John 11:30-57 New Revised Standard Version

30  Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31  The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32  When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

33  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34  He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." 35  Jesus began to weep. 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 have kept this man from dying?"

Lazarus Brought to Life

38  Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39  Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because 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 looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42  I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." 43  When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44  The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

The Plot against Jesus

45  Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46  But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done. 47  So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, "What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. 48  If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation." 49  But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all! 50  You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed." 51  He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation, 52  and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the dispersed children of God. 53  So from that day on they planned to put him to death. 54  Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews, but went from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness; and he remained there with the disciples. 55  Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. 56  They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, "What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?" 57  Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

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