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.
Imfa ndi Kuukitsidwa kwa Lazaro
1Tsopano munthu wina dzina lake Lazaro anadwala. Iye anali wa ku Betaniya, mudzi wa Mariya ndi mchemwali wake Marita. 2Mariyayo ndi yemwe uja amene anadzoza Ambuye ndi mafuta onunkhira napukuta mapazi ake ndi tsitsi lake. Lazaro wodwalayo anali mlongo wake. 3Choncho alongo ake anatumiza mawu kwa Yesu kuti, “Ambuye, uja amene Inu mumamukonda akudwala.”
4Atamva izi, Yesu anati, “Kudwalako safa nako. Koma akudwala kuti Mulungu alemekezedwe; ndi kuti Mwana wa Mulungu alemekezedwe chifukwa cha matendawo.” 5Yesu anakonda Marita, mchemwali wake ndi Lazaro. 6Koma atamva kuti Lazaro akudwala, Iye anakhalabe kumene anali masiku ena awiri.
7Kenaka anati kwa ophunzira ake, “Tiyeni tibwerere ku Yudeya.”
8Ophunzira akewo anati, “Rabi, posachedwa pomwepa Ayuda anafuna kukugendani ndi miyala, koma Inu mukupitanso komweko?”
9Yesu anayankha kuti, “Kodi sipali maora khumi ndi awiri pa tsiku? Munthu amene amayenda masana sapunthwa, popeza akuona chifukwa cha kuwala kwa dziko lapansi. 10Koma amene akuyenda usiku amapunthwa, chifukwa kuwalako alibe.”
11Iye atatha kunena izi, anapitirira kuwawuza iwo kuti, “Bwenzi lathu Lazaro wagona tulo; koma Ine ndikupita kumeneko kukamudzutsa.”
12Ophunzira ake anayankha kuti, “Ambuye, ngati wagona adzapeza bwino.” 13Yesu ankayankhula za imfa yake koma ophunzira ake ankaganiza kuti amanena za tulo chabe.
14Ndipo kenaka anawawuza momveka kuti, “Lazaro wamwalira. 15Ine ndikukondwera chifukwa cha inu kuti kunalibe kumeneko; koma kuti mukakhulupirire tiyeni tipiteko.”
16Pamenepo Tomasi, wotchedwa Didimo, anati kwa ophunzira anzake, “Tiyeni nafenso tipite, kuti tikafere naye pamodzi.”
Yesu Atonthoza Alongo a Lazaro
17Yesu atafika, anapeza kuti Lazaro anali atagona mʼmanda masiku anayi. 18Mudzi wa Betaniya unali pafupi ndi Yerusalemu pa mtunda wosachepera makilomita atatu, 19ndipo Ayuda ambiri anabwera kwa Marita ndi Mariya kudzawatonthoza pa imfa ya mʼbale wawo. 20Pamene Marita anamva kuti Yesu akubwera, anapita kukakumana naye. Koma Mariya anatsala ku nyumba.
21Marita anati kwa Yesu, “Ambuye, mukanakhala muli kuno, mlongo wanga sakanamwalira. 22Koma ine ndikudziwa kuti ngakhale tsopano Mulungu adzakupatsani chilichonse chimene mudzamupempha.”
23Yesu anati kwa iye, “Mlongo wako adzauka.”
24Marita anayankha kuti, “Ine ndikudziwa kuti adzauka pa kuukanso pa tsiku lomaliza.”
25Yesu anati kwa iye, “Ine ndine kuuka ndi moyo. Wokhulupirira Ine, angakhale amwalira adzakhala ndi moyo. 26Aliyense amene ali ndi moyo ndi kukhulupirira Ine sadzamwalira. Kodi iwe ukukhulupirira izi?”
27Marita anamuwuza Iye kuti, “Inde Ambuye, ine ndikukhulupirira kuti ndinu Khristu, Mwana wa Mulungu, amene abwera mʼdziko lapansi.”
28Ndipo iye atanena izi anabwerera ndi kukayitana mchemwali wake Mariya namuyankhula monongʼona pambali, nati, “Aphunzitsi abwera ndipo akukuyitana.” 29Mariya atamva izi, anayimirira mofulumira napita kwa Iye. 30Tsopano nʼkuti Yesu asanalowe mʼmudzi, koma anali akanali pa malo pamene Marita anakumana naye. 31Ayuda amene ankamutonthoza Mariya mʼnyumba, anaona mmene iye anayimira mofulumira ndi kutuluka kunja, iwo anamutsata akuganizira kuti ankapita ku manda kukalirira kumeneko.
