1 Now there was a man ill, Lazarus of Bethany ??the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (The Mary whose brother Lazarus was ill was the Mary who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 so the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
4 When Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness is not to end in death; the end of it is the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified thereby." 5 [Relocated to follow vs 2] Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus; 6 So, when he heard of the illness, he stayed where he was for two days; then, 7 after that, he said to the disciples, "Let us go back to Judaea."
8 "Rabbi," said the disciples, "the Jews were trying to stone you only the other day; are you going back there?"
9 Jesus replied, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If one walks during the day he does not stumble, for he sees the light of this world: 10 but if one walks during the night he does stumble, for the light is not in him." 11 This he said, then added, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; I am going to waken him."
12 "Lord," said the disciples, "if he has fallen asleep, he will get better."
13 Jesus, however, had been speaking of his death; but as they imagined he meant natural sleep, 14 he then told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead; 15 and for your sakes I am glad I was not there, that you may believe. Come now, let us go to him."
16 Whereupon Thomas (called 'the Twin') said to his fellow-disciples, "Let us go too, let us die along with him!"
17 Now when Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been buried for four days. 18 [vss 18 & 19 placed between vss 19 a number of Jews had gone to condole with Martha and Mary about their brother; 20 Then Martha, hearing of the arrival of Jesus, went out to meet him, while Mary sat at home.
21 Said Martha to Jesus, "Had you been here, Lord, my brother would not have died. 22 But now ??well, I know whatever you ask God for, he will grant you."
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24 "I know," said Martha, "he will rise at the resurrection, on the last day."
25 Jesus said to her, "I am myself resurrection and life: he who believes in me will live, even if he dies, 26 and no one who lives and believes in me will ever die. You believe that?"
27 "Yes, Lord," she said, "I do believe you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world" ??28 and with these words she went off to call her sister Mary, telling her secretly, "The Teacher is here, and he is calling for you."
29 So, on hearing this, Mary rose hurriedly and went to him. 30 & 31] Now as Bethany is not far from Jerusalem, only about two miles away, 30 Jesus had not entered the village yet, he was still at the spot where Martha had met him. 31 and when the Jews who were condoling with her inside the house noticed her rise hurriedly and go out, they followed her, as they imagined she was going to wail at the tomb.
32 But when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she dropped at his feet, crying, "Had you been here, Lord, my brother would not have died."
33 Now when Jesus saw her wailing and saw the Jews who accompanied her wailing, he chafed in spirit and was disquieted. 34 "Where have you laid him?" he asked. They answered, "Come and see, sir."
35 Jesus burst into tears.
36 Whereupon the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" ??37 though some of them asked, "Could he not have prevented him from dying, when he could open a blind man's eyes?"
38 This made Jesus chafe afresh, so he went to the tomb; it was a cave with a boulder to close it. 39 Jesus said, "Remove the boulder." "Lord," said Martha, the dead man's sister, "he will be stinking by this time; he has been dead four days."
40 "Did I not tell you," said Jesus, "if you will only believe, you shall see the glory of God?"
41 Then they removed the boulder, and Jesus, lifting his eyes to heaven, said, "Father, I thank thee for listening to me. 42 (I knew thou wouldst always listen to me, but I spoke on account of the crowd around, that they might believe thou hast sent me.)" 43 So saying, he exclaimed with a loud cry, "Lazarus, come out!" 44 Out came the dead man, his feet and hands swathed in bandages, and his face tied up with a towel. Jesus said, "Untie him, and let him move."
45 Now a number of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and who witnessed what he had done, believed in him. 46 But some of them went off to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done;
47 whereupon the high priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "Whatever is to be done?" they said. "The fellow is performing a number of Signs. 48 If we let him alone, like this, everybody will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and suppress our holy Place and our nation."
49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, "You know nothing about it ??50 you do not understand it is in your own interests that one man should die for the People, instead of the whole nation being destroyed." 51 (He did not say this simply of his own accord; he was high priest that year, and his words were a prophecy that Jesus was to die for the nation, 52 and not merely for the nation but to gather into one the scattered children of God.) 53 So from that day their plan was to kill him. 54 Accordingly Jesus no longer appeared in public among the Jews, but withdrew to the country adjoining the desert, to a town called Ephraim; there he stayed with the disciples.
55 Now the passover of the Jews was near, and many people went up from the country to Jerusalem, to purify themselves before the passover. 56 They looked out for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple they said to one another, "What do you think? Do you think he will not come up to the festival?" 57 (The high priests and the Pharisees had given orders that they were to be informed, if anyone found out where he was, so that they might arrest him.)