John 11:13

13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

Read John 11:13 Using Other Translations

Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died.

What does John 11:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 11:13

Howbeit Jesus spake of his death
Under the figurative phrase of sleeping:

but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep;
in a literal and natural sense.

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