John 5:28
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New International Version
"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice

New Living Translation
Don't be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God's Son,

English Standard Version
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice

Berean Study Bible
Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice

Berean Literal Bible
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming in which all those in the tombs will hear His voice,

New American Standard Bible
"Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,

King James Bible
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice

International Standard Version
Don't be amazed at this, because the time is approaching when everyone in their graves will hear the Son of Man's voice

NET Bible
"Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice

New Heart English Bible
Do not marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be astonished at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in the graves shall hear his voice,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be surprised at what I've just said. A time is coming when all the dead will hear his voice,

New American Standard 1977
“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Marvel not at this, for an hour shall come when all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

King James 2000 Bible
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

American King James Version
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

American Standard Version
Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wonder not at this; for the hour cometh, wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God.

Darby Bible Translation
Wonder not at this, for an hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs shall hear his voice,

English Revised Version
Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice,

Webster's Bible Translation
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Weymouth New Testament
Wonder not at this. For a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and will come forth--

World English Bible
Don't marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice,

Young's Literal Translation
'Wonder not at this, because there doth come an hour in which all those in the tombs shall hear his voice,
Study Bible
The Father and the Son
27And He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 28Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice 29and come out—those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.…
Cross References
Daniel 12:2
"Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

John 4:21
"Believe Me, woman," Jesus replied, "a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

John 4:23
But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.

John 5:25
Truly, truly, I tell you, the hour is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

John 11:24
Martha replied, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

Acts 24:15
and I have the same hope in God that they themselves cherish, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

1 Corinthians 15:52
in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
Treasury of Scripture

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Marvel.

John 5:20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself …

John 3:7 Marvel not that I said to you, You must be born again.

Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered to the people, You men of Israel, …

for.

John 6:39,40 And this is the Father's will which has sent me, that of all which …

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

Job 19:25,26 For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the …

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. …

Ezekiel 37:1-10 The hand of the LORD was on me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD…

Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them …

1 Corinthians 15:22,42-54 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive…

Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to …

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also …

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books …

(28) Marvel not at this--i.e., that He has Himself a source of life and authority to judge. There shall follow from this "greater works," at which they shall marvel. There is an hour coming (here not with the addition "and now is," verse .25) when the victory over physical death shall also make manifest this life, for "all that are in the graves" shall hear His voice, and the final judgment shall declare to the universe His authority to judge.

