Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: JOHN - Chapter 11


Christ raises Lazarus to life. The rulers resolve to put him to death.

1 Now there was a certain man sick, named Lazarus, of Bethania, of the town of Mary, and of Martha, her sister.

2 (And Mary was she *that anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair: whose brother, Lazarus, was sick.)

3 His sisters, therefore, sent to him, saying; Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest, is sick.

4 And Jesus hearing it, said to them; This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God: that the Son of God may be glorified by it.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus.

6 When he had heard, therefore, that he was sick, he still remained in the same place two days.

7 Then after that he said to his disciples; Let us go into Judea again.

8 The disciples say to him; Rabbi, the Jews but just now sought to stone thee: and goest thou thither again?

9 Jesus answered: Are there not twelve hours of the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world:

10 But if he walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him.

11 These things he said: and after that he said to them; Lazarus, our friend, sleepeth: but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.

12 His disciples, therefore, said; Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

13 But Jesus spoke of his death: and they thought that he spoke of the repose of sleep.

14 Then, therefore, Jesus said to them plainly; Lazarus is dead.

15 And I am glad, for your sake, that I was not there, that you may believe: but let us go to him.

16 Then Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow-disciples: Let us also go, that we may die with him.

17 Jesus therefore came: and found that he had been four days already in the grave.

18 (Now Bethania was near Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off.)

19 And many of the Jews were come to Martha, and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Martha, therefore, as soon as she heard that Jesus wast come, went to meet him: but Mary sat at home.

21 Martha therefore said to Jesus: Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died:

22 But now also I know that whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

23 Jesus saith to her: Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Martha saith to him; I know that he shall rise again,* in the resurrection at the last day.

25 Jesus said to her; I am the resurrection, and the life: *he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live:

26 And every one that liveth, and believeth in me, shall not die for ever. Believest thou this?

27 She saith to him; Yea, Lord, I have believed that thou art Christ, the Son of the living God, who art come into this world.

28 And when she had said these things, she went, and called her sister, Mary, secretly, saying; The master is come, and calleth for thee.

29 She, as soon as she heard this, riseth quickly, and cometh to him.

30 For Jesus was not yet come into the town: but he was still in that place where Martha had met him.

31 The Jews, therefore, who were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up speedily and went out, followed her, saying; She goeth to the grave to weep there.

32 When Mary, therefore, was come where Jesus was, seeing him, she fell down at his feet, and saith to him: Lord; if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33 When Jesus, therefore, saw her weeping, and the Jews that were come with her weeping, he groaned in the spirit, and troubled himself.

34 And said; Where have you laid him? They say to him; Lord, come and see.

35 And Jesus wept.

36 The Jews, therefore, said; Behold how he loved him.

37 But some of them said: *Could not he that opened the eyes of the man born blind, have caused that this man should not die?

38 Jesus, therefore, again groaning in himself, cometh to the sepulchre: Now it was a cave: and a stone was laid over it.

39 Jesus saith; Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith to him; Lord, by this time he stinketh, for he is now of four days.

40 Jesus saith to her; Did not I say to thee, that if thou believe, thou shalt see the glory of God?

41 They took, therefore, the stone away: And Jesus, lifting up his eyes, said; Father, I give thee thanks that thou hast heard me.

42 And I knew that thou hearest me always; but because of the people who stand about, have I said it: that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

43 When he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice: Lazarus, come forth.

44 And presently he that had been dead came forth, bound feet and hands with winding-bands; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said to them; Loose him, and let him go.

45 Many, therefore, of the Jews, who were come to Mary and Martha, and had seen the things that Jesus did, believed in him.

46 But some of them went to the Pharisees, and told them the things that Jesus had done.

47 The chief priests, therefore, and the Pharisees, gathered a council, and said; What do we, for this man doth many miracles?

48 If we let him alone so, all men will believe in him: And the Romans will come, and take away our place and nation.

49 *But one of them, named Caiphas, being the high priest that year, said to them; You know nothing at all.

50 Neither do you consider that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

51 And this he spoke not of himself: but being the high priest of that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation.

52 And not only for the nation, but to gather together in one the children of God, that were dispersed.

53 From that day, therefore, they devised to put him to death.

54 Wherefore Jesus walked no more openly among the Jews, but he went into a country near the desert, unto a city that is called Ephrem, and there he abode with his disciples.

55 And the Pasch of the Jews was at hand: and many from the country went up to Jerusalem before the Pasch, to purify themselves.

56 They sought, therefore, for Jesus: and they discoursed one with another, standing in the temple: What think you, that he is not come to the festival day? And the chief priests and Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man knew where he was, he should tell, that they might apprehend him.



2: Matthew xxvi. 7.; Luke vii. 31.; John xii. 3.

24: Luke xiv. 14.; John v. 2.

25: John vi. 40.

37: John ix. 6.

49: John xviii. 14.