John 11:33

33 When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry[a] in His spirit and deeply moved.

John 11:33 Meaning and Commentary

John 11:33

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping
At his feet, who, for sorrow and grief of heart, could say no more to him; but having expressed these words, burst out into floods of tears:

and the Jews also weeping, which came with her;
either through sympathy with her, or hypocritically:

he groaned in the spirit;
in his human soul; and which shows, that he had a real human soul, subject to passions, though sinless ones. The word signifies an inward motion of the mind, through indignation and anger; and it may be partly at the weakness of Mary's faith, and at her immoderate sorrow; and partly at the hypocrisy of the Jews: or else this inward groaning was through grief, sympathizing with Mary, and her friends, his human soul being touched with a fellow feeling of their griefs and sorrows:

and was troubled;
or troubled himself; threw himself into some forms and gestures of sorrow, and mourning, as lifting up his eyes, wringing his hands, and changing the form of his countenance.

John 11:33 In-Context

31 The Jews who were with her in the house consoling her saw that Mary got up quickly and went out. So they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to cry there.
32 When 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!"
33 When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry in His spirit and deeply moved.
34 "Where have you put him?" He asked. "Lord," they told Him, "come and see."
35 Jesus wept.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Gk word is very strong and probably indicates Jesus' anger against sin's tyranny and death.
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