John 11:1-44

The Death of Lazarus

1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of 1Mary and her sister Martha.
2 2It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.
3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, 3he whom you love is ill."
4 But when Jesus heard it he said, 4"This illness does not lead to death. It is for 5the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
5 Now 6Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 So, when he heard that Lazarus[a] was ill, 7he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
7 Then after this he said to the disciples, 8"Let us go to Judea again."
8 The disciples said to him, 9"Rabbi, 10the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?"
9 Jesus answered, 11"Are there not twelve hours in the day? 12If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10 But 13if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not 14in him."
11 After saying these things, he said to them, "Our friend Lazarus 15has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him."
12 The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
14 Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus has died,
15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
16 16So Thomas, called the Twin,[b] said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, 17that we may die with him."

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb 18four days.
18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles[c] off,
19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary 19to console them concerning their brother.
20 20So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.
21 Martha said to 21Jesus, "Lord, 22if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, 23God will give you."
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24 24Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in 25the resurrection on the last day."
25 Jesus said to her, 26"I am the resurrection and 27the life.[d] Whoever believes in me, 28though he die, 29yet shall he live,
26 and everyone who lives and believes in me 30shall never die. Do you believe this?"
27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord; 31I believe that 32you are the Christ, the Son of God, 33who is coming into the world."

Jesus Weeps

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, 34"The Teacher is here and is calling for you."
29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.
31 When the Jews 35who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, 36"Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he 37was deeply moved in his spirit and 38greatly troubled.
34 And he said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see."
35 39Jesus wept.
36 So the Jews said, "See 40how he loved him!"
37 But some of them said, "Could not he 41who opened the eyes of the blind man 42also have kept this man from dying?"

Jesus Raises Lazarus

38 Then Jesus, 43deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was 44a cave, and 45a stone lay against it.
39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for 46he has been dead four days."
40 Jesus said to her, 47"Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see 48the glory of God?"
41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus 49lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
42 50I knew that you always hear me, but I said this 51on account of the people standing around, 52that they may believe that you sent me."
43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out."
44 53The man who had died came out, 54his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and 55his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

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John 11:1-44 In-Context

1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.
3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
4 But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
7 Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."
8 The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?"
9 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
11 After saying these things, he said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him."
12 The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
14 Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus has died,
15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.
18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,
19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.
21 Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you."
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world."
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you."
29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.
31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.
34 And he said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see."
35 Jesus wept.
36 So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
37 But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?"
38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days."
40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?"
41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me."
43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out."
44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."
45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him,
46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Council and said, "What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.
48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

Cross References 55

  • 1. See Luke 10:38, 39
  • 2. John 12:3
  • 3. ver. 5, 11, 36
  • 4. [ver. 11; Matthew 9:24]
  • 5. ver. 40; [John 9:3; John 13:31]
  • 6. ver. 3
  • 7. [John 2:4; John 7:6, 8]
  • 8. John 10:40
  • 9. See John 1:38
  • 10. John 8:59; John 10:31
  • 11. [Luke 13:33]
  • 12. See John 9:4; 1 John 2:10
  • 13. Jeremiah 13:16
  • 14. Jeremiah 13:16
  • 15. See Matthew 27:52
  • 16. John 14:5; John 20:24, 26-28; John 21:2; Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13
  • 17. [John 13:37]
  • 18. ver. 39
  • 19. ver. 31; Job 2:11
  • 20. [Luke 10:38, 39]
  • 21. ver. 32
  • 22. [ver. 37]
  • 23. [ver. 42; John 9:31]
  • 24. [ver. 39]
  • 25. John 5:29; Luke 14:14; See John 6:39
  • 26. [John 5:21; John 6:40, 44; 1 Corinthians 15:21]
  • 27. John 14:6; [John 6:57; Colossians 3:4]; See John 1:4
  • 28. [John 12:25]
  • 29. See John 3:36
  • 30. John 6:50, 51; John 8:51
  • 31. John 6:69; John 20:31; 1 John 5:1, 5; [John 8:24; John 13:19; 1 John 4:16]
  • 32. Matthew 16:16
  • 33. John 6:14; See Matthew 11:3
  • 34. Matthew 26:18; Mark 14:14; Luke 22:11; See John 13:13
  • 35. ver. 19
  • 36. ver. 21
  • 37. ver. 38; Mark 14:5(Gk.)
  • 38. John 12:27; John 13:21
  • 39. [Luke 19:41]
  • 40. ver. 3
  • 41. John 9:6, 7
  • 42. [ver. 21, 32]
  • 43. ver. 33
  • 44. Isaiah 22:16
  • 45. John 20:1; Matthew 27:60; Mark 15:46; Luke 24:2
  • 46. ver. 17
  • 47. ver. 25, 26
  • 48. ver. 4; [Romans 6:4]
  • 49. John 17:1
  • 50. [ver. 22; Matthew 26:53]
  • 51. John 12:29, 30
  • 52. John 17:8, 21; See John 3:17
  • 53. John 5:28, 29
  • 54. John 19:40
  • 55. [John 20:7]

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Greek he; also verse 17
  • [b]. Greek Didymus
  • [c]. Greek fifteen stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
  • [d]. Some manuscripts omit and the life