11:1 Now 1 a certain [man] was sick, [named] Lazarus, of
Bethany, the a town of Mary and her sister Martha.
(1) Christ, in restoring the rotting body of his friend to
life, shows an example both of his mighty power, and also
of his singular good will toward men: and this is also an
image of the resurrection to come.
(a) Where his sisters dwelt.
11:62 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode
two days still in the same place where he was.
(2) In that thing which God sometimes seems to linger in
helping us, he does it both for his glory, and for our
salvation, as the end result of the matter clearly proves.
11:83 [His] disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late
sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
(3) This alone is the sure and right way to life, to follow God
boldly without fear, who calls us and shines before us in
the darkness of this world.
11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not c twelve hours in the day?
If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he
seeth the light of this world.
(c) All things happen in a proper way and are brought to
pass in their due time.
11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them,
Our friend Lazarus d sleepeth; but I go, that I may
awake him out of sleep.
(d) The Jews used a milder kind of speech and called death
"sleep", and this same manner of speech is found in
other languages, who call the place of burial where
the dead are laid waiting for the resurrection a
11:194 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to
comfort them concerning their brother.
(4) God, who is the maker of nature, does not condemn natural
emotions, but shows that they ought to be guided by the
rule of faith.
11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall e rise again.
(e) That is, will recover life again.
11:335 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews
also weeping which came with her, he f groaned in the
spirit, and was troubled,
(5) Christ took upon himself together with our flesh all
affections of man (sin alone excepted), and amongst them
especially mercy and compassion.
(f) These are signs that he was greatly moved, but yet
these signs were without sin: and these affections
belong to man's nature.
11:466 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and
told them what things Jesus had done.
(6) The last aspect of hard and ironlike stubbornness is to
proclaim open war against God, and yet it does not cease to
make a pretence both of godliness and of the profit of the
11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a g
council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many
(g) The Jews called the council sanhedrin: and the word
that John uses is Synedri.
11:48 If we let him thus alone, all [men] will believe on him:
and the Romans shall come and h take away both our place
(h) That is, take away from us by force: for at that time,
though the high priest's authority was greatly
lessened and weakened, yet there was some type of
government left among the Jews.
11:497 And one of them, [named] Caiaphas, being the high
priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at
(7) The raging and angry company of the false church persuade
themselves that they cannot be in safety, unless he is
taken away, who alone upholds the Church. And the wisdom
of the flesh judges in the same way in worldly affairs,
which is governed by the spirit of giddiness or madness.
11:518 And this spake he not of himself: but being high
priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for
(8) Christ sometimes turns the tongues, even of the wicked, so
that even in cursing they bless.
11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should
gather together in one the children of God that i were
(i) For they were not gathered together in one country, as
the Jews were, but were to be gathered from all
quarters, from the east to the west.
11:549 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews;
but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness,
into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his
(9) We may give place to the rage of the wicked, when it is
expedient to do so, but yet in such a way that we do not
swerve from God's calling.