John 11:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 11:32, NIV: "When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.'"

John 11:32, ESV: "Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”"

John 11:32, KJV: "Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died."

John 11:32, NASB: "So when Mary came to the place where Jesus was, she saw Him and fell at His feet, saying to Him, 'Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.'"

John 11:32, NLT: "When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, 'Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.'"

John 11:32, CSB: "As soon as Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and told him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!""

What does John 11:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Lazarus fell ill, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus (John 11:1–3), who was not in the area (John 10:38–40). For reasons which will become clear later (John 11:15; 11:43–44), Jesus delayed His arrival until four days after Lazarus had died (John 11:17). The first to greet Him was Martha, who said the exact same thing to Jesus: expressing her belief that Jesus could have prevented this tragedy from happening.

In Martha's encounter, she also spoke of her faith that God would answer any request made by Jesus (John 11:21–22). That might have been a roundabout way of asking Christ to bring her brother back. The resulting conversation touched on her faith, and Jesus' divine nature (John 11:23–27). We're not sure if Mary had a similar conversation, here. Scripture does not promise to include every single detail (John 21:25).

One detail we can be sure of is that Mary has come with a crowd of witnesses. While Martha spoke with Jesus, Mary was back at home amongst many local mourners (John 11:18–19). Her sudden departure made them curious, so they followed her (John 11:31). Upcoming verses will include their reactions to the conversation between Mary, Martha, and Jesus.