John 11:40 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 11:40, NIV: "Then Jesus said, 'Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?'"

John 11:40, ESV: "Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”"

John 11:40, KJV: "Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?"

John 11:40, NASB: "Jesus *said to her, 'Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?'"

John 11:40, NLT: "Jesus responded, 'Didn't I tell you that you would see God's glory if you believe?'"

John 11:40, CSB: "Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?""

What does John 11:40 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus is reassuring Martha by reminding her of their prior conversation (John 11:17–27). Since Martha has spent some time learning from Him (Luke 10:38–42), this may also refer to other teachings she has absorbed. The reason for her doubt is that her brother has been in the grave for four days (John 11:17). For practical and emotional reasons, she's not eager to see the putrid corpse of her loved one (John 11:38–39).

From the start of this incident, Jesus arranged various details to set up this very moment. That includes waiting until well after Lazarus has died (John 11:6), arriving only when death was beyond doubt (John 11:17), and allowing a crowd to form (John 11:19; 11:31). The next few verses will show Jesus praying very publicly, specifically so that what happens won't be lost on those who witness it. That fits with the purpose of miracles recorded in the gospel of John: they are "signs" meant to prove Jesus is divine (John 20:30–31).