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John 11:18

    John 11:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now Bethany was near to Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now Bethany was near to Jerusalem, about two miles away;

    Webster's Revision

    Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off;

    World English Bible

    Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off;

    Definitions for John 11:18

    Nigh - Near.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 11:18

    Fifteen furlongs - About two miles: for the Jewish miles contained about seven furlongs and a half. So Lightfoot, and the margin.

    Barnes' Notes on John 11:18

    Nigh unto Jerusalem - This is added to show that it was easy for many of the Jews to come to the place. The news that Jesus was there, and the account of the miracle, would also be easily carried to the Sanhedrin.

    Fifteen furlongs - Nearly two miles. It was directly east from Jerusalem. Dr. Thomson (The Land and the Book, vol. ii. p. 599) says of Bethany: "It took half an hour to walk over Olivet to Bethany this morning, and the distance from the city, therefore, must be about two miles. This agrees with what John says: 'Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off.' The village is small, and appears never to have been large, but it is pleasantly situated near the southeastern base of the mount, and has many fine trees about and above it. We, of course, looked at the remains of those old edifices which may have been built in the age of Constantine, and repaired or changed to a convent in the time of the Crusades. By the dim light of a taper we also descended very cautiously, by 25 slippery steps, to the reputed sepulchre of Lazarus, or El Azariyeh, as both tomb and village are now called. But I have no description of it to give, and no questions about it to ask. It is a wretched cavern, every way unsatisfactory, and almost disgusting."