A certain man was sick, named Lazarus of Bethania the town of
Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary which anointed Jesus
with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother
Lazarus was sick, and his sisters sent unto him saying. Lord behold
he whom you love, is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said: this
infirmity is not unto death, but for the laud of God, that the son
of God might be praised by the reason of it. Jesus loved Martha and
her sister and Lazarus. After he heard that he was sick, then abode
he two days still in the same place where he was.
Then after that, said he to his disciples: let us go into Jewry
again. His disciples said unto him: Master, the Jewes lately sought
means to stone you, and will you go over there again? Jesus
answered, are there not twelve hours in the day? If a man walk in
the day, he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world.
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbles, because there is no
light in him. This said he, and after that, he said unto them: our
friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go to wake him out of sleep. Then said
his disciples: Lord if he sleep, he shall do well enough. How be it
Jesus spoke of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of the
natural sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead,
and I am glad for your sakes, that I was not there, because you may
believe. Nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas which is
called Didymus, unto the disciples: let us also go, that we may die
with him. Then went Jesus, and found that he had lain in his grave
four days already. Bethanie was near unto Jerusalem, about fifteen
furlongs off, and many of the Jewes were come to Martha and Mary to
comfort them over their brother. Martha as soon as she heard that
Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
Then said Martha unto Jesus: Lord if you had been here, my
brother had not been dead: but nevertheless, I know that whatsoever
you ask of God, God will give it you. Jesus said unto her: your
brother shall rise again. Martha said unto him: I know that he shall
rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her:
I am the resurrection and the life: He that believes on me, yea
though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever lives and
believes on me, shall never die. Believe you this? She said unto
him: you Lord, I believe that you are Christ the son of God which
should come into the world. And as soon as she had so said, she went
her way and called Mary her sister secretly saying: The master is
come and calls for you. And she as soon as she heard that, arose
quickly, and came unto him. Jesus was not yet come into the town:
but was in the place where Martha met him. The Jewes then which were
with her in the house and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she
rose up hastily, and went out, followed her, saying: She goes unto
the grave, to weep there.
Then when Mary was come where Jesus was and saw him, she fell
down at his feet, saying unto him: Lord if you had been here, my
brother had not been dead. When Jesus saw her weep, and the Jewes
also weep, which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was
troubled in himself and said: Where have you laid him? They said
unto him: Lord come and see. And Jesus wept. Then said the Jewes:
Behold how he loved him. And some of them said: could not he which
opened the eyes of the blind, have made also, that this man should
not have died? Jesus again groaned in himself, and came to the
grave. It was a cave, and a stone laid on it.
And Jesus said: take you away the stone. Martha the sister of
him that was dead, said unto him: Lord by this time he stinks. For
he has been dead four days: Jesus said unto her: Said I not unto
you, that if you did believe, you should see the glory of God. Then
they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And
Jesus lift up his eyes and said: Father I thank you because that you
have heard me. I *wot that you hear me always: but because of
the people that stand by I said it that they may believe, that you
have sent me.
And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice,
Lazarus come forth. And he that was dead, came forth, bound hand and
foot with grave bonds, and his face was bound with a napkin. Jesus
said unto them: loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jewes
which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did,
believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees,
and told them what Jesus had done.
Then gathered the high Priests and the Pharisees a council, and
said: what do we? This man does many miracles. If we let him scape
thus, all men will believe on him, and the Romans shall come and
take away our country and the people. And one of them named Caiphas
which was the high priest that same year, said unto them: you
perceive nothing at all nor yet consider that it is expedient for
us, that one man die for the people, and not that all the people
perish. This spoke he not of himself, but being high Priest that
same year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the people, and
not for the people only, but that he should gather together in one
the children of God which were scattered abroad. From that day forth
they held a counsel together, for to put him to death.
Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jewes: but went
his way from that place unto a country near to a wilderness, into a
city called Ephraim, and there haunted with his disciples. And the
Jewes *ester was near at hand and many went out of the country up to
Jerusalem before the *ester, to purify themselves. Then sought they
for Jesus, and spoke between themselves as they stood in the temple:
What think ye, seeing he comes not to the feast? The high Priests
and Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man knew where he
were, he should show it, that they might take him.
