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Chapter 12

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      Then Jesus six days before *ester, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, which was dead and whom Jesus raised from death. There they made him a supper, and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment called Nardus, perfect and precious, and anointed Jesus feet, and wiped his feet with her hair and the house was filled of the savour of the ointment. Then said one of his disciples named Judas Iscarioth Simons son, which afterward betrayed him: why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This said he, not that he cared for the poor: but because he was a thief, and kept the bag, and bare that which was given. Then said Jesus: Let her alone, against the day of my burying she kept it. The poor all ways shall ye have with you, but me shall ye not all ways have.
       Much people of the Jewes had knowledge that he was there. And they came, not for Jesus sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also whom he raised from death. The high Priests therefore held a council that they might put Lazarus to death also, because that for his sake many of the Jewes went away, and believed on Jesus.
      On the morrow, much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus should come to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went and met him, and cried: Hosanna, blessed is he that in the name of the Lord, cometh king of Israel. And Jesus got a young ass and sat thereon, according to that which was written: fear not daughter of Sion, behold thy king cometh sitting on an asss colt. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that such things were written of him, and that such things they had done unto him. The people that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from death, bare record. Therefore met him the people, because they heard that he had done such a miracle. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves perceive ye how we prevail nothing? behold the world goeth away after him.
      There were certain Greeks among them, that came to pray at the feast: the same came to Philip which was of Bethsaida a city in Galile, and desired him saying: Sir we would fain see Jesus. Philip came and told Andrew. And again Andrew and Philip told Jesus. And Jesus answered them saying: the hour is come that the son of man must be glorified.
      Verily, verily I say unto you, except the wheat corn fall into the ground and die, it bideth alone. If it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall destroy it: and he that hateth his life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man minister unto me, let him follow me and where I am there shall also my minister be. And if any man minister unto me, him will my father honour.
      Now is my soul troubled, and what shall I say? Father deliver me from this hour: but therefore came I unto this hour. Father glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven: I have glorified it and will glorify it again. Then said the people that stood by and heard: it thundereth. Other said an angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said: this voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
      Now is the judgement of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I were lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This said Jesus, signifying what death he should die. The people answered him: We have heard out of the law that Christ bideth ever, and how sayest thou then that the son of man must be lifted up? who is that son of man? Then Jesus said unto them: yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have light, lest the darkness come on you. He that walketh in the dark, *wotteth not whither he goeth. While ye have light believe on the light, that ye may be the children of light.
      These things spake Jesus and departed, and hid himself from them. And though he had done so many miracles before them, yet believed not they on him, that the saying of Esaias the Prophet might be fulfilled, that he spake.
      Lord who shall believe our saying? And to whom is the arm of the Lord opened? Therefore could they not believe, because that Esaias saith again: he hath blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, that they should not see with their eyes, and understand with their hearts, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Such things said Esaias when he saw his glory, and spake of him. Nevertheless among the chief rulers many believed on him. But because of the Pharisees they would not be a known of it, lest they should be excommunicated. For they loved the praise that is given of men, more than the praise that cometh of God.
      And Jesus cried and said: he that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me, seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world that whosoever believeth on me, should not bide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not. For I came not to judge the world: but to save the world. He that refuseth me and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him. The words that I have spoken, they shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself: but the father which sent me, he gave me a commandment what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that this commandment is life everlasting. Whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the father bade me, so I speak.

*ester: exact spelling, maybe the feast of sweet bread. *wotteth (knows)

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