John 11:11
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New International Version
After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."

King James Bible
These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

Darby Bible Translation
These things said he; and after this he says to them, Lazarus, our friend, is fallen asleep, but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.

World English Bible
He said these things, and after that, he said to them, "Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep."

Young's Literal Translation
These things he said, and after this he saith to them, 'Lazarus our friend hath fallen asleep, but I go on that I may awake him;'

John 11:11 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Lazarus sleepeth - It was very common among the Jews to express death by sleep; and the expression, falling asleep - sleeping with their fathers, etc., were in great use among them. The Hebrews probably used this form of speech to signify their belief in the immortality of the soul, and the resurrection of the body.

It is certain that our Lord received no intimation of Lazarus's death from any person, and that he knew it through that power by which he knows all things.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he saith.

John 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him...

John 15:13-15 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends...

Exodus 33:11 And the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua...

2 Chronicles 20:7 Are not you our God, who did drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel...

Isaiah 41:8 But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness...

sleepeth.

John 11:13 However, Jesus spoke of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

Deuteronomy 31:16 And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; and this people will rise up...

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Matthew 9:24 He said to them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed him to scorn.

Mark 5:39 And when he was come in, he said to them, Why make you this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleeps.

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:18,51 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished...

1 Thessalonians 4:14,15 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him...

1 Thessalonians 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

awake.

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

John 5:25-29 Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God...

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

Library
March 28 Evening
Our friend sleepeth.--JOHN 11:11. I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. If the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. But now is Christ risen from the
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

June 22 Evening
Behold how he loved.--JOHN 11:36. He died for all.--Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. He . . . liveth to make intercession for them.--I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am, there ye may be also.--Father, I will that they whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am.--Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. We love him, because he first loved loved us.--The
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

A Mystery! Saints Sorrowing and Jesus Glad!
Jesus is talking of the death of His friend, let us listen to His words; perhaps we may find the key to His actions in the words of His lips. How surprising! He does not say, "I regret that I have tarried so long." He does not say, "I ought to have hastened, but even now it is not too late." Hear, and marvel! Wonder of wonders, He says, "I am glad that I was not there." Glad! the word is out of place? Lazarus, by this time, stinketh in his tomb,and here is the Saviour glad! Martha and Mary are weeping
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 10: 1864

Beloved, and yet Afflicted
We need not be astonished that the man whom the Lord loves is sick, for he is only a man. The love of Jesus does not separate us from the common necessities and infirmities of human life. Men of God are still men. The covenant of grace is not a charter of exemption from consumption, or rheumatism, or asthma. The bodily ills, which come upon us because of our flesh, will attend us to the tomb, for Paul saith, "we that are in this body do groan." Those whom the Lord loves are the more likely to be
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 26: 1880

Cross References
2 Kings 4:31
Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy's face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, "The boy has not awakened."

Matthew 27:52
and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

Mark 5:39
He went in and said to them, "Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep."

John 11:3
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."

John 11:10
It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light."

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

John 11:13
Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

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