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John 11:1

    John 11:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill; he was of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

    Webster's Revision

    Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

    World English Bible

    Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 11:1

    Lazarus, of Bethany - St. John, who seldom relates any thing but what the other evangelists have omitted, does not tell us what gave rise to that familiar acquaintance and friendship that subsisted between our Lord and this family. It is surprising that the other evangelists have omitted so remarkable an account as this is, in which some of the finest traits in our Lord's character are exhibited. The conjecture of Grotius has a good deal of weight. He thinks that the other three evangelists wrote their histories during the life of Lazarus; and that they did not mention him for fear of exciting the malice of the Jews against him. And indeed we find, from John 12:10, that they sought to put Lazarus to death also, that our Lord might not have one monument of his power and goodness remaining in the land. Probably both Lazarus and his sisters were dead before St. John wrote. Bethany was situated at the foot of the mount of Olives, about two miles from Jerusalem. Bishop Pearce observes that "there is a large gap in John's history of Christ in this place. What is mentioned in the preceding chapter passed at the feast of the dedication, John 10:22, about the middle of our December; and this miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead seems to have been wrought but a little before the following passover, in the end of March, at which time Jesus was crucified, as may (he thinks) be gathered from verses 54 and 55 of this chapter, and from John 12:9." John has, therefore, according to the bishop's calculation, omitted to mention the several miracles which our Lord wrought for above three months after the things mentioned in the preceding chapter.

    Calmet says, Christ left Jerusalem the day after the dedication took place, which was the 18th of December. He event then to Bethabara, where he continued preaching and his disciples baptizing. About the middle of the following January Lazarus fell sick: Christ did not leave Bethabara till after the death of Lazarus, which happened about the 18th of the same month.

    Bishop Newcome supposes that our Lord might have stayed about a month at Bethabara.

    The harmonists and chronologists differ much in fixing dates, and ascertaining times. In cases of this nature, I believe men may innocently guess as well as they can; but they should assert nothing.

    Barnes' Notes on John 11:1

    A certain man was sick - The resurrection of Lazarus has been recorded only by John. Various reasons have been conjectured why the other evangelists did not mention so signal a miracle. The most probable is, that at the time they wrote Lazarus was still living. The miracle was well known, and yet to have recorded it might have exposed Lazarus to opposition and persecution from the Jews. See John 12:10-11. Besides, John wrote for Christians who were out of Palestine. The other gospels were written chiefly for those who were in Judea. There was the more need, therefore, that he should enter minutely into the account of the miracle, while the others did not deem it necessary or proper to record an event so well known.

    Bethany - A village on the eastern declivity of the Mount of Olives. See the notes at Matthew 21:1.

    The town of Mary - The place where she lived. At that place also lived Simon the leper Matthew 26:6, and there our Lord spent considerable part of his time when he was in Judea. The transaction recorded in this chapter occurred nearly four months after those mentioned in the previous chapter. Those occurred in December, and these at the approach of the Passover in April.