Verses 28, 29. - It is impossible not to draw a distinction between the theme of these verses and that of vers. 24, 25. The Lord announces an event which is in the future altogether. The "and now is," which characterized the first resurrection of which he spoke, is here omitted. The description of the subjects of the resurrection as those "in their graves," contradistinguishes them from "the dead" of ver. 25 - a phrase which will suffer several interpretations. The universality of the summons, and the impossibility of neglecting it or ignoring it, form another marked contrast to the resurrection already referred to. Marvel not at this! At what? Clearly at the entire statement that the resurrection of dead souls will be the undoubted issue of accepting Christ's word and identifying it with the word of God. Marvel not that the judgment of the world is entrusted to "the Son," because he is both Son of man as well as Son of God. "Marvel not" is a relative word. It means obviously that there is a greater marvel still in store. Because the hour is coming; always coming, though it seemeth long - coming swiftly, measured on the great clock face of the universe. Geological time, astronomical aeons, should before this have rebuked our impertinence about the delays of God, and our shallow criticism of the fulness of the times. "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." As compared with geological annals, still less with God's eternities, it is only the day before yesterday when Adam fell; it is only yesterday that Jesus died and rose again, and tomorrow that he will come in his glory. The hour is coming when all who are in the graves shall hear his voice. The same voice that wakes the spiritually dead shall pierce the clods, shall find the buried dead, shall bring once more into the world of the visible and tangible the long forgotten lived. Every solitary life lives with him and before him. The organic clothing of the spirit, which goes on, as St. Paul suggests (2 Corinthians 5:1) from the death of the physical body till the coming of the Son of God with glory, does not render this statement more difficult, but more comprehensible. As far as this world is concerned, those who are clothed upon with the house not made with hands - those who are with Christ, are to all appearance dead, and in their "graves," in their memorial places; but they will all hear the voice of the Son, and they will come, forth; they that have done good things, to the resurrection of life; they that have practised evil things, to the resurrection of judgment. They will come forth from these hiding places of fading memories. Even tombs of prophets and kings are themselves buried, covered by the graves of the many generations that have followed. The grave hidden will come forth into what we call the reality, visibility, tangibility, of things. The hour is coming on apace when Death himself shall be dead, and the mystery of time be finished. They that rise will divide themselves into two classes. The anastasis will have two forms. There is a "resurrection of life" and a "resurrection of judgment." Those who have indeed passed from spiritual death to life will not come into "judgment" (not κρίμα or κατάκριμα, but κρίσις) when their anastasis is complete, their judgment is over, their life is secure. When those who have not heard the voice of the Son of God, have not come to the light, who are not of God nor of the truth - men who have deliberately practised "evil things" without compunction or amendment, - when these are called from their tombs, from their shadowy hiding places, into the presence of him who executes judgment, it will be to undergo the (κρίσις) judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10). We must, indeed, all be made manifest before the judgment throne of Christ, to receive the consequences of "the doing of well" and "the practice of evil." The issue of the one is life, and of the other is judgment. The suggestion seems to be that such judgment may issue unfavourably, but the thought is centred upon the process of the judgment. The effort of Reuss and others to draw a marked distinction between the eschatology of the synoptists and of John fails. Christ does not represent the spiritual resurrection as "greater work" than the physical resurrection. On the contrary, white he speaks of the marvelling of his hearers at his claim to quicken the spiritually dead, yet the ground of their marvel is emphatically arrested (see ver. 28) until they should recognize to the full the fact that, as Son of God and Son of man, he would call all the dead from their graves. Thoma finds admirable justification for this representation by the Johannist of the Messianic Judge, alike in the Book of Daniel, in the synoptic Gospels, in the Pauline Epistles, and Apocalypse! Marvel not at this,.... Either at the cure of the man that had been diseased thirty and eight years, as some think; or at the Son of God being also the son of man, as the Syriac version suggests; or rather at the dead hearing the voice of the Son of God, and living upon it; and at his having authority to execute judgment upon all, to govern and defend his own church and people, and in the last day acquit them, and to take vengeance on his and their enemies, both now and hereafter:

for the hour is coming, in which all that are in their graves shall hear his voice. This respects the general resurrection; for there will be a resurrection both of the just and unjust, of all that are in their graves; and though all that are dead are not in graves, or interred in the earth, as some are in the sea; yet, because the greater part are in graves, this phrase is chosen to express the universality of the resurrection: and this is also a proof of the resurrection of the same body; for what else are in the graves but bodies? and what else can come forth from them but the same bodies? and the time is hastening on when these bodies shall be quickened, and hear the voice of the Son of God; which whether the same with the voice of the archangel in 1 Thessalonians 4:16; and whether an articulate voice, or a violent clap of thunder, which is the voice of God, or only the exertion of Christ's mighty power is intended, is not easy to determine, and may be needless to inquire. Certain it is, that this voice of Christ will be attended with almighty power, as the effect following upon it will show. The Jews observe (g), that

"there are three things which do not come into the world but "by voices"; there is the voice of a living creature, as it is written, Genesis 3:16, "in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children", and as it is written, Genesis 30:22, "and God hearkened to her"; and there is the voice of rains, as it is written, 1 Kings 18:41, "for there is a voice of abundance of rain", and it is written, Psalm 29:3, "the voice of the Lord is upon the waters"; and , "there is the voice of the resurrection of the dead", as it is written, Isaiah 40:3, "the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness";''

but that was the voice of John the Baptist. It will be the voice of the Son of God that will quicken and raise the dead.

(g) Zohar in Gen. fol. 70. 4. 28. Marvel not at this—this committal of all judgment to the Son of man.

for the hour is coming—He adds not in this case (as in Joh 5:25), "and now is," because this was not to be till the close of the whole dispensation of mercy.5:24-29 Our Lord declared his authority and character, as the Messiah. The time was come when the dead should hear his voice, as the Son of God, and live. Our Lord first refers to his raising those who were dead in sin, to newness of life, by the power of the Spirit, and then to his raising the dead in their graves. The office of Judge of all men, can only be exercised by one who has all knowledge, and almighty power. May we believe His testimony; thus our faith and hope will be in God, and we shall not come into condemnation. And may His voice reach the hearts of those dead in sin; that they may do works meet for repentance, and prepare for the solemn day.
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