The Death and Resurrection of Lazarus

11 Now a certain man was sick: Lazarus of (A)Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister (B)Martha. And it was the Mary who (C)anointed (D)the Lord with [a]ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “(E)Lord, behold, (F)he whom You love is sick.” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not [b]meant for death, but is for (G)the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” (Now Jesus loved (H)Martha and her sister, and Lazarus.) So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. Then after this He *said to the disciples, (I)Let’s go to Judea again.” The disciples *said to Him, “(J)Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking (K)to stone You, and yet You are going there again?” Jesus replied, (L)Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks during the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in [c]him.” 11 This He said, and after this He *said to them, “Our (M)friend Lazarus (N)has fallen asleep; but I am going so that I may awaken him from sleep.” 12 The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will [d]come out of it.” 13 Now (O)Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about [e]actual sleep. 14 So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus died, 15 and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let’s go to him.” 16 (P)Therefore Thomas, who was called [f](Q)Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s also go, so that we may die with Him!”

17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb (R)four days. 18 Now (S)Bethany was near Jerusalem, about [g]fifteen stadia away; 19 and many of (T)the Jews had come to (U)Martha and Mary, (V)to console them about their brother. 20 So then (W)Martha, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but (X)Mary [h]stayed in the house. 21 Martha then said to Jesus, “(Y)Lord, (Z)if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 Even now I know that (AA)whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus *said to her, “Your brother will rise from the dead.” 24 Martha *said to Him, “(AB)I know that he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, (AC)I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me (AD)will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have come to believe that You are (AE)the [i]Christ, the Son of God, and [j](AF)He who comes into the world.”

28 When she had said this, she (AG)left and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, “(AH)The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard this, she *got up quickly and came to Him.

30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but (AI)was still at the place where Martha met Him. 31 (AJ)Then the Jews who were with her in the house and were (AK)consoling her, when they saw that Mary had gotten up quickly and left, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 So when Mary came to the place where Jesus was, she saw Him and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “(AL)Lord, (AM)if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Therefore when Jesus saw her weeping, and (AN)the Jews who came with her also weeping, He (AO)was deeply moved in spirit and [k](AP)was troubled, 34 and He said, “Where have you laid him?” They *said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus (AQ)wept. 36 So (AR)the Jews were saying, “See how He (AS)loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could this man, who (AT)opened the eyes of the man who was blind, not have also [l]kept this man from dying?”

38 So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, *came to the tomb. Now it was a (AU)cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus *said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, *said to Him, “Lord, by this time [m]there will be a stench, for he has been dead (AV)four days.” 40 Jesus *said to her, (AW)Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they removed the (AX)stone. And Jesus (AY)raised His eyes, and said, (AZ)Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 But I knew that You always hear Me; nevertheless, (BA)because of the [n]people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that (BB)You sent Me.” 43 And when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 Out came the man who had died, (BC)bound hand and foot with wrappings, and (BD)his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus *said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

45 (BE)Therefore many of the Jews (BF)who came to Mary, and (BG)saw what He had done, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went to the (BH)Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done.

Conspiracy to Kill Jesus

47 Therefore (BI)the chief priests and the Pharisees (BJ)convened a (BK)council meeting, and they were saying, “What are we [o]doing in regard to the fact that this man is performing many [p](BL)signs? 48 If we let Him go on like this, all the people will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take over both our [q](BM)place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, (BN)Caiaphas, (BO)who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 nor are you taking into account that (BP)it is in your best interest that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish instead.” 51 Now he did not say this [r]on his own, but (BQ)as he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation; 52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also (BR)gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they (BS)planned together to kill Him.

54 Therefore Jesus (BT)no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, into a city called (BU)Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.

55 Now (BV)the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem from the country prior to the Passover, (BW)in order to [s]purify themselves. 56 So they (BX)were looking for Jesus, and saying to one another as they stood in the temple area, “What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all?” 57 Now (BY)the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it, so that they might arrest Him.

Mary Anoints Jesus

12 (BZ)Therefore, six days before (CA)the Passover, Jesus came to (CB)Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they made Him a dinner there, and (CC)Martha was serving; and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. (CD)Mary then took a [t]pound of very expensive (CE)perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But (CF)Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, the one who intended to [u]betray Him, *said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred [v]denarii and the proceeds given to poor people?” Now he said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he (CG)kept the money box, he used to [w]steal from (CH)what was put into it. Therefore Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it [x]for (CI)the day of My burial. (CJ)For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”

The (CK)large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not on account of Jesus only, but so that they might also see Lazarus, (CL)whom He raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also, 11 because (CM)on account of him (CN)many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12 On the next day, when (CO)the large crowd that had come to (CP)the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began shouting, “(CQ)Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, indeed, the (CR)King of Israel!” 14 Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: 15 (CS)Do not fear, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkeys colt.” 16 (CT)These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus (CU)was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things for Him. 17 So (CV)the [y]people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him. 18 (CW)For this reason also the [z]people went to meet Him, (CX)because they heard that He had performed this [aa]sign. 19 So the Pharisees said [ab]to one another, “You see that you are not accomplishing anything; look, the world has gone after Him!”

