The Gospel According to John

Chapter 11


The Illness of Lazarus
1 A certain man, Lazarus, lay ill at Bethany. the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 This was the Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. 3 Accordingly, the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Alas, Lord, he whom You love is ill!" 4 But Jesus, on hearing it, said, "This illness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, so that through it the Son of God may be glorified."

Jesus Announces Lazarus' Death
5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 Yet, though He had heard that Lazarus was ill, He nevertheless stayed on at the same place two days longer. 7 Then, afterward, He said to His disciples, "Let us go up to Judea again." 8 "But, Teacher," the disciples said to Him, "the Jews were just now seeking to kill You, and are You going up there again?" 9 "Yes," said Jesus, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? Then, if one walks during the day he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks about in the night he will stumble because the light is not with him."

11 When He had said this, He added, "Lazarus, our dear friend, has fallen asleep, but I will go and awaken him." 12 "If he has fallen asleep," said the disciples to Him, "he will get well!" 13 But Jesus had spoken of his death, although they thought He spoke of resting in sleep. 14 So Jesus told them outright, "Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sakes, I am glad that I was not there so that you may believe. Come, let us go to him."

16 Whereupon Thomas, named Didymus, the twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us go, too, so that we may die with Him."

The Promise of the Resurrection
17 On His arrival Jesus found that Lazarus had already been four days in the tomb. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, not quite two miles distant. 19 And a considerable number of Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, but Mary sat at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But still I know that whatever You may ask of God, He will give You." 23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 "I know," said Martha to Him, "that he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day."

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes on Me shall live, even if he dies. 26 And everyone who lives and believes on Me shall never die in eternity. Do you believe this?" 27 "Yes, Lord," she said to Him, "I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who has come into the world."

The Raising of Lazarus
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary aside, saying, "The Teacher is here, and has sent for you." 29 On hearing this, she got up quickly and went to Him. 30 However, Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the spot where Martha had met Him.

31 When the Jews who had been in the house with her to console her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there." 32 But Mary went to the place where Jesus was and, when she saw Him, she fell at His feet and said to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

33 When Jesus saw her in tears, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was sad at heart and disturbed. 34 He asked, "Where have you laid him?" They answered, "Lord, come and see." 35 Jesus wept. 36 "See," cried the Jews, "how much He loved him!" 37 But some remarked, "Could not He who opened the blind man's eyes have kept this man from dying?"

38 Then Jesus, again showing great distress, came to the tomb. 39 "Take away the stone," said Jesus, Martha, the dead man's sister, said to Him, "Lord, there is already an odor, for it is four days ..." 40 Jesus said to her, "Have I not said to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" 41 They then removed the stone. And Jesus, lifting His eyes heavenward, prayed, "Father, I thank You for hearing Me. 42 I know that You always hear Me. But I have spoken for the sake of the crowd that is standing around, so that they may believe that You have sent Me."

43 And when He had said this, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" 44 And the man who had been dead came out, bound hand and foot in grave clothes, and his face was covered with a handkerchief. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him and let him go!"

The Pharisees Plot to Kill Jesus
45 Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what He had done, then believed on Him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told about Jesus' actions. 47 Therefore, the Sanhedrin, or Great Council, was called together by the chief priests and the Pharisees, who said, "What shall we do? For this fellow is doing many miracles. 48 If we let Him keep on in this way everyone will believe on Him, and the Romans will come and take away from us both land and people." 49 But Caiaphas, high priest that year, said to them, "You don't know anything about it. 50 Can't you see that it is better that one man should die for the people than that the whole nation should perish?" 51 He did not say this of himself but, being high priest that year, he spoke as a prophet, that Jesus must die for the nation. 52 And not only for the nation, but for the gathering together into one body all the far-scattered children of God. 53 So from that day they plotted in what way they might kill Him. 54 For this reason Jesus did not move about openly among the Jews, but went away into the country bordering on the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there He stayed with His disciples.

55 The Jewish Passover was again at hand and many people from the countryside came up to Jerusalem to purify themselves before the Passover. 56 Naturally, they looked around for Jesus and, as they were standing together in the temple, they asked one another, "What do you think? Will he come to the festival?" 57 Now, both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that, if anyone should know of His whereabouts, he should make it known, so that they might arrest Him.


