John 11:1-29 Bible in Basic English

The Death of Lazarus

11 1  Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill; he was of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2  (The Mary whose brother Lazarus was ill, was the Mary who put perfumed oil on the Lord and made his feet dry with her hair.) 3  So the sisters sent to him, saying, Lord, your dear friend is ill. 4  When this came to his ears, Jesus said, The end of this disease is not death, but the glory of God, so that the Son of God may have glory because of it. 5  Now Jesus had love in his heart for Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6  So when the news came to him that Lazarus was ill, he did not go from the place where he was for two days. 7  Then after that time he said to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. 8  The disciples said to him, Master, the Jews were attempting only the other day to have you stoned, and are you going back there again? 9  Then Jesus said in answer, Are there not twelve hours in the day? A man may go about in the day without falling, because he sees the light of this world. 10  But if a man goes about in the night, he may have a fall because the light is not in him. 11  These things said he: and after that he said to them, Lazarus our friend is at rest; but I go so that I may make him come out of his sleep. 12  Then his disciples said to him, Lord, if he is resting he will get well. 13  Jesus, however, was talking of his death: but they had the idea that he was talking about taking rest in sleep. 14  Then Jesus said to them clearly, Lazarus is dead. 15  And because of you I am glad I was not there, so that you may have faith; but let us go to him. 16  Then Thomas, who was named Didymus, said to the other disciples, Let us go so that we may be with him in death.

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

17  Now when Jesus came, he made the discovery that Lazarus had been put into the earth four days before. 18  Now Bethany was near to Jerusalem, about two miles away; 19  And a number of Jews had come to Martha and Mary to give them comfort about their brother. 20  When Martha had the news that Jesus was on the way, she went out to him, but Mary did not go from the house. 21  Then Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here my brother would not be dead. 22  But I am certain that, even now, whatever request you make to God, God will give it to you. 23  Jesus said to her, Your brother will come to life again. 24  Martha said to him, I am certain that he will come to life again when all come back from the dead at the last day. 25  Jesus said to her, I am myself that day and that life; he who has faith in me will have life even if he is dead; 26  And no one who is living and has faith in me will ever see death. Is this your faith? 27  She said to him, Yes, Lord: my faith is that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.

Jesus Weeps

28  And having said this, she went away and said secretly to her sister Mary, The Master is here and has sent for you. 29  And Mary, hearing this, got up quickly and went to him.


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