*) She sheweth some faith, which notwithstanding was almost overcome by her affections.


 23 Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall (e) rise again.


(e) That is, shall recover life again.


 24 Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again (*) in the resurrection at the last day.


(*) John 5:29; Luke 14:14 .


 25 Jesus said unto her, (♣) I am the resurrection and the life; (*) he that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live.


(♣) Christ restoreth us from death to give us everlasting life.

(*) John 6:35 .


 26 And whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die. Believest thou this?


 27 She said unto him, Yea, Lord, I believe that thou art the Christ the Son of God, which should come into the world.


 28  ∂ And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.


 29 And when she heard it, she arose quickly, and came unto him.


 30 For Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met him.


 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up (*) hastily, and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave, to weep there.


(*) Wherein she declared her affliction and reverence that she bare to Christ.


 32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord if thou hadst been here, my brother had not been dead.


 33  (5) When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he (f) (*) groaned in the spirit, and was troubled in himself,


(5) Christ took upon him together with our flesh all affections of man (sin only excepted) and amongst them especially mercy and compassion.
(f) These are tokens that he was greatly moved, but yet they were without sin; and these affections are proper to man's nature.

(*) For compassion; for he felt our miseries, as though he suffered the like.


 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.


 35 And Jesus (*) wept.


(*) We read not that his affection were so excessive that he kept no measure, as we do in our sorrows, joys and other affections.


 36 Then said the Jews, Behold, how he loved him.


 37 And some of them said, (*) Could not he which opened the eyes of the blind, have made also, that this man should not have died?


(*) John 9:6 .


 38 Jesus therefore again groaned in himself, and came to the grave. And it was a cave, and a stone was laid upon it.


 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, Lord he stinketh already, for he hath been dead four days.


 40 Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if thou didst believe, thou shouldest see the (*) glory of God?


(*) That is, a miracle whereby Godís Name should be glorified.


 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee, because thou hast heard me.


 42 I know that thou hearest me always, but because of the people that stand by, I said it, that they may believe, that thou hast sent me.


 43 As he had spoken these things, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.


 44 Then he that was dead, came forth, bound hand and foot with bands, and his face was bound with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, Loose him, and let him go.


 45  ∂ Then many of the Jews, which came to Mary, and had seen the things, which Jesus did, believed in him.


 46  (6) But some of them went their way to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.


(6) The last point of hard and iron like stubbornness is this, to proclaim open war against God, and yet ceaseth not to make a presence both of godliness and of the profit of the common nation.


 47 Then gathered the high Priests, and the Pharisees a (g) council, and said, What shall we do? For this man doeth many miracles.


(g) The Jews called the council Sanhedrin; and the word that John useth is Synedri.


 48 If (*) we let him thus alone, all men will believe in him, and the Romans will come and (h) take away both our place, and the nation.


(*) They resist God, thinking to hinder his work by their own policies.

(h) That is, take away from us by force; for at that time, though the high Priest's authority was greatly lessened and decayed, yet there was some kind of government left among the Jews.


 49  (7) Then one of them named Caiaphas, which was the high Priest (*) that same year, said unto them, Ye perceive nothing at all,


(7) The raging and mad company of the false Church, persuade themselves that they cannot be in safety, unless he be taken away, who alone upholdeth the Church; And so likewise judgeth the wisdom of the flesh  in worldly affairs, which is governed by the spirit of giddiness or madness.

(*) Or, for that present time.


 50  (*) Nor yet do you consider that it is expedient for us, that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.


(*) John 18:14 .


 51  (8) This spake he not of himself, but being high Priest that same year, he (*) prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation,


(8) Christ doeth sometime so turn the tongues, even of the wicked, that in cursing, they bless.

(*) God made him to speak, neither could his impiety let Godís purpose, who caused this wicked man even as he did Balaam, to be an instrument of the holy Ghost.


 52 And not for the nation only, but that he should gather together in one the children of God, which (i) were scattered.


(i) For they were not gathered together in one country, as the Jews were, but to be gathered from all quarters, from the East to the West.


 53 Then from that day forth they consulted together, to put him to death.


 54  (9) Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews, but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.


(9) We may give place to the rage of the wicked, when it is expedient so to do, but yet in such sort, that we swerve not from God's vocation.


 55  ∂ And the Jewsí Passover was at hand, and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to (*) purify themselves.


(*) Because they thought hereby to make themselves more holy against, they should eat the Passover; but they were not commanded by God to use this ceremony.


 56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the Temple, What think ye, that he cometh not to the feast?


 57 Now both the high Priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.




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