John 11:11
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New International Version
After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."

New Living Translation
Then he said, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up."

English Standard Version
After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”

Berean Study Bible
After He had said this, He told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up."

Berean Literal Bible
He said these things, and after this He says to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go that I may awaken him."

New American Standard Bible
This He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep."

King James Bible
These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said this, and then He told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I'm on My way to wake him up."

International Standard Version
These were the things he said. Then after this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I'm leaving to wake him up."

NET Bible
After he said this, he added, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. But I am going there to awaken him."

New Heart English Bible
He said these things, and after that, he said to them, "Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
These things Yeshua said and afterwards he said to them, “Lazar our friend is resting; I am going that I may awaken him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After Jesus said this, he told his disciples, "Our friend Lazarus is sleeping, and I'm going to Bethany to wake him."

New American Standard 1977
This He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, that I may awaken him out of sleep.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Having said that he said unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.

King James 2000 Bible
These things said he: and after that he said unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

American King James Version
These things said he: and after that he said to them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

American Standard Version
These things spake he: and after this he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus is fallen asleep; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These things he said; and after that he said to them: Lazarus our friend sleepeth; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.

Darby Bible Translation
These things said he; and after this he says to them, Lazarus, our friend, is fallen asleep, but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.

English Revised Version
These things spake he: and after this he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus is fallen asleep; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

Webster's Bible Translation
These things he said: and after that he saith to them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.

Weymouth New Testament
He said this, and afterwards He added, "Our friend Lazarus is sleeping, but I will go and wake him."

World English Bible
He said these things, and after that, he said to them, "Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep."

Young's Literal Translation
These things he said, and after this he saith to them, 'Lazarus our friend hath fallen asleep, but I go on that I may awake him;'
Study Bible
The Death of Lazarus
10But if anyone walks at night, he will stumble, because he has no light.” 11After He had said this, He told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up.” 12His disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get better.”…
Cross References
2 Kings 4:31
Then Gehazi passed on before them and laid the staff on the lad's face, but there was no sound or response. So he returned to meet him and told him, "The lad has not awakened."

Matthew 27:52
The tombs broke open, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

Mark 5:39
He went inside and asked, "Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead, but asleep."

John 11:3
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one You love is sick."

John 11:10
But if anyone walks at night, he will stumble, because he has no light."

John 11:12
His disciples said, "Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get better."

John 11:13
They thought that Jesus was talking about actual sleep, but He was speaking about the death of Lazarus.

Acts 7:60
Falling on his knees, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Treasury of Scripture

These things said he: and after that he said to them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

he saith.

John 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, …

John 15:13-15 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for …

Exodus 33:11 And the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his …

2 Chronicles 20:7 Are not you our God, who did drive out the inhabitants of this land …

Isaiah 41:8 But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed …

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, …

sleepeth.

John 11:13 However, Jesus spoke of his death: but they thought that he had spoken …

Deuteronomy 31:16 And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; …

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

Matthew 9:24 He said to them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleeps. …

Mark 5:39 And when he was come in, he said to them, Why make you this ado, …

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this …

1 Corinthians 15:18,51 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished…

1 Thessalonians 4:14,15 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also …

1 Thessalonians 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together …

awake.

John 11:43,44 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth…

John 5:25-29 Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when …

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

(11) Our friend Lazarus sleepeth.--Better, Our friend Lazarus is fallen asleep. They had probably understood the words of John 11:4 to express that the illness was not mortal, and that Lazarus would recover. They have seen, therefore, no reason for facing the danger of Juda (John 11:7-8). He now supplies that reason, and for the first time speaks of going to the family at Bethany.

His words "our friend" gently remind them that Lazarus was their friend as well as His, for they as well as He had probably been welcome guests in the well-known house.

The fact of our Lord's knowledge of the death of Lazarus is stated by St. John without any explanation. Prom his point of view it could need none. He who needed not that any should testify of man, because of His own self-knowledge of what was in man (John 2:25), needed not that any should testify of what had passed in the chamber of His friend.

For the idea of sleep as the image of death, comp. Notes on John 8:51, Matthew 9:24, and 1Thessalonians 4:14. It is not unfrequent in other passages of both the Old and New Testaments, and, from the time of Homer downwards, poets have spoken of sleep and death as twin-sisters.

