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blind, have caused that even this man always: but because of the people which should not have died ?
stand by I said it, that they may believe 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in him- that thou hast sent me. self cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and 43 And when he thus had spoken, he a stone lay upon it.
cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.
44 And he that was dead came forth, Martha, the sister of him that was dead, bound hand and foot with graveclothes : and saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stink- his face was bound about with a napkin
. eth: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou 45 Then many of the Jews which came shouldest see the glory of God?
to Mary, and had seen the things which Je41 Then they took away the stone from sus did, believed on him. the place where the dead was laid. And Je- 46 But some of them went their ways to sus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I the Pharisees, and told them what things thank thee that thou hast heard me.
Jesus had done. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me 47 | Then gathered the Chief Priests
and the Pharisees a council, and said, What 53 Then from that day forth they took do we? for this man doeth
miracles. counsel together for to put him to death. 48 If we let him thus alone, all men 54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly will believe on him: and the Romans shall among the Jews; but went thence unto a come and take away both our place and country near to the wilderness, into a city nation.
called Ephraim, and there continued with 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, his disciples. being the High Priest that same year, said 55 | And the Jews' Passover was nigh at unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
hand: and many went out of the country up 50 'Nor consider that it is expedient for to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify us, that one man should die for the people, themselves. and that the whole nation perish not.
56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake 51 And this spake he not of himself: but among themselves, as they stood in the being High Priest that year, he prophesied temple, What think ye, that he will not that Jesus should die for that nation; come to the feast ?
52 And not for that nation only, but 57 Now both the Chief Priests and the that a so he should gather together in one Pharisees had given a commandment, that, the children of God that were scattered if any man knew where he were, he should abroad.
shew it, that they might take him. 7 Chap 18. 14
Verse 1.“ Bethany."— Bethany, as we are informed at verse 18, was “nigh unto Jerusalem, ahout fifteen furlongs off." The place is not mentioned, at least under this name, in the Old Testament; but it occurs several times in the Talmudical writings. It is situated to the east of the Mount of Olives, on the road to Jericho. Its situation is pleasant and suinewhat romantic, being sheltered by the Mount of Olives on the north, and abounding with trees and long grass. It is
now a very poor village, inhabited by Arabs; and the cultivation of the adjacent soil is much neglected. It seems, * however, about our Saviour's time, to have enjoyed some kind of trade (perhaps in olives, figs, and dates, which
abounded in this neighbourhood), as the Jewish writers mention “the shops of Bethany,” which were, as they inform us, destroyed three years before Jerusalem Bethany is at present chiefly noticed on account of its mention in the Gospels; and in consequence of which, it contains a full proportion of the sort of objects to which the attention of pilgrims is usually directed: these are the tomb of Lazarus, with the ruins of the house he is supposed to have occupied, and also the houses of his sisters, and of Simon the leper. That which is shown as the house of Lazarus is a ruin, the stones of which are very large, and of a solid and sombre cast of architecture; and which the Rev. V. Monro ( Summer's Ramble in Syria, vol. i. p. 189) conjectures to have formed part of the convent built by Fulco, king of Jerusalea. Near these ruins is the alleged tomb of Lazarus, thus noticed by the same writer:~"The exterior doorway of the tomb of Lazarus is formed artificially of stone-work; but the steep, narrow, and winding staircase which leads belos, is cut in the living rock, as well as the grave itself.”
19. “ To comfort them.”—The customs of mourning and burial which are alluded to in this chapter, have already been somewhat largely explained on former occasions ; and may therefore be supposed so present to the reader's miji, as to render more than very slight references unnecessary. The present text is explained by the custom among the Jews for the friends and acquaintance of the deceased to visit his mourning relatives during the seven days of mourni:g. As such visits were reckoned by the Jews among “ acts of mercy," and were deemed very meritorious, the visiters were usually numerous—few omitting this mark of attention who had the slightest acquaintance with the deceased or the family to which he belonged.
31. “ She goeth unto the grave to weep there.”—This alludes to the custom, more largely explained elsewhere, for the female mourners to resort daily to the grave of the departed during the days of mourning, there to weep and lament. After those days, such lamenting visits continue to be paid, at more distant intervals.
39. “ He hath been dead four days.”—As the type indicates, the word “ dead” is not in the original. Omitting it, the force of the original will imply that Lazarus had already been four days in the state in which he then lay, that is, in the grave. He had therefore been dead even longer, but not much longer, as the Orientals are, and always have been, in the habit of giving the deceased very speedy interment. If the person dies in the morning, he is commonly buried the same day; or, if the death takes place late the day, the body is kept till the next day ; but seldom or nerer later than this, unless some extraordinary circumstances of prevention intervene. The reason for this haste is afforded by the fact to which Martha refers, that decomposition takes place very rapidly after death in warm climates: and the practice of speedy interment being established by the exigencies of the climate, in the time of summer, it continues to operate even in the winter
, when, from habit, the dead are conveyed to their last earthly home as soon as in summer, although they might, of course, be then kept longer with perfect safety.
