The Death of Lazarus
1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2(This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
11After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
12His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16Then Thomas (also known as Didymus11:16 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin.) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus
17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was less than two miles11:18 Or about 3 kilometers from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
28After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34“Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
36Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39“Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
The Plot to Kill Jesus
45Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.
“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
49Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
51He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
54Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
55When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 56They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” 57But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.
1Ɔbarima bi tenaa ase wɔ Betania a na wɔfrɛ no Lasaro. Betania yi yɛ kurow a na Maria ne ne nua Marta fi mu. Da bi, saa ɔbarima yi yaree. 2Saa Maria yi a ne nuabarima ne Lasaro a na ɔyare no na ohwiee ngo guu Awurade nan ase de ne tinwi pepae no. 3Anuanom yi soma kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Awurade, wo dɔfo no yare.”
4Yesu tee nkra no ɔkae se, “Ɛnyɛ saa ɔyare yi na ebekum Lasaro. Mmom Onyankopɔn pɛ sɛ ɔfa saa ɔyare yi so hyɛ ne ho anuonyam, na saa anuonyam yi bi nso ka Onipa Ba no.” 5Na Yesu pɛ Maria ne ne nuabea Marta ne Lasaro asɛm yiye. 6Bere a Yesu tee nkra sɛ Lasaro yare denneennen no wankɔ saa bere no ara mu; ɔtenaa hɔ nnaanu. 7Afei ɔka kyerɛɛ nʼasuafo no se, “Momma yɛnsan nkɔ Yudea.”
8Nanso asuafo no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Kyerɛkyerɛfo, ɛnkyɛe biara na Yudafo no pɛɛ sɛ wosiw wo abo na afei wuse yɛnsan nkɔ hɔ bio yi?”
9Yesu kae se, “Nnɔnhwerew dumien na ɛwɔ da koro mu, meboa ana? Ɛno nti sɛ obi nam hann mu a ɔrenhintiw, efisɛ ɔnam wiase hann mu. 10Nanso sɛ ɔnam anadwo sum mu a obehintiw, efisɛ ɔnam sum mu.”
11Yesu san kae se, “Yɛn adamfo Lasaro ada na merekɔ akonyan no.”
12Asuafo no ka kyerɛɛ Yesu se, “Awurade, sɛ wada de a ɛno de, na ne ho bɛtɔ no.” 13Na Yesu kyerɛ sɛ Lasaro awu nanso asuafo no de, na wosusuw sɛ nna ara na wada.
14Ɛno nti Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn pefee se, “Lasaro awu; 15nanso mo nti ɛyɛ me anigye sɛ na minni hɔ sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubegye adi. Momma yɛnkɔ ne nkyɛn.”
16Toma a wɔfrɛ no Ata no ka kyerɛɛ ne mfɛfo asuafo no se, “Momma yɛne Kyerɛkyerɛfo no nyinaa nkɔ na yɛne no nkowu.”
Lasaro Wu Ne Ne Sie
17Yesu duu Betania no na Lasaro awu ama wɔasie no ma adi nnaanan. 18Efi Betania rekɔ Yerusalem no nnu akwansin abien, 19na saa bere no na Yudafo bebree aba Marta ne Maria nkyɛn sɛ wɔrebegyam wɔn wɔ wɔn nua no wu no ho. 20Marta tee sɛ Yesu reba no, ofii adi kohyiaa no, na Maria de, ɔtenaa fie.
21Marta ka kyerɛɛ Yesu se, “Ao, Awurade, sɛ wowɔ ha a anka me nua no anwu! 22Minim mpo sɛ saa bere yi mu biribiara a wubebisa Onyankopɔn sɛ ɔnyɛ mma wo no ɔbɛyɛ.”
23Yesu ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wo nua no bɛsan anya nkwa bio.”
24Marta buaa no se, “Awurade, minim sɛ owusɔre da no ɔno nso bɛsɔre.”
25Yesu ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Me na minyan awufo ma wɔn nkwa. Obiara a ogye me di no sɛ wawu mpo a ɔbɛsan anya nkwa. 26Na obiara a ɔte ase na ogye me di no renwu da. Wugye eyi di ana?”
27Marta buae se, “Awurade, migye midi. Migye di sɛ wone Kristo Agyenkwa a ɔne Onyankopɔn Ba a ɔreba wiase no.”
Yesu Su Lasaro
28Marta kaa saa asɛm yi wiee no, ɔkɔfrɛɛ ne nua Maria de no kɔɔ kokoa mu ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Kyerɛkyerɛfo no aba na wabisa wo ase.” 29Maria tee saa asɛm yi no ɔyɛɛ ntɛm kohyiaa Yesu. 30Saa bere no na Yesu mmeduu akuraa no ase hɔ ɛ. Na ɔda so wɔ faako a Marta hyiaa no hɔ no. 31Bere a Yudafo a wɔne Maria wɔ fie hɔ regyam no no huu sɛ wasɔre mpofirim refi adi no wodii nʼakyi, efisɛ na wosusuw sɛ ɔrekɔ da no so akosu.
