John 11:12
New International Version
His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better."

New Living Translation
The disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!”

English Standard Version
The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”

Berean Study Bible
His disciples replied, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get better.”

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore His disciples said, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will get well."

King James Bible
Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

New King James Version
Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”

New American Standard Bible
The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will come out of it.”

NASB 1995
The disciples then said to Him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

NASB 1977
The disciples therefore said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”

Amplified Bible
The disciples answered, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then the disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will get well.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the disciples said to Him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will get well."

American Standard Version
The disciples therefore said unto him, Lord, if he is fallen asleep, he will recover.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
His disciples were saying to him, “Our Lord, if he is sleeping, he is recovering health.”

Contemporary English Version
They replied, "Lord, if he is asleep, he will get better."

Douay-Rheims Bible
His disciples therefore said: Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

English Revised Version
The disciples therefore said unto him, Lord, if he is fallen asleep, he will recover.

Good News Translation
The disciples answered, "If he is asleep, Lord, he will get well."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His disciples said to him, "Lord, if he's sleeping, he'll get well."

International Standard Version
So the disciples told him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will get well."

Literal Standard Version
therefore His disciples said, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be saved”;

NET Bible
Then the disciples replied, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

New Heart English Bible
Then the disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

Weymouth New Testament
"Master," said the disciples, "if he is asleep he will recover."

World English Bible
The disciples therefore said, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

Young's Literal Translation
therefore said his disciples, 'Sir, if he hath fallen asleep, he will be saved;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Death of Lazarus
11After He had said this, He told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up.” 12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get better.” 13They thought that Jesus was talking about actual sleep, but He was speaking about the death of Lazarus.…

Cross References
Matthew 9:24
"Go away," He told them. "The girl is not dead, but asleep." And they laughed at Him.

John 11:11
After He had said this, He told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up."

John 11:13
They thought that Jesus was talking about actual sleep, but He was speaking about the death of Lazarus.


Treasury of Scripture

Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.









(12) Then said his disciples.--Better, Therefore . . . Their remark immediately arises out of what our Lord has said. They are glad to catch at any reason for not going to Judaea.

If he sleep, he shall do well.--More exactly, If he be fallen asleep, he shall be saved. There could be, therefore, no reason for His going, as the disease had passed the crisis. Sleep is given by the Rabbis as one of six favourable symptoms, and that it is so is a common-place in authors of all periods. From the apparent suddenness of the attack, and rapidity of the progress of the disease, it would seem to have been the "great fever" which was common in Palestine (comp. John 4:52, and especially Note on Luke 4:38), and in which sleep would be the sign that the fever had ceased.

Verse 12. - The disciples therefore say unto him, Lord, if he have fallen asleep, he will recover. Wunsche quotes 'Berach,' fol. 57, b, "Sleep is a good sign for the sick." The language of the disciples is somewhat remarkable; at least their misunderstanding is puzzling (Reuss and Strauss think it is a sign of the unhistorical); but it probably arose out of the statement, made two days before, that "the sickness was not unto death," and from their eager and affectionate desire to prevent their Lord's retraining to Judaea. If he have fallen asleep, he well recover (be saved). The whole narrative is throbbing with deeper meanings than lie on the surface of it. The theory of the sanitary effects of sleep in fever are well known, and the rousing from such sleep might seem hazardous; but the disciples were catching at straws to save their Master.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
His
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

disciples
μαθηταὶ (mathētai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

replied,
Εἶπαν (Eipan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Lord,
Κύριε (Kyrie)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

he is sleeping,
κεκοίμηται (kekoimētai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2837: From keimai; to put to sleep, i.e. to slumber; figuratively, to decease.

he will get better.”
σωθήσεται (sōthēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4982: To save, heal, preserve, rescue. From a primary sos; to save, i.e. Deliver or protect.


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