44. “ He that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes.”—From this and other passages, it would appear that the mode of preparing the bodies of the dead for the sepulchre was nearly the same as still exists in Western Asia. No coffins being used, the body itself is more carefully and elaborately wrapped and swathed, than is common or desirable where coffins are used. In this method the body is stretched out, and the arms laid straight by the sides, after which the whole body, from head to foot, is wrapped round tightly, in many folds of linen or cotton cloth. Or, to be more precise, a great length of cloth is taken, and rolled around the body till the whole is enveloped and every part is covered with several folds of the cloth. The ends are then sewed, to keep the whole firm and compact ; or else a narıow bandage is wound over the whole, forming, ultimately, the exterior surface. The body, when thus enfolded and swathed, retains the profile of the human form; but, as in the Egyptian mummies, the legs are not folded separately, but together : and the arms also are not distinguished, but confined to the sides in the general envelope. Hence it is clearly impossible for a person thus treated, to move his arms or legs, if restored to existence.
THE MODE OP ENFOLDING THE DEAD IN GRAVE-CLOTHES.
But then it may be, and has been, objected, how could Lazarus, if thus “bound hand and foot with grave-clothes." come forth at the command of the Saviour ? While some commentators reverently claim this as a second miracle, alleging that Lazarus was, at Christ's command, to which even the waves were obedient, supernaturally enabled, or indeed compelled, to come forth-however impracticable this may have been in ordinary circumstances : others, of less reverent spirit, have availed themselves of the apparent anomaly, to call in question the truth of the whole narrative. Yet it is not by any means difficult to understand and explain this circumstance, by a reference to the interior construction of the ancient sepulchres, as explained by us in the note to Gen. xxii. 19. It is there seen that the bo-lies of the dead were very commonly deposited-in recesses excavated in the sides of the cavern. These recesses, either expuse their length or their breadth to the cavern-that is, there is either a lateral excavation, the whole extent of which appears, or it is deepened inwards, so that only its narrow end is visible. It appears evident to us, that the body of Lazurus lay in a recess of the latter description. Now, in such cases, the body is introduced with the head foremust, so that the feet are towards the cavern: and we may readily understand that when that loud voice, which even death heard, cried, “ Lazarus, come forth!” the dead man worked himself out of the recess, and sliding down, stood on his feet on the floor of the cavern. That this was the “coming forth” will further appear by considering that this, er something like this, and not the coming forth from the cavern, must, under any circumstances, have been the primary act; while the further act. of walking forth from the sepulchre, the supposing of which has given occasion to so much misconception and cavil, would have been impracticable without a further miracle which the text does not require a warrant. Indeed the context seems expressly to state that Lazarus did not and could not walk while bound hand and foot with the grave clothes; and that before he could do so, it was necessary that he should be delivered from them. For afier he had come forth,” our Saviour, referring to the grave clothes with which he was bound, said, “ Loose h un, and let him go," clearly intimating that before he could “go" it was necessary that he should be “loosed.” The sun of the whole, then, is this:- that at the command of Jesus, Lazarus came forth from the recess in which he had beea
laid ; and then, when he appeared in the sight of those who stood in the cavern and at its entrance, our Lord directed that the bandages in which he was tightly swathed, should be loosed, to enable him to walk and leave the sepulchre.
“ His face was bound about with a napkin." — The faces of the dead are always covered in this manner in the East. It appears that at first the faces of the wealthy only were thus covered ; but it being found that an invidious distinction was thus created, it was determined that the faces of the poor should also be covered ; and that the covering napkin should, in all cases, whether for rich or poor, be of the same kind and value.
48. “The Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation." - They feared that the people would generally acknowledge Christ as the Messiah, and make him king; in which case they expected that the Romans would move to their destruction. It is observable that the things which they dreaded as the consequences of the people's acceptance of Christ, did actually result froin his rejection by themselves.
54. “ Ephraim.”—The situation of this city has been considerably disputed. It is, however, probably the same which the Jewish writers call “ Ephraim in the valley," to distinguish it from another place of the same name, called “ Ephraim in the mount.” This Ephraim was famous for the productiveness of its vicinity in corn ; whence, “ Will you bring straw to Ephraim ?" appears to have been, among the Jews, a proverb of equivalent meaning to our own of carrying coals to Newcastle. It is, by the Jews, indicated as the same Ephraim which is mentioned in 2 Chron. xiii. 19; and as its name there occurs in connection with that of Bethel, with which also the Jewish writers connect their " Ephraim in the valley," it would seem more than probable that it was in the tribe of Benjamin, and not very remote from Bethel. All the intimations which refer to it appear to describe it as a small and rather obscure town, and therefore the more favourable to that retirement which Jesus now sought. Josephus sometimes mentions it as a large village, and at other times as a small town. Eusebius places it eight miles from Jerusalem, Jerome twenty: they had probably different places in view, and the former seems to the more correct, with reference to the place which the present text mentions.
Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the
dead. I Jesus ercuseth Mary anointing his feet. 9 The 10 | But the Chief Priests consulted people flock to see Lazarus. 10 The High Priests
that they might put Lazarus also to death ; consult to kill him. 12 Christ rideth into Jerusalem. 20 Greeks desire to see Jesus. 23 He
11 Because that by reason of him many foretelleth his death. 37 The Jews are generally of the Jews went away, and believed on blinded: 42 yet many chief rulers believe, but do Jesus. not confess him : 44 therefore Jesus calleth earn- 12 'On the next day much people that estly for confession of faith.
were come to the feast, when they heard that Then Jesus six days before the Passover Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which 13 Took branches of palm trees, and went had been dead, whom he raised from the forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna : dead.
Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh 2 There they made him a supper; and in the name of the Lord. Martha served: but Lazarus was one of 14 And Jesus, when he had found a them that sat at the table with him.
young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment 15 'Fear not, daughter of Sion : behold, of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her '16 These things understood not his dishair: and the house was filled with the odour ciples at the first: but when Jesus was gloof the ointment.
rified, then remembered they that these 4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas things were written of him, and that they Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray had done these things unto him. him,
17 The people therefore that was with 5 Why was not this ointment sold for him when he called Lazarus out of his three hundred pence, and given to the grave, and raised him from the dead, bare poor?
record. 6 This he said, not that he cared for the 18 For this cause the people also met poor ; but because he was a thief, and 'had him, for that they heard that he had done the bag, and bare what was put therein. this miracle. 7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against
19 The Pharisees therefore said among the day of my burying hath she kept this. themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail no
8 For the poor always ye have with you; thing? behold, the world is gone after him. but me ye have not always.
20 | And there were certain Greeks 9 Much people of the Jews therefore among them that came up to worship at the knew that he was there: and they came not feast: for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see 21 The same came therefore to Philip, 1 Chap 18 99
> Matt. 21. 8.
8 Zech. 9. 9.
which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and de- | These things spake Jesus, and departed, sired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. and did hide himself from them.
22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew : 37 1 But though he had done so many and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. miracles before them, yet they believed not 23 | And Jesus answered them, saying,
on him: The hour is come, that the Son of man should 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet be glorified.
might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except who hath believed our report? and to whom a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth 39 Therefore they could not believe, beforth much fruit.
cause that Esaias said again, 25 'He that loveth his life shall lose it; 40 'He hath blinded their eyes, and harand he that hateth his life in this world shall dened their heart; that they should not see keep it unto life eternal.
with their eyes, nor understand with their 26 If any man serve me, let him follow heart, and be converted, and I should heal me; and where I am, there shall also my them. servant be: if any man serve me, him will 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw my Father honour.
his glory, and spake of him. 27 Now is my soul troubled ; and what 42 9 Nevertheless among the chief rulers shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: also many believed on him; but because of but for this cause came I unto this hour. the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest
28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came they should be put out of the synagogue: there a voice from heaven, saying, I have 43 *For they loved the praise of men more both glorified it, and will glorify it again. than the praise of God.
29 The people therefore, that stood by, 44 | Jesus cried and said, He that beand heard it, said that it thundered: others lieveth on me, believeth not on me, but on said, An angel spake to him
him that sent me. 30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for
sent me. 31 Now is the judgment of this world : 46 'I am come a light into the world, that now shall the prince of this world be cast whosoever believeth on me should not abide out.
in darkness. 32 And I, if I be lifted up froin the earth, 47 "And if any man hear my words, and will draw all men unto me.
believe not, I judge him not: for I came not 33 This he said, signifying what death he to judge the world, but to save the world. should die.
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth 34 The people answered him, 'We have not my words, hath one that judgeth him : heard out of the law that Christ abideth for the word that I have spoken, the same shall ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man judge him in the last day. must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but
35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a the Father which sent me, he gave me a little while is the light with you. Walk while commandment, what I should say, and what ye have the light, lest darkness come upon I should speak. you: for he that walketh in darkness 50 And I know that his commandment knoweth not whither he goeth.
is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak there. 36 While
ye have light, believe in the fore, even as the Father said unto me, so I light, that ye may be the children of light. speak.
“Chap. 5. 4. * Chap 3 19. 19 Chap 3 1.
ice 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that
• Matt. 10, 39.
Psal. 110. 4.
Isa. 53. 1. Rom. 10. 16. 7 Matt. 13. 14.
11 Mark 16. 16.
Verse 2. “ There they made him a supper."— Although this was doubtless partly intended as a mark of respect, to one to whom Lazarus and his family were so largely indebted, it is proper to observe that, about six or seven days lefore the Passover, it was customary for the Jews to entertain their friends in a more costly manner than usual. This therefore supplied the occasion, while the benefit received from Jesus afforded the motive, for this entertainment.
3. “ Then took Mary a pound of ointment.”—The reader who carefully compares the accounts given by the Evangelists of the anointings of Jesus by women, will probably see reason to conclude that they do not all relate to the same transaction, but that at least two, and probably three, different unctions are recorded ; and that the present anointing of the Lord's feet by Mary, is not mentioned elsewhere. It is evident that the accounts in Matt. Xavi., and Mark xiv., relate to the same event. This occurred also at Bethany; but it was four days later than the present anointing, and was in the house of Simon the leper, not in that of Lazarus ; and it was his head which was there anointed, not his feet, as in