The Death and Resurrection of Lazarus
1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of aBethany, the village of Mary and her sister bMartha.
2 It was the Mary who aanointed bthe Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3 So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “aLord, behold, bhe whom You love is sick.”
4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for athe glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”
5 Now Jesus loved aMartha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.
7 Then after this He * said to the disciples, “aLet us go to Judea again.”
8 The disciples * said to Him, “aRabbi, the Jews were just now seeking bto stone You, and are You going there again?”
9 Jesus answered, “aAre there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10 “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
11 This He said, and after that He * said to them, “Our afriend Lazarus bhas fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.”
12 The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will 1recover.”
13 Now aJesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of 1literal sleep.
14 So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,
15 and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.”
16 aTherefore Thomas, who is called 1bDidymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”
17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb afour days.
18 Now aBethany was near Jerusalem, about 1two miles off;
19 and many of athe Jews had come to bMartha and Mary, cto console them concerning their brother.
20 aMartha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but aMary 1stayed at the house.
21 Martha then said to Jesus, “aLord, bif You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 “Even now I know that awhatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
23 Jesus * said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha * said to Him, “aI know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “aI am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,
26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me awill never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She * said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are 1athe Christ, the Son of God, even 2bHe who comes into the world.”
28 When she had said this, she awent away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, “bThe Teacher is here and is calling for you.”
29 And when she heard it, she * got up quickly and was coming to Him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but awas still in the place where Martha met Him.
31 aThen the Jews who were with her in the house, and bconsoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
32 Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “aLord, bif You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and athe Jews who came with her also weeping, He bwas deeply moved in spirit and 1cwas troubled,
34 and said, “Where have you laid him?” They * said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
35 Jesus awept.
36 So athe Jews were saying, “See how He bloved him!”
37 But some of them said, “Could not this man, who aopened the eyes of the blind man, 1have kept this man also from dying?”
38 So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, * came to the tomb. Now it was a acave, and a stone was lying against it.
39 Jesus * said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, * said to Him, “Lord, by this time 1there will be a stench, for he has been dead afour days.”
40 Jesus * said to her, “aDid I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they removed the astone. Then Jesus braised His eyes, and said, “cFather, I thank You that You have heard Me.
42 “I knew that You always hear Me; but abecause of the 1people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that bYou sent Me.”
43 When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”
44 The man who had died came forth, abound hand and foot with wrappings, and bhis face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus * said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
45 aTherefore many of the Jews bwho came to Mary, and csaw what He had done, believed in Him.
46 But some of them went to the aPharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done.
47 Therefore athe chief priests and the Pharisees bconvened a ccouncil, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many 1dsigns.
48 “If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our aplace and our nation.”
49 But one of them, aCaiaphas, bwho was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,
50 nor do you take into account that ait is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”
51 Now he did not say this 1on his own initiative, but abeing high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also agather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
53 So from that day on they aplanned together to kill Him.
54 Therefore Jesus ano longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called bEphraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.
55 Now athe Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover bto purify themselves.
56 So they awere seeking for Jesus, and were saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all?”
57 Now athe chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it, so that they might seize Him.
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