John 12:1-26 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12 1  Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had made to come back from the dead. 2  So they made him a meal there, and he was waited on by Martha, and Lazarus was among those who were seated with him at table. 3  Then Mary, taking a pound of perfumed oil of great value, put it on the feet of Jesus and made them dry with her hair: and the house became full of the smell of the perfume. 4  But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot (who was to give him up), said, 5  Why was not this perfume traded for three hundred pence, and the money given to the poor? 6  (He said this, not because he had any love for the poor; but because he was a thief, and, having the money-bag, took for himself what was put into it.) 7  Then Jesus said, Let her be. Let her keep what she has for the day of my death. 8  The poor you have ever with you, but me you have not for ever.

The Plot against Lazarus

9  Then a great number of the Jews had news that he was there: and they came, not only because of Jesus, but so that they might see Lazarus who had been dead and to whom he had given life. 10  Now there was talk among the chief priests of putting Lazarus to death; 11  For because of him a great number of the Jews went away and had belief in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

12  The day after, a great number of people who were there for the feast, when they had the news that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13  Took branches of palm-trees and went out to him, crying, A blessing on him who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel! 14  And Jesus saw a young ass and took his seat on it; as the Writings say, 15  Have no fear, daughter of Zion: see your King is coming, seated on a young ass. 16  (These things were not clear to his disciples at first: but when Jesus had been lifted up into his glory, then it came to their minds that these things in the Writings were about him and that they had been done to him.) 17  Now the people who were with him when his voice came to Lazarus in the place of the dead, and gave him life again, had been talking about it. 18  And that was the reason the people went out to him, because it had come to their ears that he had done this sign. 19  Then the Pharisees said one to another, You see, you are unable to do anything: the world has gone after him.

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20  Now there were some Greeks among the people who had come up to give worship at the feast: 21  They came to Philip, who was of Beth-saida in Galilee, and made a request, saying, Sir, we have a desire to see Jesus. 22  Philip went and gave word of it to Andrew; and Andrew went with Philip to Jesus. 23  And Jesus said to them in answer, The hour of the glory of the Son of man has come. 24  Truly I say to you, If a seed of grain does not go into the earth and come to an end, it is still a seed and no more; but through its death it gives much fruit. 25  He who is in love with life will have it taken from him; and he who has no care for his life in this world will keep it for ever and ever. 26  If any man is my servant, let him come after me; and where I am, there will my servant be. If any man becomes my servant, my Father will give him honour.


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