The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 (A)Many of the Jews therefore, (B)who had come with Mary and (C)had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees (D)gathered (E)the council and said, (F)“What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and (G)the Romans will come and take away both our (H)place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, (I)Caiaphas, (J)who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that (K)it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but (L)being high priest that year (M)he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and (N)not for the nation only, but also (O)to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they (P)made plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore (Q)no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

55 Now (R)the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and (S)many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover (T)to purify themselves. 56 (U)They were looking for[a] Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

12 Six days before (V)the Passover, (W)Jesus therefore came to Bethany, (X)where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. (Y)Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. (Z)Mary therefore took a pound[b] of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii[c] and (AA)given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and (AB)having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it[d] for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus[e] was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, (AC)whom he had raised from the dead. 10 (AD)So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because (AE)on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day (AF)the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of (AG)palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, (AH)“Hosanna! Blessed is (AI)he who comes in the name of the Lord, even (AJ)the King of Israel!”

Footnotes

  1. John 11:56 Greek were seeking for
  2. John 12:3 Greek litra; a litra (or Roman pound) was equal to about 11 1/2 ounces or 327 grams
  3. John 12:5 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
  4. John 12:7 Or Leave her alone; she intended to keep it
  5. John 12:9 Greek he

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