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There was someone ailing, Lazarus from Bethany,
from the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
It was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfume
and wiped off his feet with her hair,
whose brother Lazarus was ailing.

So the sisters sent to him saying, "Lord,
look, the one you love is ailing."

Jesus having heard said, "This ailment is not for death
but for the glory of God,
so that the son of God may be glorified by it."

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ailing,
first he stayed in the place he was for two days;
then after this he said to the disciples,
"Let us go into Judea again."

The disciples said to him, "Rabbi,
the Jews were just trying to stone you,
and are you going back there again?"

Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of day?
If one walks by day, one does not stumble,
because one sees by the light of this world;
but if one walks at night, one stumbles,
because there is no light in one."

He said these things, and after this he said to them,
"Lazarus our friend has fallen asleep;
but I am going so I may awaken him."

Therefore the disciples said to him, "Lord,
if he has fallen asleep, he will be saved."
But Jesus had spoken about his death;
and those thought that he was talking about ordinary sleep.

So then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus died,
and I am glad for your sake, so that you may believe,
that I was not there;
but let us go to him."

Therefore Thomas,
who was called Twin by his fellow disciples,
said, "Let us go also so that we may die with him."

So going Jesus found him
having already been in the tomb for four days.
Bethany was near Jerusalem about fifteen stadiums away.
Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary,
so that they might console them about the brother.

So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him; but Mary sat in the house.
So Martha said to Jesus, "Lord,
if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
Even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you."

Jesus said to her. "Your brother will rise up."
Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise up
in the resurrection on the last day."

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and life;
whoever believes in me even though one dies one will live,
and all who live and believe in me never die;
do you believe this?"

She said to him, "Yes, Lord;
I have believed that you are the Christ,
the son of God, the one coming into the world."

Having said this she went away
and called her sister Mary secretly
saying, "The teacher is here and is calling you."

When she heard, she rose quickly and went to him;
Jesus had not yet come into the village,
but he was still in the place where Martha met him.
Therefore the Jews who were with her in the house
and consoling her,
seeing that Mary quickly got up and went out,
followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb
so that she might weep there.

So when Mary came to where Jesus was,
seeing him she fell at his feet, saying to him, "Lord,
if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

So when Jesus saw her weeping
and the Jews coming with her weeping,
he was deeply moved in his spirit and troubled,
and he said, "Where have you put him?"

They said to him, "Lord, come and see."

Jesus wept.
Therefore the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"

But some of them said, "Could not this one
who opened the eyes of the blind
make it so that this one also would not die?"

So Jesus again deeply moved within himself
came to the tomb;
it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

Jesus said, "Take away the stone."

Martha, the sister of the one who died, said to him,
"Lord, by now he will smell; for it is the fourth day."

Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you
that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"

So they took away the stone.
Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father,
I thank you that you did hear me.
I knew that you always do hear me;
however, because of the crowd standing around I said it,
so that they may believe that you sent me."

Having said this
he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"

The one who had died came out,
his feet and hands bound with bandages,
and his face had been wrapped around with a handkerchief.

Jesus said to them, "Untie him and let him go."

Therefore many of the Jews, who had come to Mary
and had seen what he did, believed in him;
but some of them went away to the Pharisees
and told them what Jesus did.

So the high priests and the Pharisees assembled a council
and said, "What do we do,
for this person performs many miracles?
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him,
and the Romans will come
and will take both our place and the nation."

But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year,
said to them, "You don't know anything,
nor do you reason that it is better for us
that one person should die on behalf of the people
than that the whole nation should perish."

But he did not say this from himself,
but being high priest of that year he prophesied
that Jesus was about to die on behalf of the nation,
and not on behalf of the nation alone,
but also so that he might gather into one
the scattered children of God.

So from that day they plotted so that they might kill him.
Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews,
but he went away from there to the country near the desert,
to a town called Ephraim;
and there he stayed with his disciples.

64. Raising Lazarus from the Dead Harmony 64 * Interpretation 64
65. Parables on Prayer Harmony 65 * Synthesis 65 * Interpretation 65

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