32Mariya anafika pamalo pamene panali Yesu ndipo atamuona, anagwa pa mapazi ake ndipo anati, “Ambuye mukanakhala muli kuno mlongo wanga sakanamwalira.”
33Yesu ataona iye akulira, ndi Ayuda amene anabwera naye akuliranso, anakhudzidwa kwambiri ndi kuvutika mu mzimu. 34Iye anafunsa kuti, “Kodi mwamuyika kuti?”
Iwo anayankha kuti, “Ambuye tiyeni mukaone.”
36Pamenepo Ayuda anati, “Taonani mmene Iye anamukondera Lazaro!”
37Koma ena a iwo anati, “Iye amatsekula maso a munthu wosaona, kodi sakanakhoza kuletsa kuti munthu uyu asamwalire?”
Yesu Aukitsa Lazaro
38Yesu atakhudzidwanso kwambiri anafika ku manda. Manda akewo anali phanga ndipo anatsekapo ndi mwala. 39Yesu anati, “Chotsani mwala.”
Marita mlongo wa womwalirayo anati, “Koma Ambuye, nthawi ino wayamba kununkha, pakuti wakhala mʼmenemu masiku anayi.”
40Kenaka Yesu anati, “Kodi Ine sindinakuwuze kuti ngati iwe ukhulupirira, udzaona ulemerero wa Mulungu?”
41Choncho iwo anachotsa mwalawo. Kenaka Yesu anayangʼana kumwamba ndikuti, “Atate, Ine ndikukuthokozani chifukwa mumandimvera. 42Ine ndimadziwa kuti Inu mumandimvera nthawi zonse, koma Ine ndanena izi chifukwa cha anthu amene ayima pano, kuti iwo akhulupirire kuti Inu munandituma Ine.”
43Yesu atanena izi, Iye anayitana ndi mawu ofuwula kuti, “Lazaro, tuluka!” 44Munthu womwalirayo anatuluka, womangidwa miyendo ndi manja ndi nsalu za ku manda, ndi nkhope yake yokulungidwa nsalu.
Yesu anawawuza kuti, “Mʼmasuleni, ndipo muloleni apite.”
Ayuda Apangana za Kupha Yesu
45Choncho Ayuda ambiri amene anabwera kudzamuchereza Mariya ndi kuona zimene Yesu anachita anamukhulupirira Iye. 46Koma ena a iwo anapita kwa Afarisi ndi kukawawuza zimene Yesu anachita. 47Kenaka akulu a ansembe ndi Afarisi anayitanitsa msonkhano wa akulu olamulira.
Iwo anafunsa kuti, “Kodi ife tikuchita chiyani? Pano pali munthu uyu akuchita zizindikiro zodabwitsa zambiri. 48Ngati ife timuleka kuti apitirize chotere, aliyense adzamukhulupirira Iye, ndipo kenaka Aroma adzabwera ndi kudzatenga malo athu pamodzi ndi dziko lathu.”
49Kenaka mmodzi wa iwo, dzina lake Kayafa, amene anali mkulu wa ansembe chaka chimenecho, anayankhula kuti, “Inu simukudziwa kanthu kalikonse! 50Inu simukuzindikira kuti kuli bwino kwa inu kuti munthu mmodzi afe mʼmalo mwa anthu kusiyana ndi kuti mtundu wonse uwonongeke.”
51Iye sananene izi mwa iye yekha, koma monga mkulu wa ansembe chaka chimenecho ananenera kuti Yesu anayanera kufera mtundu wa Ayuda, 52ndipo osati mtundu okhawo komanso kwa ana ena a Mulungu onse obalalikana, kuti awabweretse pamodzi ndi kuwapanga kukhala amodzi. 53Choncho kuyambira tsiku limeneli iwo anakonzekera za kuti amuphe.
54Chifukwa cha ichi Yesu sanayendenso moonekera pakati pa Ayuda. Mʼmalo mwake Iye anapita ku chigawo cha kufupi ndi chipululu, ku mudzi wa Efereimu, kumene Iye anakhalako ndi ophunzira ake.
55Nthawi ya Paska wa Ayuda itayandikira, ambiri anakwera kupita ku Yerusalemu kuchokera ku madera a ku midzi chifukwa cha mwambo wa kuyeretsedwa Paska asanafike. 56Iwo anapitiriza kumufunafuna Yesu, ndipo pamene ankayimirira mʼbwalo la Nyumba ya Mulungu anafunsana wina ndi mnzake kuti, “Kodi ukuganiza chiyani? Kodi Iye sabwera konse kuphwando?” 57Koma akulu a ansembe ndi Afarisi anapereka lamulo kuti ngati wina aliyense adziwe kumene kunali Yesu, iye akawawuze kuti akamugwire.