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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - John 11:36-37

John 11:36-37. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him They seem to wonder he should have so strong an affection for one to whom he was not related, and with whom he had not had a long acquaintance, having spent most of his time in Galilee, at a great distance from Bethany. It becomes us, according to this example of Christ, to show our love to our friends, both living and dying. We must sorrow for our brethren that sleep in Jesus, as those that are full of love, though not void of... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - John 11:1-44

BACK TO JUDEA116. Resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:1-44)While Jesus was still in the region between the Jordan and Jerusalem, he heard that his friend Lazarus, who lived in Bethany, was seriously ill. Jesus did not hurry to Bethany, because he knew that Lazarus was already dead. By raising him to life, Jesus would give unmistakable evidence of his unity with the Father (John 11:1-6).After waiting two days, Jesus decided to set out for Bethany. The disciples tried to stop him, fearing that the... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - John 11:36-38

John 11:36-38. Then said the Jews, Behold, &c.— Our Lord's tears had also another use; they caused those who saw them to wonder the more at the death of Lazarus, and consequently to doubt of his divine power, who prevented it not; whence the subsequent miracle, as less expected by them, became the more wonderful. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! They perceived that his was no affected grief, but the real testimony of a sincere regard; and they could not but conclude that this... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - John 11:36

36. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!—We thank you, O ye visitors from Jerusalem, for this spontaneous testimony to the human tenderness of the Son of God. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - John 11:1-44

1. The seventh sign: raising Lazarus 11:1-44Jesus had presented Himself as the Water of Life, the Bread of Life, and the Light of Life. Now He revealed Himself as the resurrection and the life. This was the seventh and last of Jesus’ miraculous signs that John recorded, and it was the most powerful revelation of His true identity. [Note: See Edersheim, 2:308.] It shows Jesus’ authority over humankind’s greatest and last enemy: death. Some scholars view Jesus’ resurrection as one of His signs.... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - John 11:30-37

The revelation of Jesus’ compassion 11:30-37The emphasis in this pericope is on Jesus’ compassion in the face of sin’s consequences. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - John 11:36-37

The Jewish onlookers interpreted Jesus’ angry tears in two ways. They took them as evidence of Jesus’ great love for Lazarus. They did reflect that, but not as the Jews thought. Jesus was not weeping because death had separated Him from His friend. The Jews also concluded that Jesus’ tears reflected the grief He felt over His apparent inability to prevent Lazarus from dying. This deduction revealed unbelief as well as ignorance of Jesus’ person. Jesus’ healing of the man born blind had occurred... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - John 11:1-57

Christ the Resurrection and the Life1-44. The raising of Lazarus. The last and greatest of the seven ’signs’ recorded in this Gospel is related with such photographic minuteness of detail, that it is clear that the evangelist was present. Three points about it are specially noteworthy: (1) that it was a physical miracle, which no ingenuity can reduce to a case of faith-healing; (2) that it was definitely worked to produce faith in Christ (John 11:42); (3) that more than any other miracle it was... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - John 11:36

(36) Then said the Jews—i.e., part of them. (See the next verse.) The term “Jews” is repeated with a frequency (John 11:31; John 11:33) which makes prominent their hostile position.Behold how he loved him!—Or, more exactly, how He used to love him. The word used is the strong word for love which the sisters had themselves used in John 11:3. “How He must have loved him,” they think, “during his life, if He thus sheds tears for him after his death!” read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - John 11:1-57

Bethany John 11:1 One of Robert McCheyne's sayings is still remembered in Collace (the scene of the early ministry of Dr. Andrew Bonar): 'Bethany was known in Scripture not so much as Bethany, but as the town of Mary and her sister Martha'. I wonder who in this place gives the name by which it is known in heaven? It will not be known there as Collace, but as the town of perhaps some bedridden believer up in the hills. Reminiscences of Dr. Andrew Bonar, p. 8. References. XI. 1. Expositor (4th... read more

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