Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.
Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.
For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
Thomas, who was called the Twin, a said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus b had already been in the tomb four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles c away,
and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
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