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.
Okufa kwa Laazaalo
111:1 a Mat 21:17 b Luk 10:38Awo olwatuuka omuntu ayitibwa Laazaalo eyali e Besaniya n’alwala. Besaniya ky’ekibuga Maliyamu ne Maliza bannyina ba Laazaalo mwe baali. 211:2 Mak 14:3; Luk 7:38Maliyamu oyo ye yasiiga Mukama waffe amafuta ag’akaloosa ku bigere n’abisiimuuza enviiri ze. 311:3 nny 5, 36Awo Maliyamu ne Maliza ne batumira Yesu ne bamutegeeza nti, “Mukama waffe, mukwano gwo gw’oyagala ennyo mulwadde nnyo.”
411:4 nny 40; Yk 9:3Naye Yesu bwe yakitegeera n’agamba nti, “Ekigendereddwa mu bulwadde buno si kufa, wabula kulaga kitiibwa kya Katonda, era n’okuweesa Omwana wa Katonda ekitiibwa.” 5Yesu yali mukwano gwa Maliyamu ne Maliza ne Laazaalo, naye bwe yawulira nga Laazaalo alwadde n’ayongera n’asigala we yali 6n’amalawo ennaku endala bbiri nga tanagenda gye bali. 711:7 Yk 10:40Awo ennaku bbiri bwe zaayitawo n’agamba abayigirizwa be nti, “Tuddeyo e Buyudaaya.”
811:8 a Mat 23:7 b Yk 8:59; 10:31Kyokka abayigirizwa be, ne bamugamba nti, “Labbi, mu nnaku ntono ezaakayita Abayudaaya baagezaako okukutta. Ate gy’odda?”
911:9 Yk 9:4; 12:35Yesu n’abaddamu nti, “Essaawa ez’emisana ziwera kkumi na bbiri, era omuntu bw’atambula emisana teyeesittala kubanga aba alaba. 10Wabula atambula ekiro ye yeesittala, kubanga omusana teguli mu ye.”
1111:11 a nny 3 b Bik 7:60Bwe yamala okwogera ebyo n’abagamba nti, “Mukwano gwaffe Laazaalo yeebase, naye ŋŋenda kumuzuukusa.”
12Abayigirizwa ne bamugamba nti, “Mukama waffe oba yeebase anaazuukuka.” 1311:13 Mat 9:24Naye Yesu yayogera ku kufa kwa Laazaalo, kyokka bo abayigirizwa be ne balowooza nti ayogera ku kwebaka tulo.
14Awo n’alyoka abategeereza ddala nti, “Laazaalo afudde. 15Naye ku lw’obulungi bwammwe, nsanyuse kubanga ssaaliyo, mulyoke mukkirize; kale mujje tugende gy’ali.”
1611:16 Mat 10:3; Yk 14:5; 20:24-28; 21:2; Bik 1:13Awo Tomasi eyayitibwanga Didumo11:16 Didumo okutegeeza nti mulongo n’agamba banne nti, “Ka tugende tufiire wamu naye.”
1711:17 nny 6, 39Bwe baatuuka e Besaniya Yesu n’asanga nga Laazaalo yaakamala ennaku nnya mu ntaana. 1811:18 nny 1Besaniya kyali kumpi ne Yerusaalemi, kilomita nga ssatu. 1911:19 nny 31; Yob 2:11Abayudaaya bangi baali bazze okukubagiza Maliza ne Maliyamu olw’okufiirwa mwannyinaabwe. 2011:20 Luk 10:38-42Maliza bwe yawulira nti Yesu ajja, n’agenda okumusisinkana, kyokka Maliyamu n’asigala mu nnyumba ng’atudde. 2111:21 nny 32, 37Awo Maliza n’agamba Yesu nti, “Mukama wange, singa wali wano mwannyinaze teyandifudde. 2211:22 nny 41, 42; Yk 9:31Era kaakano mmanyi nti buli ky’onoosaba Katonda, ajja kukikuwa.”
23Yesu n’agamba Maliza nti, “Mwannyoko ajja kuzuukira.”
2411:24 Dan 12:2; Yk 5:28, 29; Bik 24:15Maliza n’amuddamu nti, “Mmanyi nti alizuukira ku lunaku olw’enkomerero.”
2511:25 Yk 1:4Yesu n’amugamba nti, “Nze kuzuukira n’obulamu; akkiriza nze newaakubadde ng’afudde, aliba mulamu, 26na buli muntu omulamu akkiriza nze talifa emirembe n’emirembe. Ekyo okikkiriza?”
2711:27 a Luk 2:11 b Mat 16:16 c Yk 6:14Maliza n’amugamba nti, “Mukama wange nzikiriza nti ggwe Kristo Omwana wa Katonda, ajja mu nsi.”
2811:28 Mat 26:18; Yk 13:13Awo Maliza bwe yamala okwogera ebyo, n’ava eri Yesu n’agenda eri Maliyamu n’amuzza ku bbali mu kyama ng’agamba nti, “Omuyigiriza azze, akuyita.” 29Maliyamu olwawulira ekyo n’asitukiramu n’agenda eri Yesu. 3011:30 nny 20Yesu yali akyali mu kifo Maliza we yamusisinkana nga tannatuuka mu kibuga. 3111:31 nny 19Abayudaaya abaali bazze okukubagiza abaali mu nnyumba ne Maliyamu bwe baamulaba ng’ayimiridde mangu ng’afuluma ne bamugoberera ne balowooza nti agenda ku ntaana akaabire eyo.
