“These things said hee, and after that, hee saith vnto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth, but I goe, that I may awake him out of sleepe.”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
11:11 Our friend Lazarus sleepeth - This he spoke, just when he died. Sleepeth - Such is the death of good men in the language of heaven. But the disciples did not yet understand this language. And the slowness of our understanding makes the Scripture often descend to our barbarous manner of speaking.
Joh 11:11 Our friend Lazarus sleepeth. Jesus before called death a sleep (see Mt 9:24 Mr 5:39 Lu 8:52), because it was only a temporary slumber.