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с н А Р. XI. OW a certain man was fick, named Lazarus, of

Bethany, the town of Mary and her fifter Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with

ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair (a), whose 3 brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sister fent

unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou loveft 4 is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This fick

ness is not unto death (b), but for the glory of God, 5 that the Son of God inight be glorified thereby. Now

Jesus loved Martha, and her fifter, and Lazarus. 6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he

abode two days still in the same place where he was (c). 7

Then after that faith he to his disciples, Let us go 8 into Judea again. " His disciples say unto him, Mal

ter, the Jews of late fought to stone thee; and goest 9 thou thither again ?. Jesus answered, Are there not

twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the

day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of 10 this world (d). But if a man walk in the night, he 11 stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These

things faid he : and after that, he faith unto them,

Our friend Lazarus fleepeth; but I go, that I may 12 awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, 13 Lord, if he fleep, he mall do well. Howbeit Jesus

fpake of his death: but they thought that he had. 14 spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus

(a) As described Chap. xii. 3.

16) Whatever be the end of this fickness, it will not be to death in the common course : but God, who is the giver of life, can restore it at any time, and in any manner he thinks fit, for his own glory, and that of his Son.

(c) He did not go immediately, but waited until Lazarus had been dead some days, that the miracle of his resurrection might be the more conspicuous and undeniable.

(d) See Matt. xx. 6.

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15 unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad

for your fakes, that I was not there (to the intent (e)

ye may believe); nevertheless, let us go unto him. 16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus (f),

unto his fellow-disciples, Let us also go, that we may 17 die with him. Then when Jesus came, he found that 18 he had lien in the grave four days already. (Now

Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen fur19 longs off.) And many of the Jews came to Martha

and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as the heard that Jesus was

coming, went and met him: but Mary fat fill in the 21 house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou 22 hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I

know, that, even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of 23 God, God will give it thee. Jesus faith unto her, 24 Thy brother shall rise again. Martha faith unto him, 25 I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at

the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrec26 tion and the life (8); he that believeth in me, though

he were dead, yet shall he live; And whosoever 27 liveth, and believeth in me, shall (b) never die. Be

lieve it thou this? She faith unto him, Yea, Lord:

I believe that thou art the Christ the Son of God, 28 which should come into the world (ö). And when she

had so faid, she went her way, and called Mary her

fifter secretly, saying, The Master is come, and call29 eth for thee. As soon as the heard that, she arose

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(@) To the intent that your faith may be the better confirmed, by the miracle you will see me perform on him.

(f) Thomas in Hebrew, as Didymus doth in Greek, fignifies a Twin,

(g) I have power to raise up the dead, and to give them life now, as well as at the last day,

(h) Though he die on earth, yet shall he live hereafter: and when he is entered on that future state, he cannot die any more, Luke XX. 36. but shall live for ever. (i) Who was foretold by the prophets.

quickly 30 quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not

yet conie into the town, but was in that place where 31 Martha met him. The Jews then which were with

her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw 32 Mary that the rose up haftily, and went out, follow

ed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave, to weep

there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus 33 was, and saw him, fhe fell down at his feet, saying

unto him, Lord, if thou hadft been here, my brother 34 had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weep

ing, and the Jews allo weeping which came with 35 her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And

said, Where have ye laid him? They say unto him ; 36 Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then faid the 37 Jews, Behold, how he loved him! And some of

ihem faid, Could not this man, which opened the

eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man 38 should not have died? Jefus therefore again groaning

in himself (k), cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and 39 a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the

stone. Martha, the fifter of him that was dead, faith

unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath 40 been dead four days. Jesus faith unto her, Said I

not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou 41 shouldest see the glory of God (1)? 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 42 thee that thou hast heard me. 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 43 haft fent me (m). And when he had thus spoken, he 44 cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he

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(k) On account of the perverseness and incredulity of the Jews,

(?) Do you so soon forget what I told you? I will restore your brother to life. Verse 23.

(111) He thanks God for having heard his request, that the people who Rood by might be convinced of his divine power.

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that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes : and his face was bound about with a

napkin. Jesus faith unto them, Loose him, and let 45 him go.

Then many of the fews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, be46 lieved on him. But fomne of them went their ways

to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had

done. 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees

a council, and faid, What do we (x)? for this man 48 doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all

men will believe on bim (o); and the Romans shall

come and take away both our place (p) and nation. 49 Andone of them ra:ned Caiaphas, being the high-priest

that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at 50 all; Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that

one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of

himself: but being high-priest that year, he prophe52 fied that (9) Jesus should die for that nation: And

not for that nation only, but that also he should ga

ther together in one, the children of God, that were 53 scattered abroad. Then from that day forth, they 54 took counsel together for to put him to death. Jesus

therefore walked no more openly among the Jews ; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued

with his disciples. 55 And the Jews paffover was nigh at hand: and ma

ny went out of the country up to Jerusalem before (n) We are not active enough to prevent the impression that his miracles must needs make upon the people. () And, being his disciples

, they will make him their king, which will provoke the Romans to destroy us.

() The temple is called the holy place. Afts vi. 13.

(q) The divine providence la directing his words, as to make them prophetick of the facrifice of Chrill's death, though they were spoken by Caiaphas in a politick and worldly fense only.

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56 the passover, to purify themselves (r). Then souglit

they for Jefus, and spake among themselves, as they

stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not 57 come to the feast? Now both the chief priests and the

Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any
man knew where he were, he should thew it, that
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* THEN Jefus, fix days before the paslover, came

to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been 2 dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they

made him a supper (a), and Martha served: but La

zarus was one of them that fat at the table with him. 3

Then took Mary a pound of ointment, of spikenard,
very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped

his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with 4 the odour of the ointment. Then faith one of his

disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's fon, which should 5 betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for 6 three hundred pence (6), and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor ; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was

put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against 8 the day of my burying (c) hath she kept this. For

the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have

not always. 9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he

was there: and they came, not for Jesus' fake only,

(r) Either from some defilement, or by reason of fome yow. See Acts xxi. 23.

(a) In the house of Simon the leper. Matt. xxvi. 6. (6) See Mark xiv. 5. Note.

(c) See Matt. xxvi. 12. My burial is near at hand, and this good work is conveniently done against that occasion.

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