11 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from [a]Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived.2 It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.3 So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, he [our brother and Your friend] whom You love is sick.”4 When Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness will not end in death; but [on the contrary it is] for the glory and honor of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”5 Now Jesus loved and was concerned about Martha and her sister and Lazarus [and considered them dear friends].
John 11:1Two cities named Bethany are mentioned in the NT. This one is located on the east side of the Mount of Olives, about two miles from Jerusalem, on the road to Jericho; the other city is “Bethany across the Jordan” (1:28) in Perea.
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