Verses of John 11


John 11:33 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The condolency and tender sympathy expressed by our Saviour upon this occasion: He groaned in his spirit, and was troubled: or, as the original has it, he troubled himself, intimating that our Saviour's passions were pure and holy, not like ours, muddy and mixed with sinful imperfection. The commotions of his affections were like the shaking of pure water in a crystal glass, which still remains clear; and they arose and were calmed at his pleasure; he was not overpowered by them, but had them at his command.

Learn hence, That as Christ took upon him the human nature so he did assume also human affections, thereby evidencing himself to be our brother and near kinsman, according to the flesh.

Learn, 2. That the passions and affections, which our Saviour had and expressed, were always holy and innocent: he was not without them, but he was above them; they did never violently and immoderately trouble him, but when he pleased, he troubled himself Jesus groaned in spirit, and troubled himself.

Observe, 2. How our Saviour manifests his condolency and tender sympathy with Martha and Mary, by his weeping. Jesus wept: partly from compassion, and partly for example; in compassion first to humanity to see how miserably sin had debased the human nature and rendered man like unto the brute beasts that perish.

Secondly, in compassion to Lazarus, whom he was now about to bring back into a sinful and troublesome world. Thus St. Jerome, Non flevit Chrystus lachrymas nostras, &c. "Christ, says he, did not weep tears, he mourned over Lazarus, not because dead, but because now to be brought again to life."

Again Christ wept for our example, to fetch sighs and tears from us, at the sight of others' miseries, and especially at the funerals of our godly friends.

Learn hence, That mourning and sorrow, and this expressed by tears and weeping, is an affection proper for those that go to funerals, provided it be decently kept within due bounds and is not excessive: for immoderate sorrow is hurtful to the living, and dishonourable to the dead: neither is it an argument of more love, but an evidence of less grace.

Note, 3. How the Jews observing Christ's sorrow for, admire his love to, dead Lazarus: Behold, how he loved him! Christ's love to his people is admirable and soul amazing: such as see it may admire it, but can never fully comprehend it.

Note, 4. How some of the malicious Jews attempt to lessen the reputation of our Saviour, not willing to own him to be God, because he did not keep Lazarus from dying; as if Christ could not be the Son of God, because he did not at all times, and in all cases, exert and put forth his divine power. Whereas Christ acted freely, and not necessarily, governing his actions by his own wisdom, as he saw most conducing to the ends and purposes of his own glory.

Verses of John 11


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John 11:33 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 11:33 - The Greek Testament

John 11:33 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 11:33 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 11:33 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 11:33 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 11:33 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 11:33 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 11:33 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 11:33 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:33 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:33 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 11:33 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 11:33 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 11:33 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 11:33 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 11:33 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 11:33 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 11:33 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 11:33 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 11:33 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 11:33 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 11:33 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 11:33 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 11:33 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 11:33 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 11:33 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 11:33 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 11:33 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:33 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 11:33 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 11:33 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 11:33 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament