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Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

11:39 Take ye away the stone. Jesus would perform no miracle on that which men could do for themselves. Hence His commands to remove the stone, and then later to “Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:44). He had earlier rebuked those who wanted to see miracles just for some kind of spiritual display (John 4:48; etc.).

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