Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentJohn 11:3
- Sent saying (apesteilan legousai).
- First aorist active indicative of apostellw and present active participle. The message was delivered by the messenger.
- Thou lovest (pileiv).
- Pilew means to love as a friend (see pilov in verse 11) and so warmly, while agapaw (akin to agamai, to admire, and agatov, good) means high regard. Here both terms occur of the love of Jesus for Lazarus (hgapa in verse 5). Both occur of the Father's love for the Son (agapai in 3:35, pilei in 5:20). Hence the distinction is not always observed.