*ester: exact spelling, maybe the feast of sweet bread
Then Jesus six days before *ester, came to Bethany where
Lazarus was, which was dead and whom Jesus raised from death. There
they made him a supper, and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of
them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of
ointment called Nardus, perfect and precious, and anointed Jesus
feet, and wiped his feet with her hair and the house was filled of
the savour of the ointment. Then said one of his disciples named
Judas Iscarioth Simons son, which afterward betrayed him: why was
not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the
poor? This said he, not that he cared for the poor: but because he
was a thief, and kept the bag, and bare that which was given. Then
said Jesus: Let her alone, against the day of my burying she kept
it. The poor all ways shall you have with you, but me shall you not
all ways have.
Much people of the Jewes had knowledge that he was there. And
they came, not for Jesus sake only, but that they might see Lazarus
also whom he raised from death. The high Priests therefore held a
council that they might put Lazarus to death also, because that for
his sake many of the Jewes went away, and believed on Jesus.
On the morrow, much people that were come to the feast, when
they heard that Jesus should come to Jerusalem, took branches of
palm trees and went and met him, and cried: Hosanna, blessed is he
that in the name of the Lord, comes king of Israel. And Jesus got a
young ass and sat thereon, according to that which was written: fear
not daughter of Sion, behold your king comes sitting on an asses
colt. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but
when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that such things were
written of him, and that such things they had done unto him. The
people that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave,
and raised him from death, bare record. Therefore met him the
people, because they heard that he had done such a miracle. The
Pharisees therefore said among themselves perceive you how we
prevail nothing? behold the world goes away after him.
There were certain Greeks among them, that came to pray at the
feast: the same came to Philip which was of Bethsaida a city in
Galile, and desired him saying: Sir we would fain see Jesus. Philip
came and told Andrew. And again Andrew and Philip told Jesus. And
Jesus answered them saying: the hour is come that the son of man
must be glorified.
Verily, verily I say unto you, except the wheat corn fall into
the ground and die, it bides alone. If it die, it brings forth much
fruit. He that loves his life shall destroy it: and he that hates
his life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man
minister unto me, let him follow me and where I am there shall also
my minister be. And if any man minister unto me, him will my father
Now is my soul troubled, and what shall I say? Father deliver
me from this hour: but therefore came I unto this hour. Father
glorify your name. Then came there a voice from heaven: I have
glorified it and will glorify it again. Then said the people that
stood by and heard: it thunders. Other said an angel spoke to him.
Jesus answered and said: this voice came not because of me, but for
Now is the judgement of this world: now shall the prince of
this world be cast out. And I, if were lifted up from the earth,
will draw all men unto me. This said Jesus, signifying what death he
should die. The people answered him: We have heard out of the law
that Christ bides ever, and how say you then that the son of man
must be lifted up? who is that son of man? Then Jesus said unto
them: yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have
light, least the darkness come on you. He that walks in the dark,
*wotteth not whither he goes. While you have light believe on the
light, that you may be the children of light.
These things spoke Jesus and departed, and hid himself from
them. And though he had done so many miracles before them, yet
believed not they on him, that the saying of Esaias the Prophet
might be fulfilled, that he spoke.
Lord who shall believe our saying? And to whom is the arm of
the Lord opened? Therefore could they not believe, because that
Esaias says again: he has blinded their eyes and hardened their
hearts, that they should not see with their eyes, and understand
with their hearts, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Such things said Esaias when he saw his glory, and spoke of him.
Nevertheless among the chief rulers many believed on him. But
because of the Pharisees they would not be a known of it, least they
should be excommunicated. For they loved the praise that is given of
men, more than the praise that comes of God.
And Jesus cried and said: he that believes on me, believes not
on me, but on him that sent me. And he that sees me, sees him that
sent me. I am come a light into the world that whosoever believes on
me, should not hide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and
believe not, I judge him not. For I came not to judge the world: but
to save the world. He that refuses me and receives not my words, has
one that judges him. The words that I have spoken, they shall judge
him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself: but the father
which sent me, he gave me a commandment what I should say, and what
I should speak. And I know that this commandment is life
everlasting. Whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the father bade
me, so I speak.
