John 11:16
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New International Version
Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."

New Living Translation
Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let's go, too--and die with Jesus."

English Standard Version
So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

New American Standard Bible
Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, so that we may die with Him."

King James Bible
Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Thomas (called "Twin") said to his fellow disciples, "Let's go so that we may die with Him."

International Standard Version
Then Thomas, who was called the Twin, told his fellow disciples, "Let's go, too, so that we may die with him!"

NET Bible
So Thomas (called Didymus) said to his fellow disciples, "Let us go too, so that we may die with him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go also and die with him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Thomas, who was called Didymus, said to the rest of the disciples, "Let's go so that we, too, can die with Jesus."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Thomas said, who is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us go also, that we may die with him.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Thomas, who is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

American King James Version
Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

American Standard Version
Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said unto his fellow-disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples: Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Darby Bible Translation
Thomas therefore, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, Let *us* also go, that we may die with him.

English Revised Version
Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said unto his fellow-disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Thomas, who is called Didymus, to his fellow-disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Weymouth New Testament
"Let us go also," Thomas, the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "that we may die with him."

World English Bible
Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let's go also, that we may die with him."

Young's Literal Translation
therefore said Thomas, who is called Didymus, to the fellow-disciples, 'We may go -- we also, that we may die with him,'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Thomas, in Aramaic, is equivalent in meaning to the Greek name Didymus, or "twin." This apostle is mentioned in the synoptic Gospels with Matthew, and in Acts (Acts 1:13) with Philip. He is classed with the fishermen (John 21:2), and may therefore have been a Galilaean. Ecclesiastical tradition has associated him with Judas (not Iscariot) (Eusebius, 'Hist. Eccl.,' 1:13), and with Judas the brother of Jesus. He is reputed to have preached ultimately in Parthia and India, there to have suffered martyrdom. The various references to him in this Gospel give, by a few vivid touches, a biography and characterization of singular congruity. He said to his fellow-disciples (the word συμμαθητής is only used in this place, and shows that the body of the disciples were being more and more blended into a unity), Let us go, that we may die with him. Here he manifests a fervent love to his Master, tinged with a sorrowful, melancholy temperament. He saw the danger to his Lord, but at once, with the spirit of self-surrender, was ready to share his fate. Moulton says these words reveal love, but they are "the language of despair and vanished hope. This is the end of all - death, not Messianic kingdom." Surely Thomas may have pondered much the Lord's words about his approaching death, and may have felt ready, along the same line, willingly to yield up his own life for his Master's or with his Master. Too much has been made of Thomas's skepticism and criticism. He was one who wanted visible, tangible evidence; but he was prepared to act impulsively, and to give powerful expression to his faith, whenever the evidence was granted. In John 14:5 he was still in the dark, but it was not an evil darkness. How could he know, with the clearness which his mind naturally desiderated, whither our Lord was going? No brainless or heartless unbelief led him to ask, "How can we know the way?" At last (John 20:24, etc.), when he wanted ocular, personal, tangible evidence of the resurrection of Jesus, and absented himself in deep melancholy from the company of the eleven, it is clear that his soul was ready for the full manifestation. Before he could have put his finger into the print of the nails, he exclaimed, with adoring gratitude, "MY LORD AND MY GOD!" His hesitation and his conviction, with his superlative ecstatic cry, form the culminating point of the Gospel.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then said Thomas, who is called Didymous,.... The former was his Hebrew name, and the latter his Greek name, and both signify a twin; and perhaps he may be so called because he was one:

the same said unto his fellow disciples; the other eleven; though the Ethiopic version reads, "to the next of the disciples"; as if he addressed himself only to one of them, to him that was nearest to him:

let us also go, that we may die with him; either with Lazarus, as some think, or rather with Christ; for he, and the rest of the disciples, imagined that Christ, by returning to Judea, would be in great danger of losing his life; yea, by this expression they seem to be positive in it, that it was a matter out of question with them, that he would die, should be venture there again: and therefore Thomas stirs up his fellow disciples to go along with him, and die altogether; signifying, that they should have but little comfort when he was taken from them: but both Thomas, and the rest, were differently minded, when Christ was apprehended, for they all forsook him and fled, and provided for their own safety, and left him to die alone, Matthew 26:56.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Thomas, … called Didymus—or "the twin."

Let us also go, that we may die with him—lovely spirit, though tinged with some sadness, such as reappears at Joh 14:5, showing the tendency of this disciple to take the dark view of things. On a memorable occasion this tendency opened the door to downright, though but momentary, unbelief (Joh 20:25). Here, however, though alleged by many interpreters there is nothing of the sort. He perceives clearly how this journey to Judea will end, as respects his Master, and not only sees in it peril to themselves, as they all did, but feels as if he could not and cared not to survive his Master's sacrifice to the fury of His enemies. It was that kind of affection which, living only in the light of its Object, cannot contemplate, or has no heart for life, without it.

John 11:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Death of Lazarus
15and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him." 16Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, so that we may die with Him."
Cross References
Matthew 10:3
Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;

Mark 3:18
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot

Luke 6:15
Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot,

John 11:15
and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."

John 14:5
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

John 20:24
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.

John 20:26
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"

John 21:2
Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.

Acts 1:13
When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
Treasury of Scripture

Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Thomas.

John 20:24-29 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them …

John 21:2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael …

Matthew 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James …

Mark 3:18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, …

Luke 6:15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,

Let.

John 11:8 His disciples say to him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone …

John 13:37 Peter said to him, Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay …

Matthew 26:35 Peter said to him, Though I should die with you, yet will I not deny …

Luke 22:33 And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you, both into prison, …

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