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John 11:20 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1 ) "Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming," (ho oun Martha hos ekousen hoti lesous erchetai) "Then Martha as soon as she heard that Jesus approaches," was coming in response to the message she had sent Him some four days before that; "He whom thou lovest is sick" Joh 11:3. She had heard perhaps, byword of watchers and comforters who had come to mourn with her, as she anticipated the Lord's coming to her and her sister Mary, to share this hour of sorrow.

2) "Went and met him:” (hupentesen auto) "Went to meet him," just outside the village, town, or city limits of Bethany, Joh 11:30. She went out to greet Jesus as the elder sister and mistress of the house, Luk 10:38-40. This going out to meet Him was an expression of greeting and hospitality.

3) "But Mary sat still in the house." (Mariam de en to oiko ekathezeto) "However Mary sat in the house," remained at the residence, receiving condolence from her Jewish friends, Our Lord had approached the village from beyond Jordan to the east, ascending the mount of Olivet to Bethany with a caravan of His disciples and followers who had perhaps been seen from a great way off by those who brought the word to Mary and Martha.

Sitting was an ancient posture women assumed in mourning for friends and relatives, upon the death of one, after the body is carried out of the house, Eze 8:14.

Consult other comments:

John 11:20 - The Greek Testament

John 11:20 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 11:20 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 11:20 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 11:20 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 11:20 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 11:20 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 11:20 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 11:20 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:20 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:20 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 11:20 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 11:20 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 11:20 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 11:20 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 11:20 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 11:20 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 11:20 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 11:20 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 11:20 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 11:20 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 11:20 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 11:20 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 11:20 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:20 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 11:20 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 11:20 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 11:20 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary