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 kuro a na Maria ne ne nua Marta firi mu. Ɛda bi, saa ɔbarima yi yareeɛ. 2Saa Maria yi a ne nuabarima ne Lasaro a na ɔyare no, ɔno na ɔhwiee ngo guu Awurade nan ase de ne tirinwi pepaeɛ no. 3Anuanom yi soma kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Awurade, wo dɔfoɔ no yare.”
4Yesu tee nkra no, ɔkaa sɛ, “Ɛnyɛ saa yadeɛ yi na ɛbɛkum Lasaro. Mmom, Onyankopɔn pɛ sɛ ɔfa saa yadeɛ yi so hyɛ ne ho animuonyam, na saa animuonyam yi bi nso ka Onipa Ba no.” 5Na Yesu pɛ Maria ne ne nuabaa Marta ne Lasaro asɛm yie. 6Ɛberɛ a Yesu tee nkra sɛ Lasaro yare dendeenden no, wankɔ saa ɛberɛ no ara mu; ɔtenaa hɔ nnanu. 7Afei, ɔka kyerɛɛ nʼasuafoɔ no sɛ, “Momma yɛnsane nkɔ Yudea.”
8Nanso, asuafoɔ no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ, ɛnkyɛree biara na Yudafoɔ no pɛɛ sɛ wɔsi wo aboɔ ɛnna afei wose yɛnsane nkɔ hɔ bio yi?”
9Yesu kaa sɛ, “Nnɔnhwere dumienu na ɛwɔ da koro mu, meboa anaa? Ɛno enti, sɛ obi nam hann mu a, ɔrensunti, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔnam ewiase hann mu. 10Nanso, sɛ ɔnam anadwo sum mu a, ɔbɛsunti, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔnam sum mu.”
11Yesu sane kaa sɛ, “Yɛn adamfo Lasaro ada na merekɔ akɔnyane no.”
12Asuafoɔ no ka kyerɛɛ Yesu sɛ, “Awurade, sɛ wada deɛ a, ɛnneɛ na ne ho bɛtɔ no.” 13Na Yesu kyerɛ sɛ Lasaro awu, nanso asuafoɔ no deɛ, na wɔsusu sɛ nna ara na wada.
14Ɛno enti, Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn pefee sɛ, “Lasaro awu; 15nanso mo enti, ɛyɛ me anigye sɛ na menni hɔ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛgye adi. Momma yɛnkɔ ne nkyɛn.”
16Toma a wɔfrɛ no Ata no ka kyerɛɛ ne mfɛfoɔ asuafoɔ no sɛ, “Momma yɛne Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ no nyinaa nkɔ na yɛne no nkɔwu.”
Lasaro Owuo Ne Ne Sie
17Yesu duruu Betania no, na Lasaro awu ma wɔasie no ma adi nnanan. 18Ɛfiri Betania rekɔ Yerusalem no nnuru akwansini mmienu, 19na saa ɛberɛ no, na Yudafoɔ bebree aba Marta ne Maria nkyɛn sɛ wɔrebɛgyam wɔn wɔ wɔn nua no wuo no ho. 20Marta tee sɛ Yesu reba no, ɔfirii adi kɔhyiaa no, na Maria deɛ, ɔtenaa efie.
21Marta ka kyerɛɛ Yesu sɛ, “Ao, Awurade, sɛ wowɔ ha a, anka me nua no anwu! 22Menim mpo sɛ saa ɛberɛ yi mu biribiara a wobɛbisa Onyankopɔn sɛ ɔnyɛ mma wo no, ɔbɛyɛ.”
23Yesu ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Wo nua no bɛsane anya nkwa bio.”
24Marta buaa no sɛ, “Awurade, menim sɛ owusɔreɛ da no ɔno nso bɛsɔre.”
25Yesu ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Me na menyane awufoɔ ma wɔn nkwa. Obiara a ɔgye me di no, sɛ wawu mpo a, ɔbɛsane anya nkwa. 26Na obiara a ɔte ase na ɔgye me di no, renwu da. Wogye yei di anaa?”
27Marta buaa sɛ, “Awurade, megye medi. Megye medi sɛ wone Kristo Agyenkwa a ɔne Onyankopɔn Ba a ɔreba ewiase no.”
Yesu Su Lasaro
28Marta kaa saa asɛm yi wieeɛ no, ɔkɔfrɛɛ ne nua Maria de no kɔɔ kɔkoam ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ no aba na wabisa wʼase.” 29Maria tee saa asɛm yi no, ɔyɛɛ ntɛm kɔhyiaa Yesu. 30Saa ɛberɛ no na Yesu mmɛduruu akuraa no ase hɔ. Na ɔda so wɔ faako a Marta hyiaa no hɔ no. 31Ɛberɛ a Yudafoɔ a wɔwɔ efie hɔ regyam Maria no hunuu sɛ wasɔre ɔherɛ so refiri adi no, wɔdii nʼakyi, ɛfiri sɛ, na wɔsusu sɛ ɔrekɔ da no so akɔsu.
32Maria duruu faako a Yesu wɔ no, ɔtotoo ne nan ase kaa sɛ, “Ao, Awurade, sɛ wowɔ ha, a anka me nua no anwu.”
33Yesu hunuu sɛ Maria ne Yudafoɔ a wɔka ne ho no resu no, ɛhaa no yie na ne werɛ hoeɛ. 34Ɔbisaa wɔn sɛ, “Ɛhe na mosiee no?”
Wɔbuaa no sɛ, “Awurade, bra na yɛnkɔkyerɛ wo.”
36Yudafoɔ no hunuu sɛ ɔresu no, wɔkaa sɛ, “Yei kyerɛ ɔdɔ a ɔde dɔ no.”
37Wɔn mu bi kaa sɛ, “Onipa a ɔmaa onifirani hunuu adeɛ no, monnnye nni sɛ anka ɔbɛtumi agye Lasaro nkwa anaa?”
Yesu Nyane Lasaro Firi Awufoɔ Mu
38Asɛm a nkurɔfoɔ no kaeɛ no maa Yesu werɛ hoeɛ. Afei, ɔkɔɔ ɛda a wɔde ɛboɔ ahini ano no so. 39Yesu hyɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Monyi ɛboɔ a ɛhini ɛda no ano no.”
Marta a ɔyɛ owufoɔ no nuabaa no kaa sɛ, “Awurade, ɛbɛyɛ nna ɛnan ni a yɛbɛsiee no enti saa ɛberɛ yi deɛ, ɛbɔn.”
40Yesu ka kyerɛɛ Marta sɛ, “Manka ankyerɛ wo sɛ, sɛ wogye di a wobɛhunu Onyankopɔn animuonyam?”
41Wɔyii ɛboɔ no firii ɛda no ano. Afei, Yesu hwɛɛ ɛsoro, bɔɔ mpaeɛ sɛ, “Agya, meda wo ase sɛ wotie me. 42Menim sɛ wotie me daa nyinaa, nanso ɛsiane nnipa a wɔwɔ ha enti na mereka yei sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, wɔbɛgye adi sɛ wo na wosomaa me.”
43Ɔkaa yei wieeɛ no, ɔteaam denden sɛ, “Lasaro, sɔre bra!” 44Lasaro sɔre baeɛ a ntoma a wɔde kyekyeree ne nsa ne ne nan ne nʼanim no da so kyekyere no.
Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Monsane ne ho ntoma no na ɔnkɔ.”
Yudafoɔ Bɔ Yesu Ho Pɔ
45Yudafoɔ a wɔbɛsraa Maria na wɔhunuu deɛ Yesu yɛeɛ no mu bebree gyee no diiɛ. 46Na wɔn mu bi nso kɔɔ Farisifoɔ no hɔ kɔkaa deɛ ɛsiiɛ no nyinaa kyerɛɛ wɔn.
47Enti Farisifoɔ no ne asɔfoɔ mpanin no hyiaa badwafoɔ no kaa sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na yɛnyɛ? Monhwɛ anwanwadeɛ a saa onipa yi reyɛ! 48Sɛ yɛma ɔkɔ so yɛ deɛ ɔreyɛ yi a, nnipa nyinaa bɛgye no adi na wɔadi nʼakyi. Sɛ ɛba saa a, Roma aban bɛbisa yɛn asɛm na wasɛe yɛn asɔredan ne ɔman mu yi nyinaa.”
49Kaiafa a saa ɛberɛ no na ɔyɛ ɔsɔfopanin no kaa sɛ, “Mo deɛ, monnim hwee! 50Monnim sɛ ɛyɛ ma mo sɛ onipa baako bɛwu ama nnipa no nyinaa sene sɛ wɔbɛsɛe ɔman mu no nyinaa?”
51Ɛmfiri ɔno ankasa ne tumi mu na ɔkaa saa asɛm yi, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛsiane sɛ na ɔyɛ ɔsɔfopanin saa ɛberɛ no enti na ɔhyɛɛ nkɔm sɛ, “Yesu bɛwu de agye mo nkwa,” 52na ɛnyɛ wɔn nko, na mmom, ɛnam yei so bɛma Onyankopɔn mma a wɔabɔ ahwete no nyinaa ano aboa, na wɔayɛ ɔman baako. 53Ɛfiri saa ɛberɛ no, Yudafoɔ mpanin no faa adwene sɛ wɔbɛkum Yesu.
54Yei enti, Yesu anyi ne ho adi wɔ Yudea, na ɔfirii hɔ kɔɔ ɛserɛ so kuro bi a wɔfrɛ no Efraim ne nʼasuafoɔ no kɔtenaa hɔ.
55Na Yudafoɔ Twam Afahyɛ no rebɛn enti nnipa pii fifirii wɔn nkuraaseɛ kɔɔ Yerusalem sɛ wɔrekɔdwira wɔn ho de atwɛn afahyɛ no. 56Na wɔrehwehwɛ Yesu ahunu no. Ɛno enti, wɔduruu asɔredan mu hɔ no, wɔbisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho sɛ, “Mogye di sɛ Yesu bɛba afahyɛ yi bi anaa?” Ebinom kaa sɛ, “Yɛnnye nni.” 57Saa ɛberɛ yi na asɔfoɔ mpanin ne Farisifoɔ no ahyɛ sɛ, sɛ obi nim baabi a Yesu wɔ a, ɔnkyerɛ na wɔnkɔkye no.