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John 11

The Death of Lazarus

1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of + Mary and her sister Martha. 2+ It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. 3So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, + he whom you love is ill.” 4But when Jesus heard it he said, + “This illness does not lead to death. It is for + the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

5Now + Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6So, when he heard that Lazarus+ was ill, + he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7Then after this he said to the disciples, + “Let us go to Judea again.” 8The disciples said to him, + “Rabbi, + the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9Jesus answered, + “Are 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. 10But + if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not + in him.” 11After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus + has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16+ So Thomas, called the Twin,+ said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, + that we may die with him.”

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

17Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb + four days. 18Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles+ off, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary + to console them concerning their brother. 20+ So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21Martha said to + Jesus, “Lord, + if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, + God will give you.” 23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24+ Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in + the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, + “I am the resurrection and + the life.+ Whoever believes in me, + though he die, + yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me + shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord; + I believe that + you are the Christ, the Son of God, + who is coming into the world.”

Jesus Weeps

28When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, + “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews + who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, + “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he + was deeply moved+ in his spirit and + greatly troubled. 34And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35+ Jesus wept. 36So the Jews said, “See + how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he + who opened the eyes of the blind man + also have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus

38Then Jesus, + deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was + a cave, and + a stone lay against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for + he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, + “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see + the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus + lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42+ I knew that you always hear me, but I said this + on account of the people standing around, + that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44+ The man who had died came out, + his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and + his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45+ Many of the Jews therefore, + who had come with Mary and + had seen what he did, believed in him, 46but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47So the chief priests and the Pharisees + gathered + the council and said, + “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and + the Romans will come and take away both our + place and our nation.” 49But one of them, + Caiaphas, + who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50Nor do you understand that + it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51He did not say this of his own accord, but + being high priest that year + he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52and + not for the nation only, but also + to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53So from that day on they + made plans to put him to death.

54Jesus therefore + no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

55Now + the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and + many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover + to purify themselves. 56+ They were looking for+ Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” 57Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

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