John 11:21
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New International Version
"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

New Living Translation
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.

English Standard Version
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

New American Standard Bible
Martha then said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

King James Bible
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn't have died.

International Standard Version
Martha told Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

NET Bible
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Martha said to Yeshua, “My Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Martha told Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Martha said unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

American King James Version
Then said Martha to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died.

American Standard Version
Martha therefore said unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Martha therefore said to Jesus: Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Darby Bible Translation
Martha therefore said to Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died;

English Revised Version
Martha therefore said unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Martha to Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Weymouth New Testament
So Martha came and spoke to Jesus. "Master, if you had been here," she said, "my brother would not have died.

World English Bible
Therefore Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn't have died.

Young's Literal Translation
Martha, therefore, said unto Jesus, 'Sir, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:17-32 Here was a house where the fear of God was, and on which his blessing rested; yet it was made a house of mourning. Grace will keep sorrow from the heart, but not from the house. When God, by his grace and providence, is coming towards us in ways of mercy and comfort, we should, like Martha, go forth by faith, hope, and prayer, to meet him. When Martha went to meet Jesus, Mary sat still in the house; this temper formerly had been an advantage to her, when it put her at Christ's feet to hear his word; but in the day of affliction, the same temper disposed her to melancholy. It is our wisdom to watch against the temptations, and to make use of the advantages of our natural tempers. When we know not what in particular to ask or expect, let us refer ourselves to God; let him do as seemeth him good. To enlarge Martha's expectations, our Lord declared himself to be the Resurrection and the Life. In every sense he is the Resurrection; the source, the substance, the first-fruits, the cause of it. The redeemed soul lives after death in happiness; and after the resurrection, both body and soul are kept from all evil for ever. When we have read or heard the word of Christ, about the great things of the other world, we should put it to ourselves, Do we believe this truth? The crosses and comforts of this present time would not make such a deep impression upon us as they do, if we believed the things of eternity as we ought. When Christ our Master comes, he calls for us. He comes in his word and ordinances, and calls us to them, calls us by them, calls us to himself. Those who, in a day of peace, set themselves at Christ's feet to be taught by him, may with comfort, in a day of trouble, cast themselves at his feet, to find favour with him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Martha therefore (having met her Lord) said unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here - the εἰ η΅ς ω΅δε expresses no complaint: "If thou hadst been here," a simple condition of what is now an impossible event - my brother had not died. Meyer says, "If thou weft making thy residence in Bethany rather than in Peraea." This is somewhat unnatural, and would have been a complaint. Her faith had at least ground enough for this assurance, but she mounts above it. The two sisters, with their contrasted natures, had grasped the life-giving, joy-diffusing, heaven-revealing powers of Jesus. They had believed in him, with a gracious abandonment of all prejudice and in the sweeping force of a great illuminating love. They had said often this same thing to one another, and now Martha pours her high persuasion into the ears of her Lord; but she proceeds further.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When said Martha unto Jesus,.... When she was come to him,

Lord, if thou hadst been here my brother had not died: which expresses much faith, but with a mixture of weakness, as if the presence of Christ was necessary for the working a cure; whereas he could as well have restored her brother to health absent, as present, had it been his will, as he did the centurion's servant, and the nobleman's son of Capernaum.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. Then said Martha … Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died—As Mary afterwards said the same thing (Joh 11:32), it is plain they had made this very natural remark to each other, perhaps many times during these four sad days, and not without having their confidence in His love at times overclouded. Such trials of faith, however, are not peculiar to them.

John 11:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Comforts Martha and Mary
20Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. 21Martha then said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22"Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."…
Cross References
John 11:2
(This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)

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

John 11:32
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

John 11:37
But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
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