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11 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany,s the village of Mary and her sister Martha.t 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)u 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you lovev is sick.”
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s gloryw so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”x
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.a 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.d
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.f 18 Now Bethanyg was less than two milesb from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.h 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.i
25 Jesus said to her, “I amn the resurrection and the life.o The one who believesp in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believingq in me will never die.r Do you believe this?”
28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacherv is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.w 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her,x noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”y
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.b
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”c
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”h
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked upk and said, “Father,l I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here,m that they may believe that you sent me.”n
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary,r and had seen what Jesus did,s believed in him.t 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Phariseesu called a meetingv of the Sanhedrin.w
“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs.x 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas,y who was high priest that year,z spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”a
51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.b 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.c
54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea.d Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
55 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,e many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansingf before the Passover. 56 They kept looking for Jesus,g and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” 57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.
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