New Heart English Bible
1Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha. 2It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother, Lazarus, was sick. 3The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, "Lord, look, the one you love is sick." 4But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God's Son may be glorified by it." 5Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6When therefore he heard that he was sick, he stayed two days in the place where he was. 7Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go into Judea again." 8The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jewish leaders were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" 9Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." 11He said these things, and after that, he said to them, "Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep." 12Then the disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover." 13Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he spoke of taking rest in sleep. 14So Jesus said to them plainly then, "Lazarus is dead. 15I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to him." 16Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us go also, that we may die with him."
17So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. 19Many of the Jewish people had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother. 20Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house. 21Therefore Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother would not have died. 22Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you." 23Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. 26And whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" 27She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, he who comes into the world."
30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met him. 31Then the Judeans who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32Therefore when Mary came to where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother would not have died." 33When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Judeans weeping who came with her, he was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, 34and said, "Where have you put him?" They told him, "Lord, come and see." 35Jesus wept. 36The Judeans therefore said, "See how he loved him." 37But some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?"
38So Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days." 40Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see God's glory?" 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, "Father, I thank you that you listened to me. 42I know that you always listen to me, but because of the crowd that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me." 43When he had said this, he shouted with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out." 44The man who had died came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Free him, and let him go."
47The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many signs. 48If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation." 49But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all, 50nor do you consider that it is advantageous for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish." 51Now he did not say this of himself, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53So from that day on they plotted to kill him.
54Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Judeans, but departed from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim; and stayed there with his disciples.
55Now the Jewish Passover was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56Then they sought for Jesus and spoke one with another, as they stood in the temple, "What do you think--that he is not coming to the feast at all?" 57Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might arrest him.