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John 11:38

    John 11:38 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Jesus therefore again groaning in himself comes to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay on it.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So Jesus, deeply troubled in heart, came to the place of the dead. It was a hole in the rock, and a stone was over the opening.

    Webster's Revision

    Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

    World English Bible

    Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 11:38

    It was a cave, etc. - It is likely that several of the Jewish burying-places were made in the sides of rocks; some were probably dug down like a well from the upper surface, and then hollowed under into niches, and a flat stone, laid down upon the top, would serve for a door. Yet, from what the evangelist says, there seems to have been something peculiar in the formation of this tomb. It might have been a natural grotto, or dug in the side of a rock or hill, and the lower part of the door level with the ground, or how could Lazarus have come forth, as he is said to have done, John 11:44?

    Barnes' Notes on John 11:38

    It was a cave - This was a common mode of burial. See the notes at Matthew 8:28.

    A stone lay upon it - Over the mouth of the cave. See Matthew 27:60.

    Wesley's Notes on John 11:38

    11:38 It was a cave - So Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their wives, except Rachel, were buried in the cave of Machpelah, Gen 49:29 - 31. These caves were commonly in rocks, which abounded in that country, either hollowed by nature or hewn by art. And the entrance was shut up with a great stone, which sometimes had a monumental inscription.