32Maria duu faako a Yesu wɔ no, ɔkotow ne nan ase kae se, “Ao Awurade, sɛ wowɔ ha a anka me nua no anwu.”
33Yesu huu sɛ Maria ne Yudafo a wɔka ne ho no resu no, ɛhaw no yiye na ne werɛ howee. 34Obisaa wɔn se, “Ɛhe na musiee no?”
Wobuaa no se, “Awurade, bra na yɛnkɔkyerɛ wo.”
36Yudafo no huu sɛ ɔresu no wɔkae se, “Eyi kyerɛ ɔdɔ a ɔde dɔ no.”
37Wɔn mu bi kae se, “Onipa a ɔmaa onifuraefo huu ade no munnnye nni sɛ anka obetumi agye Lasaro nkwa ana?”
Yesu Nyan Lasaro Fi Awufo Mu
38Asɛm a nkurɔfo no kaa no maa Yesu werɛ howee. Afei ɔkɔɔ ɔda a wɔde ɔbo ahini ano no so. 39Yesu hyɛɛ wɔn se, “Munyi ɔbo a ehini ɔda no ano no.”
Marta a ɔyɛ owufo no nuabea no kae se, “Awurade, ɛbɛyɛ nnaanan ni a wosiee no nti saa bere yi de, ɔbɔn.”
40Yesu ka kyerɛɛ Marta se, “Manka ankyerɛ wo se sɛ wugye di a wubehu Onyankopɔn anuonyam?”
41Woyii ɔbo no fii ɔda no ano. Afei Yesu hwɛɛ ɔsoro, bɔɔ mpae se, “Agya, meda wo ase sɛ wutie me. 42Minim sɛ wutie me daa nyinaa nanso esiane nnipa a wɔwɔ ha nti na mereka eyi sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobegye adi sɛ wo na wosomaa me.”
43Ɔkaa eyi wiee no, ɔteɛɛ mu dennen se, “Lasaro, sɔre bra!” 44Lasaro sɔre bae a ntama a wɔde kyekyeree ne nsa ne ne nan ne nʼanim no da so kyekyere no.
Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Monsan ne ho ntama no na ɔnkɔ.”
Yudafo Bɔ Yesu Ho Pɔw
45Yudafo a wɔbɛsraa Maria na wohuu nea Yesu yɛe no mu bebree gyee no dii. 46Na wɔn mu bi nso kɔɔ Farisifo no hɔ kɔkaa nea esii no nyinaa kyerɛɛ wɔn.
47Enti Farisifo no ne asɔfo mpanyin no hyiaa baguafo no kae se, “Dɛn na yɛreyɛ? Monhwɛ anwonwade a saa onipa yi reyɛ! 48Sɛ yɛma ɔkɔ so yɛ nea ɔreyɛ yi a, nnipa nyinaa begye no adi na wɔadi nʼakyi. Sɛ ɛba saa a Roma aban bebisa yɛn asɛm na wasɛe yɛn asɔredan ne ɔman mu yi nyinaa.”
49Kaiafa a saa bere no na ɔyɛ ɔsɔfopanyin no kae se, “Mo de munnim hwee! 50Munnim sɛ eye ma mo sɛ onipa baako bewu ama nnipa no nyinaa sen sɛ wɔbɛsɛe ɔman mu no nyinaa?”
51Emfi ɔno ankasa ne tumi mu na ɔkaa saa asɛm yi, efisɛ esiane sɛ na ɔyɛ ɔsɔfopanyin saa bere no nti na ɔhyɛɛ nkɔm se, “Yesu bewu de agye mo nkwa,” 52na ɛnyɛ wɔn nko, na mmom ɛnam eyi so bɛma Onyankopɔn mma a wɔabɔ ahwete no nyinaa ano aboa na wɔayɛ ɔman baako. 53Efi saa bere no, Yudafo mpanyin no faa adwene sɛ wobekum Yesu.
54Eyi nti Yesu anyi ne ho adi wɔ Yudea, na ofii hɔ kɔɔ sare so kurow bi a wɔfrɛ no Efraim ne nʼasuafo no kɔtenaa hɔ.
55Na Yudafo Twam Afahyɛ no rebɛn nti nnipa pii fii wɔn nkuraa kɔɔ Yerusalem sɛ wɔrekodwira wɔn ho de atwɛn afahyɛ no. 56Na wɔrehwehwɛ Yesu ahu no. Ɛno nti woduu asɔredan mu hɔ no, wobisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho se, “Mugye di sɛ Yesu bɛba afahyɛ yi bi ana?” Ebinom kae se, “Yennye nni.” 57Saa bere yi na asɔfo mpanyin ne Farisifo no ahyɛ sɛ, sɛ obi nim faako a Yesu wɔ a, ɔnkyerɛ na wɔnkɔkyere no.