New American Standard Bible
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off;
King James Bible
Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
Darby Bible Translation
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia off,
World English Bible
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away.
Young's Literal Translation
And Bethany was nigh to Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off,
John 11:18 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Nigh unto Jerusalem - This is added to show that it was easy for many of the Jews to come to the place. The news that Jesus was there, and the account of the miracle, would also be easily carried to the Sanhedrin.
Fifteen furlongs - Nearly two miles. It was directly east from Jerusalem. Dr. Thomson (The Land and the Book, vol. ii. p. 599) says of Bethany: "It took half an hour to walk over Olivet to Bethany this morning, and the distance from the city, therefore, must be about two miles. This agrees with what John says: 'Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off.' The village is small, and appears never to have been large, but it is pleasantly situated near the southeastern base of the mount, and has many fine trees about and above it. We, of course, looked at the remains of those old edifices which may have been built in the age of Constantine, and repaired or changed to a convent in the time of the Crusades. By the dim light of a taper we also descended very cautiously, by 25 slippery steps, to the reputed sepulchre of Lazarus, or El Azariyeh, as both tomb and village are now called. But I have no description of it to give, and no questions about it to ask. It is a wretched cavern, every way unsatisfactory, and almost disgusting."
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Jesus wept.--JOHN 11:35. A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.--We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.--It became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.--Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks …
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And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
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