John 11:42
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New International Version
I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."

New Living Translation
You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me."

English Standard Version
I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”

Berean Study Bible
I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me."

Berean Literal Bible
And I knew that always You hear Me; but I said it on account of the crowd standing around, that they may believe that You sent Me."

New American Standard Bible
"I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me."

King James Bible
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know that You always hear Me, but because of the crowd standing here I said this, so they may believe You sent Me."

International Standard Version
I know that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me."

NET Bible
I knew that you always listen to me, but I said this for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me."

New Heart English Bible
I know that you always listen to me, but because of the crowd that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I know that you always hear me, but for the sake of this crowd that is standing here I said these things, that they may believe that you have sent me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I've known that you always hear me. However, I've said this so that the crowd standing around me will believe that you sent me."

New American Standard 1977
“And I knew that Thou hearest Me always; but because of the people standing around I said it, that they may believe that Thou didst send Me.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I knew that thou hearest me always, but because of the people who stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

King James 2000 Bible
And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people who stand by I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me.

American King James Version
And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me.

American Standard Version
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the multitude that standeth around I said it, that they may believe that thou didst send me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I knew that thou hearest me always; but because of the people who stand about have I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Darby Bible Translation
but I knew that thou always hearest me; but on account of the crowd who stand around I have said [it], that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

English Revised Version
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the multitude which standeth around I said it, that they may believe that thou didst send me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people who stand by, I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Weymouth New Testament
I know that Thou always hearest me; but for the sake of the crowd standing round I have said this--that they may believe that Thou didst send me."

World English Bible
I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me."

Young's Literal Translation
and I knew that Thou always dost hear me, but, because of the multitude that is standing by, I said it, that they may believe that Thou didst send me.'
Study Bible
Jesus Raises Lazarus
41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me.” 43After Jesus had said this, He called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”…
Cross References
John 3:17
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

John 11:43
After Jesus had said this, He called out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"

John 12:11
for on account of him many of the Jews were deserting them and believing in Jesus.

John 12:17
Meanwhile, many people continued to testify that they were with Jesus when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead.

John 12:30
In response, Jesus said, "This voice was not for My benefit, but yours.

John 17:21
that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Treasury of Scripture

And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me.

I knew.

John 11:22 But I know, that even now, whatever you will ask of God, God will give it you.

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; …

John 12:27,28 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from …

Matthew 26:53 Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently …

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh…

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God …

but.

John 11:31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, …

John 12:29,30 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: …

that they.

John 11:45-50 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things …

John 9:24-34 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said to him, Give …

John 10:37,38 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not…

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, …

Matthew 12:22-24 Then was brought to him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: …

that thou.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but …

John 6:38-40 For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will …

John 7:28,29 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, You both know …

John 8:16,42 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but …

John 10:36 Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the …

John 17:8,21,25 For I have given to them the words which you gave me; and they have …

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, …

1 John 4:9,10,14 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

(42) And I knew that thou hearest me always.--The meaning depends upon the emphatic position of the pronoun, "I, for My part, knew." "It is not for My own sake that I speak these words." This union of the will of the Father and the Son, by which every prayer of the Son was an expression of the will of the Father, and every work of the Father was in harmony with the will of the Son, was not exceptional, but the law of His human life. There is ever the consciousness, "I and My Father are one" (John 10:30).

But because of the people which stand by I said it.--Better, because of the multitude. He had before instructed the disciples and the sisters. He would instruct the multitude also, so that to them this "miracle" may be more than a wonder, and may teach them that He is sent of God. (Comp. Notes on John 9:29; John 9:31; John 10:21.)

That which He said must be the words "I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me." Some have referred them to the words of John 11:4, but this is in itself improbable, and is besides excluded by the reference to the multitude.

That they may believe that thou hast sent me.--The pronoun is again emphatic. His words mean "That Thou and none beside Thee." They had ascribed the sight given to the blind to deceit, or the work of a demon. This sign is preceded by a thanksgiving to the God of heaven in the presence of them all. It is a solemn appeal, proving His divinity at once by the confidence in which He utters it, and by the answer which Heaven gives to it.

Verse 42. - And I knew that thou hearest me always, but because of the multitude which standeth around I said it, that they may believe that thou didst send me. This great utterance declares all the intimate relation which subsists between the Father of all and the Son in Jesus. A continuous absolute communion is ever going on between heaven and earth in the heart of Jesus. His consciousness of the Father is a door opened in heaven. Alas! these words have been a stumbling-block to many; have suggested to Baur the idea of a "show-prayer," and to Weisse a "deceptive prayer" (schaugebet), and to Strauss that they were introduced into a later but in-authentic narrative of the second century to establish the Divinity of Christ. The simple fact is that the words are not "petition" at all, but they are spoken thought and Divine communion, graciously unveiled for the advantage of the disciples. They are built upon the wonderful assurance which had been repeatedly given by our Lord of his union with and association in unique Personality with the Father. We see from John 16:29-31 that the profound desire occupying the heart of Jesus was that his disciples, first of all, should know that he came out from God, and almost with pathetic eagerness he asks them, "Do ye now believe?" But in John 17:21 he shows that his wishes were not limited to the faith of disciples, but extended to the production of a like conviction in the κόσμος. Here he says, after a pause, "I know that thou art hearing me always." There is no surprise in the discovery that Lazarus was as he really is. Christ's own prayers are always heard, even those in Gethsemane and on the cross (cf. Hebrews 5:7, εἰσακουσθεὶς ἀπὸ τῆς εὐλαβείας). I said it for the multitude that standeth around. The use of ὄχλον περιεστῶτα rather than Ἰουδαίους reveals the genuine language of our Lord rather than that of the evangelist. To what does he refer, what saying has he uttered for the sake of this miscellaneous group? Surely to the great declaration, "I thank thee that thou heardest me." His reason for the audible utterance of his gratitude is, "That they may believe that thou didst send me." If he had not uttered this thanksgiving, the multitude would have glorified him rather than his Father, nor would they have learned, as now they may, that he came forth from God. And I knew that thou hearest me always,.... Which was not only a support to the faith of Christ, as man, but is also to his people, whose advocate, intercessor, and mediator he is.

But because of the people which stand by, I said it; that he was heard, and always heard by God; and, therefore must have great interest in his affection, and knowledge of his will; yea, their wills must be the same:

that they may believe that thou hast sent me: for if he had not sent him, he would never have heard him in anything, and much less in everything; wherefore this was a full proof, and clear evidence of his divine mission. 42. And—rather, "Yet."

I knew that thou hearest me always, but because of the people that stand by I said it, that they might believe that thou hast sent me—Instead of praying now, He simply gives thanks for answer to prayer offered ere He left Perea, and adds that His doing even this, in the audience of the people, was not from any doubt of the prevalency of His prayers in any case, but to show the people that He did nothing without His Father, but all by direct communication with Him.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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