Verse 11. - These things spake he, and probably many more words expository of the vast principle of service which he here propounded; and after this (for μετὰ τοῦτο implies a break, during which the disciples pondered his words) he saith, Our friend Lazarus; implying that Lazarus was well known to the disciples, and that the Lord classes himself here, in wondrous condescension, with them. He elsewhere speaks of the twelve as his "friends" (John 15:14, 15, where he made it a higher designation than δοῦλοι; see also Luke 12:4). John the Baptist also calls himself "the Bridegroom's friend" (John 3:29). Though Lazarus had passed into the region of the unknown and unseen, he was still" our friend." Hath fallen asleep. Meyer says that Jesus knew this by "spiritual far-seeing;" and Godet thinks that he knew it by supernatural process, and had known it all along. It does not require much beyond what we know to have occurred in thousands of instances, for our Lord to have perceived that his friend had died - had, as he said, "fallen asleep," in that new sense in which Jesus was teaching men to look on death. But I go, that I may awake him out of sleep (ἐξυπνίσω is a late Greek word; cf. Acts 16:27). Wunsche says the Talmud often speaks of a rabbi's death under the form of" sleep" ('Moed. K.,' fol. 28, a; cf. Matthew 9:24; 1 Thessalonians 4:14). Homer spoke of death and sleep as "twin sisters," Christ's power and consciousness of power to awake Lazarus from sleep gives, however, to his use of the image a new meaning. It is not the eternal sleep of the Greek and Roman poets. These things said he,.... In answer to his disciples, and made a pause.

And after that he saith unto them, our friend Lazarus sleepeth; meaning, that he was dead; in which sense the word is often used in the Old Testament, and in the common dialect of the Jews, and frequently in their writings; and especially it is so used of good men: and it is an observation of theirs (b), that

"it is usual to say of the righteous, that there is no death in them, , "but sleep";''

See Gill on Matthew 9:24, See Gill on 1 Corinthians 15:18, See Gill on 1 Corinthians 15:20, See Gill on 1 Thessalonians 4:13, See Gill on 1 Thessalonians 4:14;

but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep; that is, to raise him from the dead, for, the resurrection of the dead is expressed by awaking; see Psalm 17:15; which for Christ to do, was as easy as to awake a man out of natural sleep: these words respecting Lazarus's sleeping and awaking, express both the omniscience and omnipotence of Christ; his omniscience, that he should know that Lazarus was dead; when at such a distance from him; and his omnipotence, that he could raise him from the dead; and yet his great modesty to signify it in, such covert language, though not difficult to be understood.

(b) Gloss in T. Hieros. Celaim in En Yaacob, fol. 4. 4. 11-16. Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go that I may wake him out of sleep—Illustrious title! "Our friend Lazarus." To Abraham only is it accorded in the Old Testament, and not till after his death, (2Ch 20:7; Isa 41:8), to which our attention is called in the New Testament (Jas 2:23). When Jesus came in the flesh, His forerunner applied this name, in a certain sense, to himself (Joh 3:29); and into the same fellowship the Lord's chosen disciples are declared to have come (Joh 15:13-15). "The phrase here employed, "our friend Lazarus," means more than "he whom Thou lovest" in Joh 11:3, for it implies that Christ's affection was reciprocated by Lazarus" [Lampe]. Our Lord had been told only that Lazarus was "sick." But the change which his two days' delay had produced is here tenderly alluded to. Doubtless, His spirit was all the while with His dying, and now dead "friend." The symbol of "sleep" for death is common to all languages, and familiar to us in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, however, a higher meaning is put into it, in relation to believers in Jesus (see on [1830]1Th 4:14), a sense hinted at, and clearly, in Ps 17:15 [Luthardt]; and the "awaking out of sleep" acquires a corresponding sense far transcending bare resuscitation.11:11-16 Since we are sure to rise again at the last, why should not the believing hope of that resurrection to eternal life, make it as easy for us to put off the body and die, as it is to put off our clothes and go to sleep? A true Christian, when he dies, does but sleep; he rests from the labours of the past day. Nay, herein death is better than sleep, that sleep is only a short rest, but death is the end of earthly cares and toils. The disciples thought that it was now needless for Christ to go to Lazarus, and expose himself and them. Thus we often hope that the good work we are called to do, will be done by some other hand, if there be peril in the doing of it. But when Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, many were brought to believe on him; and there was much done to make perfect the faith of those that believed. Let us go to him; death cannot separate from the love of Christ, nor put us out of the reach of his call. Like Thomas, in difficult times Christians should encourage one another. The dying of the Lord Jesus should make us willing to die whenever God calls us.
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