For nekros the definitions are: 1) a. one that breathed his last; b. deceased, departed, one whose soul is in hades; c. destitute of life, without life, inantimate; 2) a. destitued of a life that recognizes and is devoted to God, because given up to trespass and sins; inactive as respects doing right; b. destitute of force or power, inactive, inoperative. The corresponding English word is colored in purple where it occurs in the English text below.
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LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD
WAS DEAD AND IS ALIVE
CONCERNING THE RESURRECTION
ONE IS A DEVIL
 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
 Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?"
 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;
 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."
 Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was to betray him.
DEATH IN THE FOURTH GOSPEL
 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise.
 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel.
 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
 "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself,
 and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man.
 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
 and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.
 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die.
 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."
 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.
 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever."
 The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?"
 Jesus answered, "I have not a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.
 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it and he will be the judge.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death."
 The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, `If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.'
 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?"
 Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God.
 But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know him and I keep his word.
 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad."
 Now a certain man was ill, Laz'arus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Laz'arus was ill.
 So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
 But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it."
 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Laz'arus.
 So when he heard that he was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
 Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go into Judea again."
 The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were but now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?"
 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any one walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
 But if any one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
 Thus he spoke, and then he said to them, "Our friend Laz'arus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep."
 The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
 Then Jesus told them plainly, "Laz'arus is dead;
 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
 Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
 Now when Jesus came, he found that Laz'arus had already been in the tomb four days.
 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,
 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house.
 Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
 And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you."
 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
 She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."
 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.
 "Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour'? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour.
 Father, glorify thy name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
 The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
 Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.
 Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out;
 and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."
 He said this to show by what death he was to die.