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John 11:1-57

11  But there was a certain man who was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2  And it was the Mary that put perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet off with her hair whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3  So the sisters sent word to him “Sir, the man you are fond of is sick!” 4  And when Jesus heard it he said “This sickness is not for death, but for God’s glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5  And Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6  So when he heard that he was sick what he did then was to stay two days in the place where he was; 7  then after that he said to the disciples “Let us go to Judea again.” 8  The disciples said to him “Rabbi, just now the Jews were meaning to kill you, and are you going there again?” 9  Jesus answered “There are twelve hours to a day, are there not? If one walks in the day he does not stub his toe, because he sees this world’s light; 10  but if one walks in the night he does, because he does not have the light in him.” 11  This he said, and after that he said to them “Our friend Lazarus has gone to rest, but I am on my way to wake him up.” 12  So the disciples said to him “Sir, if he is getting rest he will recover.” 13  But Jesus had been speaking of his death; but they thought he was speaking of the rest of sleep. 14  So then Jesus said to them plainly “Lazarus is dead, 15  and I am glad on your account, so that you may believe, that I was not there; but let us go to him.” 16  So Thomas, known as the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples “Let us go too, to die with him.” 17  So Jesus came and found him in the tomb, where he had been four days already. 18  And Bethany was near Jerusalem, rather more than a mile and a half off. 19  And many of the Jews had come to Mary and Martha’s to condole with them about their brother. 20  So Martha, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him; but Mary was sitting in the house. 21  So Martha said to Jesus “Sir, if you had been here my brother would not have died; 22  and even now I know that whatever you ask God for, God will give to you.” 23  Jesus said to her “Your brother shall rise.” 24  Martha said to him “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” 25  Jesus said to her “I am Resurrection and Life; he who believes in me shall live even if he dies, 26  and anyone who lives and believes in me shall not die ever. Do you believe that?” 27  She said to him “Yes, sir: I am believing that you are the Messiah, the son of God, who was to come into the world.” 28  And, saying this, she went away and called her sister Mary privately, saying “The Teacher is here and is calling you.” 29  And she, when she heard, started up and came to him. 30  And Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still at the place where Martha met him. 31  So the Jews that were in the house with her and were comforting her, seeing that Mary started up and went out, followed her, thinking she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32  So when Mary came where Jesus was, at seeing him she threw herself down at his feet, saying to him “Sir, if you had been here my brother would not have died.” 33*  So Jesus, when he saw her weeping and saw the Jews that had come with her weeping, controlled himself with an effort and showed agitation, 34  and said “Where have you laid him?” They said to him “Sir, come and see.” 35  Jesus wept. 36  So the Jews said “See how he loved him.” 37  But some of them said “Could not this man who opened the blind man’s eyes cause this man not to die too?” 38*  So Jesus, again controlling himself, came to the tomb. And it was a cave, and there was a stone laid over it. 39  Jesus said ”Lift off the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to him “Sir, he is smelling by now, for it is four days.” 40  Jesus said to her “Did I not tell you that if you believed you should see God’s glory?” 41  So they lifted the stone off. And Jesus raised his eyes upward and said “Father, I thank you that you heard me. 42  And I knew you always do hear me; but I said it because of the crowd standing around me, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43  And, having said this, he shouted in a loud voice “Lazarus, come out here!” 44  Out came the man that had died, with his feet and hands tied with strips of cloth and his face tied up in a handkerchief. Jesus said to them “Untie him and let him go.” 45  So a great many of the Jews, such as had come to Mary’s and witnessed what he did, believed in him; 46  but some of them went off to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus had done. 47**  So the chief priests and the Pharisees got together a Sanhedrin and said “What are we doing that this man is doing so many tokens? 48  if we let him go on like this everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49  But one of them, a certain Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them “You folks do not know anything, 50  and you do not reflect that it is best for you to have one man die for the people and not the whole nation perish.” 51  And this he did not say of his own accord, but, being high priest that year, prophetically, that Jesus was to die for the nation, 52  and not only for the nation but to bring together God’s scattered children too into one.— 53  So from that day on they planned to kill him. 54  So Jesus no longer went about publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the desert, to a city called Ephraim, and stayed there with the disciples. 55  But it was near the Jews’ passover, and many from the country went up to Jerusalem before the passover to purify themselves. 56  So they looked for Jesus, and said as they stood together in the temple-precinct “What do you think? that he will not come to the feast?” 57  And the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anybody found out where he was he should give information, so that they might arrest him.

Footnotes

11:33 Lit. spoke sternly in (or to) the (or his) spirit and agitated himself
11:38 Lit. speaking sternly in (or to) himself
11:47 Or What do we do because
11:47 Lit. doing many