Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany,1 the village of Mary and her sister Martha.22
This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.33
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love4 is sick."
When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory5 so that God's Son may be glorified through it."5
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."68
"But Rabbi,"7 they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you,8 and yet you are going back there?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light.910It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light."11
After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend10 Lazarus has fallen asleep;11 but I am going there to wake him up."12
His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better."
Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.1214
So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead,15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."16
Then Thomas13 (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."