*ester: exact spelling, maybe the
feast of sweet bread. *wotteth (knows)
Before the feast of ester when Jesus knew that his hour was
come, that he should depart out of this world unto the father: When
he loved his which were in the world, unto the end he loved them.
And when supper was ended, after that the devil had put in the heart
of Judas Iscariot Simons son, to betray him: Jesus knowing that the
father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come
from God, and went to God: he rose from supper, and laid aside his
upper garments, and took a towel, and girt himself. After that,
poured he water into a basin, and began to wash his disciples feet,
and to wipe them with the towel, wherewith he was gird.
Then came he to Simon Peter. And Peter said to him: Lord shall
you wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him: what I do, you
*wettest not now, but you shall know hereafter. Peter said unto him:
you shall not wash my feet while the world stands. Jesus answered
him: if I wash you not, you shall have no part with me. Simon Peter
said unto him: Lord, not my feet only: but also my hands and my
head. Jesus said to him: he that is washed, needs not save to wash
his feet, and is clean every whit. And you are clean: but not all.
For he knew his betrayer. Therefore said he: you are not all clean.
After he had washed their feet, and received his clothes, and
was set down again, he said unto them: know you what I have done to
you? you call me master and Lord, and you say well, for so am I. If
I then your Lord and master have washed your feet, you also ought to
wash one anothers feet. For I have given you an example, that you
should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily I say unto you, the
servant is not greater than his master, neither the messenger
greater than he that sent him.
If you understand these things, happy are you if you do them. I
speak not of you all, I know whom I have chosen. But that the
scripture be fulfilled: he that eats bread with me, has lifted up
his heel against me. Now tell I you before it come: that when it is
come to pass you might believe that I am he. Verily, verily I say
unto you. He that receives whomsoever I send, receives me. And he
that receives me, receives him that sent me.
When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in the spirit, and
testified saying: verily, verily I say unto you, that one of you
shall betray me. And then the disciples looked one on another
doubting of whom he spoke. There was one of his disciples, which
leaned on Jesus bosom, whom Jesus loved. To him beckoned Simon Peter
that he should ask who it was of whom he spoke. He then as he leaned
on Jesus breast, said unto him: Lord who is it? Jesus answered, he
it is to whom I give a sop, when I have dipped it. And he wet a sop,
and gave it to Judas Iscarioth Simons son. And after the sop, Satan
entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him: that you dost, do
quickly. That *wist no man at the table, for what intent he
spoke unto him. Some of them thought, because Judas had the bag,
that Jesus had said unto him, buy those things that we have need of
against the feast: or that he should give something to the poor. As
soon then as he had received the sop, he went immediately out. And
it was night. When he was gone out, Jesus said: now is the son of
man glorified. And God is glorified by him. If God be glorified by
him, God shall also glorify him in himself: and shall straightway
Dear children, yet a little while am I with you. you shall seek
me, and as I said unto the Jewes, whither I go, over there can you
not come. Also to you say I now: A new commandment give I unto you,
that you love together, as I have loved you, that even so you love
one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples,
if you shall have love one to another. Simon Peter said unto him:
Lord whither go you? Jesus answered him: whither I go you can not
follow me now, but you shall follow me afterwards.
Peter said unto him: Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will
give my life for your sake? Jesus answered him: will you give your
life for my sake? Verily, verily I say unto you, the cock shall not
crow, till you have denied me *thrice.
that is known sharply) *wist (knew) *thrice (three times).
And he said unto his disciples:
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me.
In my fathers house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you even
unto myself that where I am, there may ye be also. And whither I go
ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas said unto him: Lord we know not whither thou goest.
Also how is it possible for us to know the way? Jesus said unto him:
I am the way, the truth and the life. And no man cometh unto the
father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye had known my father also.
And now ye know him, and have seen him.
