Verses of John 11
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.
Verses of John 11
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