John 11-12 Bible in Basic English

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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. 30  Now Jesus had not at this time come into the town, but was still in the place where Martha had seen him. 31  Then the Jews who were with her in the house, comforting her, when they saw Mary get up quickly and go out, went after her in the belief that she was going to the place of the dead and would be weeping there. 32  When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she went down at his feet, saying, Lord, if you had been here my brother would not be dead.

33  And when Jesus saw her weeping, and saw the Jews weeping who came with her, his spirit was moved and he was troubled, 34  And said, Where have you put him? They said, Come and see, Lord. 35  And Jesus himself was weeping. 36  So the Jews said, See how dear he was to him! 37  But some of them said, This man, who made open the eyes of the blind man, was he not able to keep his friend from death?

Lazarus Brought to Life

38  So Jesus, deeply troubled in heart, came to the place of the dead. It was a hole in the rock, and a stone was over the opening. 39  Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said, Lord, by this time the body will be smelling, for he has been dead four days. 40  Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you had faith you would see the glory of God? 41  So they took away the stone. And Jesus, looking up to heaven, said, Father, I give praise to you for hearing me. 42  I was certain that your ears are at all times open to me, but I said it because of these who are here, so that they may see that you sent me. 43  Then he said in a loud voice, Lazarus, come out! 44  And he who was dead came out, with linen bands folded tightly about his hands and feet, and a cloth about his face. Jesus said to them, Make him free and let him go.

The Plot against Jesus

45  Then a number of the Jews who had come to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did had belief in him. 46  But some of them went to the Pharisees with the news of what Jesus had done. 47  Then the high priests and the Pharisees had a meeting and said, What are we doing? This man is doing a number of signs. 48  If we let him go on in this way, everybody will have belief in him and the Romans will come and take away our place and our nation. 49  But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, You have no knowledge of anything; 50  You do not see that it is in your interest for one man to be put to death for the people, so that all the nation may not come to destruction. 51  He did not say this of himself, but being the high priest that year he said, as a prophet, that Jesus would be put to death for the nation; 52  And not for that nation only, but for the purpose of uniting in one body the children of God all over the world. 53  And from that day they took thought together how to put him to death. 54  So Jesus no longer went about publicly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near to the waste land, to a town named Ephraim, where he was for some time with the disciples. 55  Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and numbers of people went up from the country to Jerusalem to make themselves clean before the Passover. 56  They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another while they were in the Temple, What is your opinion? Will he not come to the feast? 57  Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone had knowledge where he was, he was to give them word, so that they might take him.

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.

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

27  Now is my soul troubled; and what am I to say? Father, keep me from this hour. No: for this purpose have I come to this hour. 28  Father, give glory to your name. Then there came a voice out of heaven, saying, I have given it glory, and I will give it glory again. 29  Hearing the sound, a number of people who were there said that it was thunder: others said, An angel was talking to him. 30  Jesus said in answer, This voice came not for me but for you. 31  Now is this world to be judged: now will the ruler of this world be sent out. 32  And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will make all men come to me. 33  (This he said, pointing to the sort of death he would have.) 34  Then the people in answer said to him, The law says that the Christ will have life without end: how say you then that it is necessary for the Son of man to be lifted up? Who is this Son of man? 35  Jesus said to them, For a little time longer the light will be among you; while you have the light go on walking in it, so that the dark may not overtake you: one walking in the dark has no knowledge of where he is going. 36  In so far as you have the light, put your faith in the light so that you may become sons of light. With these words Jesus went away and for a time was not seen again by them.

The Unbelief of the Jews

37  But though he had done such a number of signs before them, they still had no belief in him: 38  So that the words of the prophet Isaiah might come true, when he said, Lord, who has any belief in our preaching? and the arm of the Lord, to whom has it been unveiled? 39  For this reason they were unable to have belief, because Isaiah said again, 40  He has made their eyes blind, and their hearts hard; for fear that they might see with their eyes and get knowledge with their hearts, and be changed, and I might make them well. 41  (Isaiah said these words because he saw his glory. His words were about him.)

42  However, a number even of the rulers had belief in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not say so openly for fear that they might be shut out from the Synagogue: 43  For the praise of men was dearer to them than the approval of God.

The Judgment of Jesus' Word

44  Then Jesus said with a loud voice, He who has faith in me, has faith not in me, but in him who sent me. 45  And he who sees me, sees him who sent me. 46  I have come as a light into the world, so that no one who has faith in me will go on living in the dark. 47  And if any man gives ear to my words and does not keep them, I am not his judge: I did not come to be judge of the world but to give salvation to the world. 48  He who puts me on one side and does not take my words to heart, is not without a judge: the word which I have said will be his judge on the last day. 49  For I have not said it on my authority, but the Father who sent me gave me orders what to say and how to say it. 50  And I have knowledge that his order is eternal life: so that the things which I say, I say them even as the Father says them to me.

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