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

New Living Translation
But some said, "This man healed a blind man. Couldn't he have kept Lazarus from dying?"

English Standard Version
But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

Berean Study Bible
But some of them asked, "Could not this man who opened the eyes of the blind also have prevented Lazarus from dying?"

Berean Literal Bible
But some of them said, "Was not this man having opened the eyes of the blind able to have caused that this one also should not have died?"

New American Standard Bible
But some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?"

King James Bible
And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But some of them said, "Couldn't He who opened the blind man's eyes also have kept this man from dying?"

International Standard Version
But some of them said, "Surely the one who opened the eyes of the blind man could have kept this man from dying, couldn't he?"

NET Bible
But some of them said, "This is the man who caused the blind man to see! Couldn't he have done something to keep Lazarus from dying?"

New Heart English Bible
But some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But some of them said, “Was not this one who had opened the eyes of the blind man able to cause that even this one would not have died?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But some of the Jews asked, "Couldn't this man who gave a blind man sight keep Lazarus from dying?"

New American Standard 1977
But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have kept this man also from dying?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have also caused that this man should not have died?

King James 2000 Bible
And some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

American King James Version
And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

American Standard Version
But some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of him that was blind, have caused that this man also should not die?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But some of them said: Could not he that opened the eyes of the man born blind, have caused that this man should not die?

Darby Bible Translation
And some of them said, Could not this [man], who has opened the eyes of the blind [man], have caused that this [man] also should not have died?

English Revised Version
But some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of him that was blind, have caused that this man also should not die?

Webster's Bible Translation
And some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

Weymouth New Testament
But others of them asked, "Was this man who opened the blind man's eyes unable to prevent this man from dying?"

World English Bible
Some of them said, "Couldn't this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?"

Young's Literal Translation
and certain of them said, 'Was not this one, who did open the eyes of the blind man, able to cause that also this one might not have died?'
Study Bible
Jesus Comforts Martha and Mary
36Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” 37But some of them asked, “Could not this man who opened the eyes of the blind also have prevented Lazarus from dying?” 38Jesus, once again deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.…
Cross References
John 9:7
Then He told him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came back seeing.

John 11:21
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
Treasury of Scripture

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

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(37) And some of them said.--Better, But some of them said--i.e., another party of the Jews, differing from those mentioned in the last verse.

Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind . .?--They refer to the greatest miracle which had taken place within the limits of their own knowledge. The other miracles of raising the dead they must have heard of, but had not believed. What they think of here is not raising the dead, but the possibility of preventing death; and their question is meant to imply that He could not have prevented this death. If He could, surely He would have done so for one whom He had loved, and would have come at once, instead of waiting until death had taken place. The inference they would draw is that, after all, the present failure is a proof that He did not open the eyes of the blind.

And some of them said,.... Who were averse to him, and bore him a secret grudge, and were willing to put the worst construction on every action of his:

could not this man which opened the eyes of the blind; as it is said, at least pretended, that he did, John 9:6, for this must be understood as calling the miracle into question, and as a sneer upon it, and not as taking it for granted that so it was; and even supposing that, it is mentioned to his reproach, since if so, he might

have caused that, even this man should not died: for either the above cure was a sham, or, if it was a real thing, he who did that could have prevented Lazarus's death; and if he could, and would not, where is his friendship? and what must be thought of all this show of affection to him? and what are these tears, but crocodile ones? but this reasoning, as specious as it may seem, was very fallacious; for he that cured the man born blind could raise Lazarus from the dead, which he intended; and therefore did not prevent his death, that he might still give more joy to the family, bring more glory to God, and himself, and more shame and confusion to his enemies. 37. And—rather, "But."

some … said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that this man should not have died?—The former exclamation came from the better-feeling portion of the spectators; this betokens a measure of suspicion. It hardly goes the length of attesting the miracle on the blind man; but "if (as everybody says) He did that, why could He not also have kept Lazarus alive?" As to the restoration of the dead man to life, they never so much as thought of it. But this disposition to dictate to divine power, and almost to peril our confidence in it upon its doing our bidding, is not confined to men of no faith.11:33-46 Christ's tender sympathy with these afflicted friends, appeared by the troubles of his spirit. In all the afflictions of believers he is afflicted. His concern for them was shown by his kind inquiry after the remains of his deceased friend. Being found in fashion as a man, he acts in the way and manner of the sons of men. It was shown by his tears. He was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. Tears of compassion resemble those of Christ. But Christ never approved that sensibility of which many are proud, while they weep at mere tales of distress, but are hardened to real woe. He sets us an example to withdraw from scenes of giddy mirth, that we may comfort the afflicted. And we have not a High Priest who cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities. It is a good step toward raising a soul to spiritual life, when the stone is taken away, when prejudices are removed, and got over, and way is made for the word to enter the heart. If we take Christ's word, and rely on his power and faithfulness, we shall see the glory of God, and be happy in the sight. Our Lord Jesus has taught us, by his own example, to call God Father, in prayer, and to draw nigh to him as children to a father, with humble reverence, yet with holy boldness. He openly made this address to God, with uplifted eyes and loud voice, that they might be convinced the Father had sent him as his beloved Son into the world. He could have raised Lazarus by the silent exertion of his power and will, and the unseen working of the Spirit of life; but he did it by a loud call. This was a figure of the gospel call, by which dead souls are brought out of the grave of sin: and of the sound of the archangel's trumpet at the last day, with which all that sleep in the dust shall be awakened, and summoned before the great tribunal. The grave of sin and this world, is no place for those whom Christ has quickened; they must come forth. Lazarus was thoroughly revived, and returned not only to life, but to health. The sinner cannot quicken his own soul, but he is to use the means of grace; the believer cannot sanctify himself, but he is to lay aside every weight and hinderance. We cannot convert our relatives and friends, but we should instruct, warn, and invite them.
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