John 11:4 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1 ) "When Jesus heard that, he said," (akousas de ho lesous eipen) "Then when Jesus heard (of it) he said," to the disciples who were with Him in Bethabara, inclusive of John, the writer of this story, and the only Gospel writer who recounted the miraculous event, Joh 20:30-31.

2) "The sickness is not unto death," (aute he astheneia ouk estin pros thanaton) "This ailment (illness) is not (exists not) to death," toward death, Joh 11:11; It was not to terminal death, permanent physical death, as also expressed of another, Mat 9:24. Our Lord certified this because He knew what He would do, Joh 6:6.

3) "But for the glory of God," (all' huper tes dokses tou theou) "But (it is) on behalf of the glory of God," that God might be glorified, as expressed also Joh 9:3. Some sickness is caused by one's own carelessness, some by overwork, some by worry, some by ravages of disease, yet some is simply for the glory of God, See?

4) "That the Son of God might be glorified thereby." (hina doksasthe ho huios tou theou di' autes) "In order that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Jesus knew what the result of Lazarus' sickness would be and what He would do, that both He and the Father might be glorified in it, Rom 8:28; Ecc 3:1; Joh 13:31. His own death later was also designed to be for both His glory and that of the Father, Joh 7:39; Joh 12:16.

Consult other comments:

John 11:4 - The Greek Testament

John 11:4 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 11:4 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 11:4 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 11:4 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 11:4 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 11:4 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 11:4 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:4 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:4 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 11:4 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 11:4 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 11:4 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 11:4 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 11:4 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 11:4 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 11:4 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 11:4 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 11:4 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 11:4 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 11:4 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:4 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 11:4 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 11:4 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 11:4 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary