John 11:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 11:7, NIV: "and then he said to his disciples, 'Let us go back to Judea.'"

John 11:7, ESV: "Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”"

John 11:7, KJV: "Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again."

John 11:7, NASB: "Then after this He *said to the disciples, 'Let’s go to Judea again.'"

John 11:7, NLT: "Finally, he said to his disciples, 'Let's go back to Judea.'"

John 11:7, CSB: "Then after that, he said to the disciples, "Let's go to Judea again.""

What does John 11:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In prior verses, Jesus was given a rushed message stating that his beloved friend Lazarus was ill (John 11:1–3). That came from Mary and Martha in Bethany, about twenty miles or 32 kilometers from Jesus' current location in Bethabara. Rather than leave, Jesus sent the messenger back with words of comfort (John 11:4). The disciples probably assumed that Lazarus would recover, and that Jesus was not returning to Judea since local religious leaders were looking to have Him killed (John 5:18; 10:39; 11:8). What they don't know is that Lazarus was dead before the messenger even reached Jesus, and that God has a spectacular miracle in mind.

Jesus' unexpected order to return to Bethany in Judea a full two days later would have been shocking to His disciples. In their minds, the time to attempt a rescue mission for Lazarus is long over. Returning would only put Jesus at risk of arrest or stoning. His purpose, as seen later, is to ensure that Lazarus' miraculous resurrection is entirely credited to the glory of God (John 11:4, 41–44).