John 11:42

42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

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John 11:42 in Other Translations

KJV
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
ESV
42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me."
NLT
42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”
MSG
42 I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I've spoken so that they might believe that you sent me."
CSB
42 I know that You always hear Me, but because of the crowd standing here I said this, so they may believe You sent Me."

John 11:42 Meaning and Commentary

John 11:42

And I knew that thou hearest me always
Which was not only a support to the faith of Christ, as man, but is also to his people, whose advocate, intercessor, and mediator he is.

But because of the people which stand by, I said [it];
that he was heard, and always heard by God; and, therefore must have great interest in his affection, and knowledge of his will; yea, their wills must be the same:

that they may believe that thou hast sent me:
for if he had not sent him, he would never have heard him in anything, and much less in everything; wherefore this was a full proof, and clear evidence of his divine mission.

John 11:42 In-Context

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

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