Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.…
The man who was healed at the pool of Bethesda, the blind man who was sent to wash in the pool of Siloam, were merely suffering Jews; the bread at Capernaum was given to 5,000 men gathered indiscriminately; the nobleman at Capernaum seems to have heard for the first time of Jesus; the guests at the marriage feast may have been His neighbours, or even His kinsmen, but we are not told that they were. This message is the first which directly appeals to the private affection of the Son of Man, which calls Him to help as a friend because He is a Friend.
(F. D. Maurice, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.