3211:32 nny 21Maliyamu bwe yatuuka awali Yesu n’afukamira ku bigere bye, nga bw’agamba nti, “Mukama wange, singa wali wano mwannyinaze teyandifudde.”
3311:33 a nny 38 b Yk 12:27Yesu bwe yamulaba ng’akaaba era n’Abayudaaya abaali naye nga bakaaba n’anyolwa mu mutima, n’ajjula obuyinike. 34N’abuuza nti, “Mwamuteeka wa?”
Ne bamugamba nti, “Mukama waffe jjangu olabeyo.”
3511:35 Luk 19:41Yesu n’akaaba amaziga.
3611:36 nny 3Awo Abayudaaya ne bagamba nti, “Ng’abadde amwagala nnyo!”
3711:37 a Yk 9:6, 7 b nny 21, 32Naye abamu ku bo ne bagamba nti, “Ono eyazibula amaaso ga muzibe, lwaki teyaziyiza musajja ono kufa?”
Yesu Azuukiza Laazaalo
3811:38 a nny 33 b Mat 27:60; Luk 24:2; Yk 20:1Awo Yesu ne yeeyongera okujjula obuyinike. N’atuuka ku ntaana. Yali mpuku ng’eggaliddwawo n’ejjinja. 3911:39 nny 17Yesu n’agamba nti, “Muggyeewo ejjinja.”
Naye Maliza, mwannyina w’omufu, n’amugamba nti, “Kaakano awunya nnyo, kubanga yaakamala ennaku nnya mu ntaana.”
4011:40 a nny 23-25 b nny 4Yesu n’amuddamu nti, “Saakugambye nti bw’onokkiriza onoolaba ekitiibwa kya Katonda?”
4111:41 a Yk 17:1 b Mat 11:25Ne baggyawo ejjinja. Awo Yesu n’atunula waggulu n’agamba nti, “Kitange nkwebaza olw’okumpulira. 4211:42 a Yk 12:30 b Yk 3:17Mmanyi nti bulijjo ompulira, naye kino nkyogedde olw’abantu bano abayimiridde wano, balyoke bakkirize nti ggwe wantuma.”
4311:43 Luk 7:14Bwe yamala okwogera bw’atyo, n’akoowoola mu ddoboozi ery’omwanguka nti, “Laazaalo fuluma.” 4411:44 a Yk 19:40 b Yk 20:7Awo Laazaalo n’ava mu ntaana, ng’amagulu ge n’emikono bizingiddwa mu ngoye eziziikibwamu abafu, nga n’ekiremba kisibiddwa ku maaso ge.
Yesu n’abagamba nti, “Mumusumulule atambule.”
4511:45 a nny 19 b Yk 2:23 c Kuv 14:31; Yk 7:31Bangi ku Bayudaaya abajja ne Maliyamu bwe baalaba Yesu ky’akoze ne bamukkiriza. 46Naye abalala ne bagenda eri Abafalisaayo ne babategeeza Yesu kye yakola.
4711:47 a nny 57 b Mat 26:3 c Mat 5:22 d Yk 2:11Awo bakabona abakulu n’Abafalisaayo ne batuuza olukiiko ne bagamba nti, “Tukole ki? Kubanga omuntu ono akola ebyamagero bingi. 48Bwe tumuleka bw’atyo, abantu bonna bajja kumukkiriza bamugoberere, n’ekirivaamu Abaruumi bagenda kujja bazikirize ekifo ekitukuvu n’eggwanga lyaffe.”
4911:49 a Mat 26:3 b nny 51; Yk 18:13, 14Awo omu ku bo, Kayaafa eyali Kabona Asinga Obukulu mu mwaka ogwo, n’abagamba nti, “Mmwe temuliiko kye mumanyi. 5011:50 Yk 18:14Temulaba nti kirungi omuntu omu afe, eggwanga lyonna lireme kuzikirira?”
51Ekyo Kayaafa teyakyogera ku bubwe, wabula ye nga Kabona Asinga Obukulu, yayogera eby’obunnabbi nti Yesu yali anaatera okufiirira eggwanga, 5211:52 Is 49:6; Yk 10:16ate si ggwanga lyokka naye n’okukuŋŋaanya abaana ba Katonda abaasaasaana. 5311:53 Mat 12:14Okuva ku lunaku olwo abakulembeze b’Abayudaaya ne basala amagezi okutta Yesu.
5411:54 Yk 7:1Noolwekyo, Yesu n’alekayo okutambula mu Buyudaaya mu lwatu, wabula n’avaayo n’alaga mu kifo ekiriraanye eddungu, mu kibuga ekiyitibwa Efulayimu, n’abeera eyo n’abayigirizwa be.
5511:55 a Kuv 12:13, 23, 27; Mat 26:1, 2; Mak 14:1; Yk 13:1 b 2By 30:17, 18Embaga y’Abayudaaya ejjuukirirwako Okuyitako yali eneetera okutuuka, abantu bangi ne bava mu byalo ne bambuka e Yerusaalemi okukola omukolo ogw’okwetukuza ng’embaga tennatuuka. 5611:56 Yk 7:11Bwe baali bakuŋŋaanidde mu Yeekaalu, ne banoonya Yesu, ne beebuuzaganya nti, “Mulowooza mutya? Yesu tajje ku mbaga?” 57Bakabona abakulu n’Abafalisaayo baali balagidde nti, Omuntu yenna bw’amanya Yesu wali abategeeze, balyoke bamukwate.