1There was a man named Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister, Martha, and he wasil . 2It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment andwiped his feet with her hair. 3The sisters sent this message to Jesus, 'Lord, the man you love is il .' 4On receiving the message, Jesus said, 'This sickness will not end in death, but it is for God's glory sothat through it the Son of God may be glorified.' 5Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6yet when he heard that he was il he stayed where he was for two more days 7before saying to the disciples, 'Let us go back to Judaea.' 8The disciples said, 'Rabbi, it is not long since the Jews were trying to stone you; are you going backthere again?' 9Jesus replied: Are there not twelve hours in the day? No one who walks in the daytime stumbles,having the light of this world to see by; 10anyone who walks around at night stumbles, having no light as a guide. 11He said that and then added, 'Our friend Lazarus is at rest; I am going to wake him.' 12The disciples said to him, 'Lord, if he is at rest he wil be saved.' 13Jesus was speaking of the death of Lazarus, but they thought that by 'rest' he meant 'sleep'; 14so Jesus put it plainly, 'Lazarus is dead; 15and for your sake I am glad I was not there because now you will believe. But let us go to him.' 16Then Thomas -- known as the Twin -- said to the other disciples, 'Let us also go to die with him.' 17On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. 18Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in thehouse. 21Martha said to Jesus, 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died, 22but even now I know that God will grant whatever you ask of him.' 23Jesus said to her, 'Your brother wil rise again.' 24Martha said, 'I know he wil rise again at the resurrection on the last day.' 25Jesus said: I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, wil live, 26and whoever lives and believes in me wil never die. Do you believe this? 27'Yes, Lord,' she said, 'I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come intothis world.' 28When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in a low voice, 'The Master ishere and wants to see you.' 29Hearing this, Mary got up quickly and went to him. 30Jesus had not yet come into the vil age; he was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who were in the house comforting Mary saw her get up so quickly and go out, theyfol owed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32Mary went to Jesus, and as soon as she saw him she threw herself at his feet, saying, 'Lord, if youhad been here, my brother would not have died.' 33At the sight of her tears, and those of the Jews who had come with her, Jesus was greatly distressed,and with a profound sigh he said, 34'Where have you put him?' They said, 'Lord, come and see.' 35Jesus wept; 36and the Jews said, 'See how much he loved him!' 37But there were some who remarked, 'He opened the eyes of the blind man. Could he not haveprevented this man's death?' 38Sighing again, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening. 39Jesus said, 'Take the stone away.' Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, 'Lord, by now he willsmel ; this is the fourth day since he died.' 40Jesus replied, 'Have I not told you that if you believe you wil see the glory of God?' 41So they took the stone away. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said: Father, I thank you for hearingmy prayer. 42I myself knew that you hear me always, but I speak for the sake of all these who are standing aroundme, so that they may believe it was you who sent me. 43When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' 44The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with strips of material, and a cloth over his face.Jesus said to them, 'Unbind him, let him go free.' 45Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46but some of them went to the Pharisees to tel them what Jesus had done. 47Then the chief priests and Pharisees cal ed a meeting. 'Here is this man working al these signs,' theysaid, 'and what action are we taking? 48If we let him go on in this way everybody wil believe in him, and the Romans wil come and suppressthe Holy Place and our nation.' 49One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said, 'You do not seem to have grasped thesituation at al ; 50you fail to see that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people, rather than that thewhole nation should perish.' 51He did not speak in his own person, but as high priest of that year he was prophesying that Jesuswas to die for the nation- 52and not for the nation only, but also to gather together into one the scattered children of God. 53From that day onwards they were determined to kill him. 54So Jesus no longer went about openly among the Jews, but left the district for a town cal ed Ephraim,in the country bordering on the desert, and stayed there with his disciples. 55The Jewish Passover was drawing near, and many of the country people who had gone up toJerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves 56were looking out for Jesus, saying to one another as they stood about in the Temple, 'What do youthink? Will he come to the festival or not?' 57The chief priests and Pharisees had by now given their orders: anyone who knew where he was mustinform them so that they could arrest him.
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