JOHN 11:39

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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This verse is a bit humorous as Martha tells Jesus, “he stinketh” when referring to the smell of the dead Lazurus.

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“Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”

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John 11:39 Translation & Meaning

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Jesus Ἰησοῦς Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
said, λέγει Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean said
Take ye away Ἄρατε To lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e., weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare H5375) to expiate sin Take away
the τὸν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
stone. λίθον A stone (literally or figuratively) stone
Martha, Μάρθα Martha, a Christian woman Martha
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
sister ἀδελφὴ A sister (naturally or ecclesiastically) sister
of him that was dead, τεθνηκότος To die (literally or figuratively) dead
saith λέγει Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saith
unto him, αὐτῷ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons unto him
Lord, Κύριε Supreme in authority, i.e., (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title) Lord
by this time ἤδη Even now time
he stinketh: ὄζει To scent (usually an ill "odor") stinketh
for γάρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
he hath been ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are been
dead (No Greek definition. English implied.)
four days. τεταρταῖος Pertaining to the fourth day four days

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  • 37  And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

  • 38  Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

  • 39  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

  • 40  Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

  • 41  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.




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