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Chapter 11

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      A certain man was sick, named Lazarus of Bethania the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary which anointed Jesus with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick, and his sisters sent unto him saying. Lord behold he whom thou lovest, is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said: this infirmity is not unto death, but for the laud of God, that the son of God might be praised by the reason of it. Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. After he heard that he was sick, then abode he two days still in the same place where he was.
      Then after that, said he to his disciples: let us go into Jewry again. His disciples said unto him: Master, the Jewes lately sought means to stone thee, and wilt thou go thither again? Jesus answered, are there not twelve hours in the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. This said he, and after that, he said unto them: our friend Lazarus sleepeth, but I go to wake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples: Lord if he sleep, he shall do well enough. How be it Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of the natural sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes, that I was not there, because ye may believe. Nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas which is called Didymus, unto the disciples: let us also go, that we may die with him. Then went Jesus, and found that he had lain in his grave four days already. Bethanie was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off, and many of the Jewes were come to Martha and Mary to comfort them over their brother. Martha as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
      Then said Martha unto Jesus: Lord if thou hadst been here, my brother had not been dead: but nevertheless, I know that whatsoever thou askest of God, God will give it thee. Jesus said unto her: Thy brother shall rise again. Martha said unto him: I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her: I am the resurrection and the life: He that believeth on me, yea though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth on me, shall never die. Believest thou this? She said unto him: yes Lord, I believe that thou art Christ the son of God which should come into the world. And as soon as she had so said, she went her way and called Mary her sister secretly saying: The master is come and calleth for thee. And she as soon as she heard that, arose quickly, and came unto him. Jesus was not yet come into the town: but was in the place where Martha met him. The Jewes then which were with her in the house and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up hastily, and went out, followed her, saying: She goeth unto the grave, to weep there.
      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 been dead. When Jesus saw her weep, and the Jewes also weep, which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled in himself and said: Where have ye laid him? They said unto him: Lord come and see. And Jesus wept. Then said the Jewes: Behold how he loved him. And some of them said: could not he which opened the eyes of the blind, have made also, that this man should not have died? Jesus again groaned in himself, and came to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone laid on it.
      And Jesus said: take ye away the stone. Martha the sister of him that was dead, said unto him: Lord by this time he stinketh. For he hath been dead four days: Jesus said unto her: Said I not unto thee, that if thou didst believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God. Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lift up his eyes and said: Father I thank thee because that thou hast heard me. I *wot that thou hearest me always: but because of the people that stand by I said it that they may believe, that thou hast sent me.
      And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus come forth. And he that was dead, came forth, bound hand and foot with grave bonds, and his face was bound with a napkin. Jesus said unto them: loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jewes which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what Jesus had done.
      Then gathered the high Priests and the Pharisees a council, and said: what do we? This man doeth many miracles. If we let him scape thus, all men will believe on him, and the Romans shall come and take away our country and the people. And one of them named Caiphas which was the high priest that same year, said unto them: Ye perceive nothing at all nor yet consider that it is expedient for us, that one man die for the people, and not that all the people perish. This spake he not of himself, but being high Priest that same year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the people, and not for the people only, but that he should gather together in one the children of God which were scattered abroad. From that day forth they held a counsel together, for to put him to death.
      Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jewes: but went his way thence unto a country nigh to a wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there haunted with his disciples. And the Jewes *ester was nigh at hand and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the *ester, to purify themselves. Then sought they for Jesus, and spake between themselves as they stood in the temple: What think ye, seeing he cometh not to the feast? The high Priests and Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man knew where he were, he should show it, that they might take him.

*wot (know) *ester: exact spelling, maybe the feast of sweet bread

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