1 Jesus hears of Lazarus's death
1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Luke 10:38,39Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (Mat. 26:7;Mark 14:3;ch. 12:3It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, ver. 40;ch. 9:3but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.'
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, ch. 10:40he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judea again.'
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, ch. 10:31the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? ch. 9:4If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.'
10 But ch. 12:35if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.'
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus Deut. 31:16;Dan. 12:2;Mat. 9:24;Acts 7:60;1 Cor. 15:18,51sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.'
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.'
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.'
16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow-disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 Jesus the resurrection and the life
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lien in the grave four days already.
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, ch. 9:31whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.'
24 Martha saith unto him, Luke 14:14;ch. 5:29I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am ch. 5:21;& 6:39,40,44the resurrection, and the life: ch. 3:36;1 John 5:10he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:'
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?'
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: Mat. 16:16;ch. 4:42;& 6:14,69I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 ver. 19The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, ver. 21Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
34 And said, Where have ye laid him?' They say unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Luke 19:41Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold, how he loved him.
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, ch. 9:6which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38 Jesus raises Lazarus
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.' Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest ver. 4,23see the glory of God?'
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lift up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.'
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but ch. 12:30because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.'
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.'
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and ch. 20:7his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.'
45 Pharisees plot to kill Jesus
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, ch. 2:23;& 10:42;& 12:11,18and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
47 Ps. 2:2;Mat. 26:3;Mark 14:1;Luke 22:2Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, ch. 12:19;Acts 4:16What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
49 And one of them, named Luke 3:2;ch. 18:14;Acts 4:6Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 ch. 18:14Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52 And Is. 49:6;1 John 2:2not for that nation only, ch. 10:16;Eph. 2:14-17but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
54 Jesus ch. 4:1,3;& 7:1therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called See 2 Chr. 13:19Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
55 ch. 2:13;& 5:1;& 6:4And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
56 ch. 7:11Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?
57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.
58 Jesus anointed at Bethany