Chapter 113: Lazarus returned from the dead

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick of the infection.

4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not for the darkness, but for the glory of God, that the Leader of the Living might be glorified thereby.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. 7 Then after that saith he to his warriors, Let us go into Judaea again.

8 His warriors say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth for great distances. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because he looks over his shoulder in fear. 11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may arrive before he is awakened.

12 Then said his warriors, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may learn; nevertheless let us go unto him.

16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow warriors, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already and digging could be heard.

18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Martha cowered unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection of the infection.

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the cure, and the protector of life: he that come for me, though he were dead, again shall he die: 26 And whosoever traineth and believeth in me shall live once. Believest thou this?

27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Leader of the Living, which should come into the world.

28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.

29 As soon as she heard that, she stood quickly, and came unto him.

30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she stood up hastily and went out, followed her, worrying, Goeth she unto the grave to weep there?

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 34 And said, Where have ye laid him?

35 They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

36 Jesus drew his sword. 37 Then said the Jews, Behold, did not he love him?

38 And some of them said, Could not this man, which took fear from the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

39 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 40  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.

41 Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he is ravenous: for he hath been risen four days.

42 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

43 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 44 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

45 And when the stone was moved, Lazarus groaned with a loud voice, and came forth. 46 And he that was dead came forth, dragging graveclothes that bound him hand and foot: and his face was insane and wide with browning teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 47 But one of the warriors stepped forward to protect his Lord and was brushed aside, his sword broken on an arm of mouldering flesh. 48 And Jesus sheathed is sword and with sling split the head of Lazarus while he was still long off, sending him to lie still upon the ground.