John 11:39
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English Standard Version
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”

King James Bible
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

American Standard Version
Jesus saith, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time the body decayeth; for he hath been dead four days.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus saith: Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith to him: Lord, by this time he stinketh, for he is now of four days.

English Revised Version
Jesus saith, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith to him, Lord, by this time his body is offensive: for he hath been dead four days.

Weymouth New Testament
"Take away the stone," said Jesus. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, "Master, by this time there is a foul smell; for it is three days since he died."

John 11:39 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Take ye away

The stone was placed over the entrance mainly to guard against wild beasts, and could easily be removed.

The sister of him that was dead

An apparently superfluous detail, but added in order to give point to her remonstrance at the removal of the stone, by emphasizing the natural reluctance of a sister to have the corrupted body of her brother exposed.

Stinketh (ὄζει)

Only here in the New Testament. Not indicating an experience of her sense, which has been maintained by some expositors, and sometimes expressed in the pictorial treatment of the subject, but merely her inference from the fact that he had been dead four days.

He hath been dead four days (τεταρταῖος ἐστιν)

A peculiar Greek idiom. He is a fourth-day man. So Acts 28:13, after one day: literally, being second-day men, The common Jewish idea was that the soul hovered about the body until the third day, when corruption began, and it took its flight.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?

Lord.

John 11:17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are...

Genesis 23:4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burial plot with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

Psalm 49:7,9,14 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him...

Acts 2:27 Because you will not leave my soul in hell, neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid to his fathers, and saw corruption:

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

Cross References
John 11:17
Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.

2 Corinthians 2:16
to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?

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