1 THERE was a certain man sick \'97 Lazarus of Bethany, of the village of Mary and Martha her sister.
2 It was that Mary who anointed the Master with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3 So the sisters sent to Jesus, saying, "Master, he whom you love is sick."
4 When Jesus heard it he said, "This sickness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it."
5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 So when he heard that he was sick, he stayed where he was two days.
7 Then, after that, he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judaea again."
8 The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, just now the Jews were trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"
9 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any one walks in the day, he does not stumble because he sees the light of this world.
10 But if any one walks in the night, he stumbles because the light is not in him."
11 He said this, and then he said to them, "Lazarus our friend has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him."
12 The disciples said to him, "Master, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
13 But Jesus had spoken of his death. They thought that he was speaking of the repose of sleep.
14 Then Jesus said to them frankly, "Lazarus has died,
15 and I am glad on your account that I was not there \'97 so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
16 Thomas, who is called Didymus the Twin , said to his fellow disciples, "Let us go too to die with him."
17 When Jesus came he found that Lazarus had been already four days in the tomb.
18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away,
19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them regarding their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. Mary was sitting in the house.
21 Martha said to Jesus, "Master, if you had been here my brother would not have died.
22 And now I know that whatever you ask God for, God will give you."
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise at the resurrection on the last day."
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me even though he dies will live,
26 and no one who lives and believes in me will ever die. Do you believe this?"
27 She said to him, "Yes, Master. I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
28 Having said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying to her privately, "The Teacher is here and is asking for you."
29 She, when she heard it, rose quickly and went to meet him.
30 Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.
31 The Jews who were with Mary in the house trying to comfort her, seeing her rise quickly and go out, followed thinking that she was going to the tomb to wail there.
32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying, "Master, if you had been here my brother would not have died."
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he was indignant in spirit and disturbed,
34 and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Master, come and see."
35 Jesus wept.
36 The Jews said, "See, how he loved him!"
37 Some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have prevented this man from dying?"
38 Jesus, again indignant, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying on the entrance.
39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Master, he is already offensive, for he has been dead four days."
40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?"
41 So they took away the stone. Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank thee for hearing me.
42 I know that thou always hearest me; but for the sake of the crowd that stand around I say it, that they may believe that thou didst send me."
43 After saying this he called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth."
44 Forth came the dead man, swathed feet and hands in grave-clothes and his face bound up in a handkerchief. Jesus said, "Loose him and let him go."
45 Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and had seen what Jesus did believed in him.
46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
47 So the high priests and the Pharisees assembled the Council and said, "What are we doing? for this man is doing many signs.
48 If we let him alone in this way, all will believe in him and the Romans will come and destroy our place and nation."
49 One of them, Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year, said to them, "You do not know anything
50 nor do you reason that it is better for you that one man should die for the people and so the whole nation escape destruction."
51 He did not say this of himself, but being High Priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation,
52 and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the children of God now scattered far and wide.
53 From that day they plotted to kill him.
54 So Jesus no more walked about openly among the Jews, but went away from there into the country near the wild lands, to a city called Ephraim, and there he stayed with his disciples.
55 The Passover of the Jews was near and many went up to Jerusalem from the country before the Passover to purify themselves.
56 They were looking for Jesus and were saying to one another, as they stood in the Temple courts, "What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?"
57 The high priests and the Pharisees had given orders that, if any one knew where he was, he should report it so that they might arrest him.