Greeks Seek Jesus

20 Now there were some (CY)Greeks among those who were going up to worship at (CZ)the feast; 21 these people then came to (DA)Philip, who was from (DB)Bethsaida of Galilee, and were making a request of him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip *came and *told (DC)Andrew; then Andrew and Philip *came and *told Jesus. 23 But Jesus *answered them by saying, (DD)The hour has come for the Son of Man to (DE)be glorified. 24 Truly, truly I say to you, (DF)unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 (DG)The one who loves his [ac]life loses it, and the one who (DH)hates his [ad]life in this world will keep it [ae]to eternal life. 26 If anyone [af]serves Me, he must follow Me; and (DI)where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone [ag]serves Me, the Father will (DJ)honor him.

Jesus Foretells His Death

27 (DK)Now My soul has become troubled; and what am I to say? ‘(DL)Father, save Me from (DM)this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 (DN)Father, glorify Your name.” Then a (DO)voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 So the crowd who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “(DP)An angel has spoken to Him!” 30 Jesus responded and said, (DQ)This voice has not come for My sake, but for yours. 31 (DR)Now judgment is upon this world; now (DS)the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I (DT)am lifted up from the earth, will (DU)draw all people to Myself.” 33 Now He was saying this (DV)to indicate what kind of death He was going to die. 34 The crowd then answered Him, “We have heard from (DW)the Law that (DX)the [ah]Christ is to remain forever; and how is it that You say, ‘The (DY)Son of Man must be (DZ)lifted up’? Who is this (EA)Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, (EB)For a little while longer (EC)the Light is among you. (ED)Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; also, the one who (EE)walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the Light, (EF)believe in the Light, so that you may become (EG)sons of Light.”

These things Jesus proclaimed, and He went away and (EH)hid Himself from them. 37 But though He had performed so many [ai]signs in their sight, they still were not believing in Him. 38 This happened so that the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke would be fulfilled: “(EI)Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 39 For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, 40 (EJ)He has blinded their eyes and He (EK)hardened their heart, so that they will not see with their eyes and understand with their heart, and [aj]be converted, and so I will not heal them.” 41 These things Isaiah said because (EL)he saw His glory, and (EM)he spoke about Him. 42 Nevertheless (EN)many, even of (EO)the rulers, believed in Him, but (EP)because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, so that they would not be (EQ)excommunicated from the synagogue; 43 (ER)for they loved the [ak]approval of people rather than the [al]approval of God.

44 Now Jesus cried out and said, (ES)The one who believes in Me, does not believe only in Me, but also in Him who sent Me. 45 And (ET)the one who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46 (EU)I have come as Light into the world, so that no one who believes in Me will remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears My [am]teachings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for (EV)I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 (EW)The one who rejects Me and does not [an]accept My [ao]teachings has one who judges him: (EX)the word which I spoke. That will judge him on (EY)the last day. 49 (EZ)For I did not speak [ap]on My own, but the Father Himself who sent Me (FA)has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that (FB)His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak (FC)just as the Father has told Me.”


  1. John 11:2 Or perfume
  2. John 11:4 Lit toward death
  3. John 11:10 Or it; i.e., the world
  4. John 11:12 Lit be saved
  5. John 11:13 Lit the slumber of sleep
  6. John 11:16 I.e., the Twin
  7. John 11:18 Possibly 2 miles or 3 km; a Roman stadion perhaps averaged 607 ft. or 185 m
  8. John 11:20 Lit was sitting
  9. John 11:27 I.e., Messiah
  10. John 11:27 The Coming One was a Messianic title
  11. John 11:33 Lit troubled Himself
  12. John 11:37 Lit done so that this man also would not die
  13. John 11:39 Lit he stinks
  14. John 11:42 Lit crowd
  15. John 11:47 Or doing? For this
  16. John 11:47 I.e., confirming miracles
  17. John 11:48 Possibly meaning the temple
  18. John 11:51 Lit from himself
  19. John 11:55 I.e., undergo required cleansing rituals
  20. John 12:3 I.e., a Roman pound, about 12 oz. or 340 gm
  21. John 12:4 Or hand Him over
  22. John 12:5 The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborer
  23. John 12:6 Lit pilfer
  24. John 12:7 Or in view of
  25. John 12:17 Lit crowd
  26. John 12:18 Lit crowd
  27. John 12:18 I.e., confirming miracle
  28. John 12:19 I.e., as one group to another
  29. John 12:25 Lit soul
  30. John 12:25 Lit soul
  31. John 12:25 Or for
  32. John 12:26 Or is serving
  33. John 12:26 Or is serving
  34. John 12:34 I.e., Messiah
  35. John 12:37 I.e., confirming miracles
  36. John 12:40 Lit be turned; i.e., turn about
  37. John 12:43 Or honor
  38. John 12:43 Or honor
  39. John 12:47 Lit words
  40. John 12:48 Or receive
  41. John 12:48 Lit words
  42. John 12:49 Lit from Myself

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