John 11:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 11:30, NIV: "Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him."

John 11:30, ESV: "Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him."

John 11:30, KJV: "Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him."

John 11:30, NASB: "Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still at the place where Martha met Him."

John 11:30, NLT: "Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him."

John 11:30, CSB: "Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still in the place where Martha had met him."

What does John 11:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Jesus left this region, it was to avoid local religious leaders who sought to kill Him (John 10:38–40). That threat was dire enough that His disciples were surprised at His decision to return (John 11:8). Since Lazarus has died, there are numerous local people meeting their neighborly obligations to mourn with his surviving sisters, Martha and Mary (John 11:17–19). Martha somehow learned that Jesus was in the area, apparently without anyone else knowing. That might even have included her sister (John 11:20). Their meeting included an expression of Martha's faith and Jesus' divinity (John 11:21–27).

After meeting with Jesus, Martha made a "private" comment to Mary that Jesus wanted to see her (John 11:28). In response, Mary is said to have made a sudden exit. This probably contrasted with whatever quiet escape Martha had made—the following verses show that many of those in the house reacted to Mary's departure by following her.