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The Gospel According to John: Chapter 11 The Gospel According to John

Chapter 11


The Illness of Lazarus
1 A certain man, Lazarus, lay ill at Bethany. the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 This was the Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. 3 Accordingly, the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Alas, Lord, he whom You love is ill!" 4 But Jesus, on hearing it, said, "This illness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, so that through it the Son of God may be glorified."

Jesus Announces Lazarus' Death
5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 Yet, though He had heard that Lazarus was ill, He nevertheless stayed on at the same place two days longer. 7 Then, afterward, He said to His disciples, "Let us go up to Judea again." 8 "But, Teacher," the disciples said to Him, "the Jews were just now seeking to kill You, and are You going up there again?" 9 "Yes," said Jesus, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? Then, if one walks during the day he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks about in the night he will stumble because the light is not with him."

11 When He had said this, He added, "Lazarus, our dear friend, has fallen asleep, but I will go and awaken him." 12 "If he has fallen asleep," said the disciples to Him, "he will get well!" 13 But Jesus had spoken of his death, although they thought He spoke of resting in sleep. 14 So Jesus told them outright, "Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sakes, I am glad that I was not there so that you may believe. Come, let us go to him."

16 Whereupon Thomas, named Didymus, the twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us go, too, so that we may die with Him."

The Promise of the Resurrection
17 On His arrival Jesus found that Lazarus had already been four days in the tomb. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, not quite two miles distant. 19 And a considerable number of Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, but Mary sat at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But still I know that whatever You may ask of God, He will give You." 23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 "I know," said Martha to Him, "that he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day."

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes on Me shall live, even if he dies. 26 And everyone who lives and believes on Me shall never die in eternity. Do you believe this?" 27 "Yes, Lord," she said to Him, "I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who has come into the world."

The Raising of Lazarus
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary aside, saying, "The Teacher is here, and has sent for you." 29 On hearing this, she got up quickly and went to Him. 30 However, Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the spot where Martha had met Him.

31 When the Jews who had been in the house with her to console her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there." 32 But Mary went to the place where Jesus was and, when she saw Him, she fell at His feet and said to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

33 When Jesus saw her in tears, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was sad at heart and disturbed. 34 He asked, "Where have you laid him?" They answered, "Lord, come and see." 35 Jesus wept. 36 "See," cried the Jews, "how much He loved him!" 37 But some remarked, "Could not He who opened the blind man's eyes have kept this man from dying?"

38 Then Jesus, again showing great distress, came to the tomb. 39 "Take away the stone," said Jesus, Martha, the dead man's sister, said to Him, "Lord, there is already an odor, for it is four days ..." 40 Jesus said to her, "Have I not said to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" 41 They then removed the stone. And Jesus, lifting His eyes heavenward, prayed, "Father, I thank You for hearing Me. 42 I know that You always hear Me. But I have spoken for the sake of the crowd that is standing around, so that they may believe that You have sent Me."

43 And when He had said this, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" 44 And the man who had been dead came out, bound hand and foot in grave clothes, and his face was covered with a handkerchief. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him and let him go!"

The Pharisees Plot to Kill Jesus
45 Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what He had done, then believed on Him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told about Jesus' actions. 47 Therefore, the Sanhedrin, or Great Council, was called together by the chief priests and the Pharisees, who said, "What shall we do? For this fellow is doing many miracles. 48 If we let Him keep on in this way everyone will believe on Him, and the Romans will come and take away from us both land and people." 49 But Caiaphas, high priest that year, said to them, "You don't know anything about it. 50 Can't you see that it is better that one man should die for the people than that the whole nation should perish?" 51 He did not say this of himself but, being high priest that year, he spoke as a prophet, that Jesus must die for the nation. 52 And not only for the nation, but for the gathering together into one body all the far-scattered children of God. 53 So from that day they plotted in what way they might kill Him. 54 For this reason Jesus did not move about openly among the Jews, but went away into the country bordering on the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there He stayed with His disciples.

55 The Jewish Passover was again at hand and many people from the countryside came up to Jerusalem to purify themselves before the Passover. 56 Naturally, they looked around for Jesus and, as they were standing together in the temple, they asked one another, "What do you think? Will he come to the festival?" 57 Now, both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that, if anyone should know of His whereabouts, he should make it known, so that they might arrest Him.


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