John 11 Mace - Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, who was of



1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, who was of Bethany, the town of Mary, and of Martha her sister. 2 (it was that Mary who perfum'd the Lord with ointment, after having wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 his two sisters therefore sent this message to Jesus; he, Lord, whom you love, is sick.
4 when Jesus heard that, he said, the disease is not to be mortal, but is design'd for the glory of God, that the son of God might be glorified thereby. 5 now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 however, he stay'd in the place where he was, even two days after he had heard that Lazarus was sick. 7 and then he said to his disciples, let us return to Judea.
8 upon which his disciples said, master, it is not long since the Jews attempted to stone you; and are you for going thither again?
9 Jesus answered, are there not twelve hours in the day? he that travels by day does not stumble, because he has the light of this world to see by. 10 but if a man travels by night he stumbles, because there is no light for him. 11 thus he entertain'd them: and after that, he said to them, our friend Lazarus is asleep; but I am going to awake him.
12 then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he will recover;
13 though Jesus meant it of Lazarus's death: but they understood it of the natural rest in sleep. 14 then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there (to the intent you may believe) but now, let us go to him.
16 then said Thomas, that is, Didymus, to his fellow-disciples, let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 When Jesus was arriv'd, he found that Lazarus had been then four days in the grave. 18 now Bethany being distant from Jerusalem but about fifteen furlongs, 19 many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to condole with them upon the loss of their brother. 20 Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet him: but Mary stay'd at home.
21 Lord, said Martha to Jesus, if you had been here, my brother had not been dead. 22 but yet even now whatever you shall ask of God, I know God will grant it to you.
23 Jesus said to her, your brother shall rise again.
24 Martha said to him, I know that he shall rise again at the resurrection of the last day.
25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me shall live even though he were dead: 26 and no man living that believeth in me, shall ever die.
27 do you believe this? yes, Lord, said Martha, I believe that thou art the Messiah the son of God, who was to come into the world.
28 When she had said this, she went privately to call Mary her sister, saying, the master is come, and calls for you.
29 no sooner she heard that, but she arose with all speed, and came to him. 30 for Jesus was not yet arrived in the town, but staid at the place were Martha met him. 31 the Jews then who were with Mary in the house to comfort her, when they saw that she rose in such haste, and went out, followed her, saying, she is going to the grave to weep there.
32 Mary being come to the place where Jesus was, as soon as she saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying, Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not been dead.
33 when Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping who came with her, he sighed from his heart, and was troubled, 34 and said, where have ye laid him? they said to him, Lord, come and see.
35 then Jesus wept.
36 upon which the Jews said, see how he loved him. 37 but some of them said, this man who has given sight to the blind, could not he have prevented Lazarus's death?
38 Jesus then again sighing, came to the sepulchre which was a cave, shut up by a stone. 39 Jesus said, take away the stone. Martha, sister to the deceas'd, said to him, Lord, by this time he is offensive: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus said to her, did I not tell you, that if you would believe, you should see the glory of God?
41 then they took away the stone from the place where the corps was laid. and Jesus lifting up his eyes to heaven said, "father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 I know that thou hearest me always: but I say this, because of the people here present, that they may believe that thou hast sent me." 43 when he had spoke this, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 and he that was dead came forth, his body wrapt in a winding sheet: and his face bound about with a napkin. loose him, said Jesus, and let him go.
45 many therefore of the Jews who came to see Mary, and had seen what Jesus had done, believed on him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees, and told them what Jesus had done.
47 upon this the chief priests and the Pharisees being assembled in council, said, what shall we do? for this man performs many miracles. 48 if we let him go on at this rate, all will believe on him; and the Romans will come, and destroy both our temple and nation.
49 but one of them named Caiaphas, being the high priest at that time, said to them, ye don't know what you are about. 50 you little consider it is our interest, that one man should die for the people, to prevent the destruction of the whole nation. 51 now this he did not say from his own motion: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation: 52 and not for that nation only, but likewise to reassemble the dispersed children of God into one body. 53 from that day therefore, they consulted together to put Jesus to death. 54 For which reason he did not afterwards appear publickly among the Jews; but retir'd into the country near the desart, to a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
55 now the passover of the Jews being nigh: the people of that country went in great numbers to Jerusalem before the passover, in order to purify themselves. 56 when they were in the temple, they enquired for Jesus, and said to one another, do you think he will not be at the feast? 57 now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had publish'd an order, that if any man knew where he was, he should give information in order to have him seized.