Joh 11:1
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.

Joh 11:6
11:6 {2} 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.

Joh 11:8
11:8 {3} [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.

Joh 11:9
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.

Joh 11:11
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
          "sleeping place".

Joh 11:19
11:19 {4} 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.

Joh 11:23
11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall {e} rise again.

      (e) That is, will recover life again.

Joh 11:33
11:33 {5} 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.

Joh 11:46
11:46 {6} 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

Joh 11:47
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.

Joh 11:48
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
      and nation.

      (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.

Joh 11:49
11:49 {7} 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.

Joh 11:51
11:51 {8} And this spake he not of himself: but being high
      priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for
      that nation;

 (8) Christ sometimes turns the tongues, even of the wicked, so
     that even in cursing they bless.

Joh 11:52
11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should
      gather together in one the children of God that {i} were
      scattered abroad.

      (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.

Joh 11:54
11:54 {9} 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.