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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

11:35 wept. This verse is widely recognized as the shortest verse in the English Bible, but it is also one of the most poignant. There is no mention in the Bible of Jesus ever laughing, but He was often observed weeping (e.g., Luke 19:41). In this case, He was sharing the grief of Mary and Martha, for He too loved Lazarus (John 11:5), but He also “groaned in the spirit, and was troubled” (John 11:33) at the very existence of death and the universal phenomenon of sin by which death reigned. His raising of Lazarus, however, would at least testify that He was able to give life and would one day put away sin and death forever.

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