John 12:2
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New International Version
Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.

New Living Translation
A dinner was prepared in Jesus' honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him.

English Standard Version
So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.

New American Standard Bible
So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.

King James Bible
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they gave a dinner for Him there; Martha was serving them, and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.

International Standard Version
There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.

NET Bible
So they prepared a dinner for Jesus there. Martha was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table with him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they made a supper for him there and Martha was serving and Lazar was one of the guests with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dinner was prepared for Jesus in Bethany. Martha served the dinner, and Lazarus was one of the people eating with Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There they made him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those that sat at the table with him.

King James 2000 Bible
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

American King James Version
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

American Standard Version
So they made him a supper there: and Martha served; but Lazarus was one of them that sat at meat with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they made him a supper there: and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that were at table with him.

Darby Bible Translation
There therefore they made him a supper, and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those at table with him.

English Revised Version
So they made him a supper there: and Martha served; but Lazarus was one of them that sat at meat with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

Weymouth New Testament
So they gave a dinner there in honour of Jesus, at which Martha waited at table, but Lazarus was one of the guests who were with Him.

World English Bible
So they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him.

Young's Literal Translation
they made, therefore, to him a supper there, and Martha was ministering, and Lazarus was one of those reclining together (at meat) with him;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-11 Christ had formerly blamed Martha for being troubled with much serving. But she did not leave off serving, as some, who when found fault with for going too far in one way, peevishly run too far another way; she still served, but within hearing of Christ's gracious words. Mary gave a token of love to Christ, who had given real tokens of his love to her and her family. God's Anointed should be our Anointed. Has God poured on him the oil of gladness above his fellows, let us pour on him the ointment of our best affections. In Judas a foul sin is gilded over with a plausible pretence. We must not think that those do no acceptable service, who do it not in our way. The reigning love of money is heart-theft. The grace of Christ puts kind comments on pious words and actions, makes the best of what is amiss, and the most of what is good. Opportunities are to be improved; and those first and most vigorously, which are likely to be the shortest. To consult to hinder the further effect of the miracle, by putting Lazarus to death, is such wickedness, malice, and folly, as cannot be explained, except by the desperate enmity of the human heart against God. They resolved that the man should die whom the Lord had raised to life. The success of the gospel often makes wicked men so angry, that they speak and act as if they hoped to obtain a victory over the Almighty himself.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - There, therefore, they made him a supper, and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. John does not tell us in whose house "they made the dinner" or supper, and unless Simon the leper (Matthew 26:6 and Mark 14:3) is a member of the family (or, as some suggest, the husband of Martha), we cannot suppose that it was in the quiet home of Bethany that this feast in honor of Jesus was held, but that it took place, as the synoptists positively declare, "in the house of Simon the leper." Simon may easily have been one of the many lepers whom our Lord had healed, and whose soul was filled with accordant gratitude. At that table there would be seated two transcendent; proofs of the power of Jesus to save, not only from the semblance but from the reality of death (see Meyer; Matthew 26:6). We wonder, with Godet, that Meyer should reject this simple supposition as "spurious harmony." All that is here stated is in agreement with it:

(1) that Martha should have shown her reverence by serving her Lord, according to her wont, not necessarily as hostess (Hengstenberg and Lange), but as the expression of her devoted thankfulness;

(2) that Lazarus should have been one of those who sat at meat, reclined at table, with him, i.e. took a position as a guest, like himself; and

(3) that Mary should have poured forth her costly spikenard, in royal self-forgetting love. The conduct of all the three thus mentioned is compatible with the fact stated in the synoptic narrative, that the festival was celebrated in the house of Simon the leper. Our Lord had commented, in the house of Simon the Pharisee (Luke 7:44, etc.), on the absence of the customary anointing with oil. Mary knew of this, and resolved that, whatever the woman who was a sinner had done, no similar act of neglect should occur on that memorable evening. A chronological discrepancy renders an identification of the synoptic narrative of Matthew with this story perplexing. In Matthew 26:2 we are brought to within two days of the Passover, whereas here we cannot well be less than five days before it. However, there is nothing in Matthew 26:6-13 which indubitably declares the date of the supper The "two days" may refer to the date of Judas's treachery, after mentioning which he goes back to an event which furnished occasion and temptation to the avaricious mind of Judas.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There they made him a supper,.... At Bethany, in the house of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary; by whose order, and at whose charge it was prepared for him; and not in the house of Simon the leper, which was four days after this, Matthew 26:2.

And Martha served; who was always a busy, active, and stirring woman; and this she did, to testify her love to Christ, and great respect for him; otherwise, as she was a person of substance, she had servants enough to wait at table:

but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him; and ate, and drank, and conversed; by which it appeared, that he was really risen from the dead, and was in a good state of health.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Martha served—This, with what is afterwards said of Mary's way of honoring her Lord, is so true to the character in which those two women appear in Lu 10:38-42, as to constitute one of the strongest and most delightful confirmations of the truth of both narratives. (See also on Joh 11:20).

Lazarus … sat at the table—"Between the raised Lazarus and the healed leper (Simon, Mr 14:3), the Lord probably sits as between two trophies of His glory" [Stier].

John 12:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Anointed by Mary
1Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.…
Cross References
Luke 10:38
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

Luke 10:40
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

Luke 10:41
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,
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Martha.

Matthew 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat…

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Lazarus.

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

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