International Standard Version
The Death of Lazarus
1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the woman who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair. Her brother Lazarus was the one who was ill. 3So the sisters sent word to Jesusa and told him, “Lord, the one whom you love is ill.”
4But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness isn’t meant to end in death. It’s for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6Yet, when he heard that Lazarusb was ill, he stayed where he was for two more days.
7After this, he told the disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”
9Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours in the day, aren’t there? If anyone walks during the day he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10But if anyone walks at night he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11These were the things he said.
Then after this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I’m leaving to wake him up.”
Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarusf had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadiag away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.
23Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24Martha told him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
25Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.i The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live. 26Indeed, everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe that?”
28When she had said this, she went away and called her sister Mary and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you!”
29As soon as Maryk heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet arrived at the village but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jewish leadersl who had been with her, consoling her in the house, saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking that she had gone to the tomb to cry there.
32As soon as Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet and told him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.”
They told him, “Lord, come and see.”
35Jesus burst into tears.
37But some of them said, “Surely the one who opened the eyes of the blind man could have kept this man from dying, couldn’t he?”
Jesus Brings Lazarus Back to Life
Martha, the dead man’s sister, told him, “Lord, there must be a stench by now, because he’s been dead for four days.”
Then Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. 42I know that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”
43After saying this, he shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The man who had died came out, his hands and feet tied with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a handkerchief. Jesus told them, “Untie him, and let him go.”
The Jewish Council Plans to Kill Jesus
45Many of the Jews who had come with Mary and who had observed what Jesus did believed in him. 46Some of them, however, went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47So the high priests and the Pharisees assembled the Counciln and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our Templeo and our nation.”
49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, told them, “You don’t know anything! 50You don’t realize that it is better for youp to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.” 51Now he did not say this on his own initiative. As high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52and not only for the nation, but that he would also gather into one the children of God who were scattered abroad. 53So from that day on they resolved to put him to death. 54As a result, Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews.q Instead, he went from therer to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness. There he remained with his disciples.
55Now the Jewish Passover was approaching, and before the Passover many people from the countryside went up to Jerusalem to purify themselves. 56They kept looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the Temple, “What do you think? Surely he won’t come to the festival, will he?” 57Now the high priests and the Pharisees had given orders that whoever knew where he was should tell them so that they could arrest him.
a 11:3 Lit. sent to him
b 11:6 Lit. he
c 11:08Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher
d 11:8 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. the Jews
e 11:16 Lit. Didymus
f 11:17 Lit. he
g 11:18 i.e. about two miles; the Roman mile contained eight stadia, one stadion was about 604.5 feet long.
h 11:22 Lit. God
i 11:25 Other mss. lack and the life
j 11:27 Or Christ
k 11:29 Lit. she
l 11:31 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. the Jews
m 11:36 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. the Jews
n 11:47 Or Sanhedrin
o 11:48 Lit. place
p 11:50 Other mss. read for us
q 11:54 i.e. Judean leaders
r 11:54 i.e. from Bethany