Philip said unto him: Lord show us the father, and it
sufficeth us. Jesus said unto him, have I been so long time with
you: and yet hast thou not known me? Philip, he that hath seen me,
hath seen the father. And how sayest thou then: show us the father?
Believest thou not that *I am in the father, and the father in me?
The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself: but the
father that dwelleth in me, is he that doeth the works. Believe me,
**that I am in the father and the father in me. At the least believe
me for the very works sake.
Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the
works that I do, the same shall he do, and greater works then these
shall he do, because I go unto my father. And whatsoever ye ask in
my name, that will I do, that the father might be glorified by the
son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
If ye love me keep my commandments, and I will pray the
father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may bide
with you ever: which is the spirit of truth whom the world cannot
receive, because the world seeth him not, neither knoweth him. But
ye know him. For he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will
not leave you comfortless: but will come to you.
Yet a little while and the world seeth me no more: but ye
shall see me. For I live and ye shall live. That day shall ye know
that I am in my father, and you in me, and I in you.
He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, the same is he
that loveth me. And he that loveth me shall be loved of my father:
and I will love him, and will show mine own self unto him. Judas
said unto him (not Judas Iscarioth) Lord what is the cause that thou
wilt show thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered
and said unto him: if a man love me and will keep my sayings, my
father also will love him, and we will come unto him, and will dwell
with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my sayings. And the
words which ye hear, are not mine, but the fathers which sent me.
This have I spoken unto you being yet present with you. But
that comforter which is the holy ghost (whom my father will send in
my name) he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance whatsoever I have told you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. Not as the
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be grieved,
neither fear ye. Ye have heard how I said unto you: I go and come
again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would verily rejoice, because I
said, I go unto the father. For the father is greater then I. And
now have I showed you, before it come, that when it is come to pass,
ye might believe. Here after will I not talk many words unto you.
For the ruler of this world cometh, and hath nought in me. But that
the world may know that I love the father: therefore as the father
gave me commandment, even so do I.
Rise let us go hence.
** note error in some
other Tyndale New Testaments transliterations..RN
I am the true vine, and my father is an husbandman. Every
branch that bears not fruit in me, he will take away. And every
branch that bears fruit, will he purge, that it may bring more
fruit. Now are you clean through the words which I have spoken unto
you. Bide in me, and let me bide in you. As the branch cannot bear
fruit of itself, except it bide in the vine: no more can you except
you abide in me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. He that
abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit. For
without me can you do nothing. If a man bide not in me, he is cast
forth as a branch, and is withered: and men gather it and cast it
into the fire, and it burns. If you bide in me and my words also
bide in you: ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.
Herein is my father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and be
made my disciples.
As the father has loved me, even so have I loved you. Continue
in my love. If you shall keep my commandments, you shall bide in my
love, even as I have kept my fathers commandments, and bide in his
love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain
in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, that you love together as I have loved
you. Greater love than this has no man, than that a man bestow his
life for his friends. you are my friends, if you do whatsoever I
command you. From this time call I you not servants: for the servant
knows not what his lord does. But you have I called friends: for all
things that I have heard of my father I have opened to you.
You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you,
that you go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit remain, that
whatsoever you shall ask of the father in my name, he should give it
This command I you, that you love together. If the world hate
you, you know that he hated me before he hated you. If you were of
the world, the world would love his own. How be it because you are
not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
hates you the world. Remember the saying that I said unto you: the
servant is not greater than the Lord.
If they have persecuted me, so will they persecute you. If they
have kept my sayings, so will they keep yours.
But all these things will they do unto you for my names sake,
because they have not known him that sent me. If I had not come and
spoken unto them they should not have had sin: but now have they
nothing to cloak their sin with all. He that hates me, hates my
father. If I had not done works among them which none other man did,
they had not had sin. But now have they seen, and yet have hated
both me and my father: even that the saying might be fulfilled that
is written in their law: they hated me without a cause.
But when the comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from
the father, which is the spirit of truth, which proceeds of the
father, he shall testify of me. And you shall bear witness also,
because you have been with me from the beginning.
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