“¶ And the Iewes Passeouer was nigh at hand, and many went out of the countrey vp to Hierusalem before the Passeouer to purifie themselues.”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
11:55 Many went up to purify themselves - That they might remove all hinderances to their eating the passover.
Joh 11:55 The Jews' passover was near. It was only a few weeks before the passover that he went to Ephraim. To purify themselves. From ceremonial uncleanness. See Ex 19:10,11.