The Friend at Midnight
 And he said to
them, Which of you who has a
friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, `Friend, lend me
 for a friend of mine
has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him';
 and he will answer
from within, `Do not bother me; the door is now
shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you
 I tell you, though he
will not get up and
give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his
importunity he will rise
and give him whatever he needs.
The Kingdom Divided
 Knowing their
thoughts, he said to them, Every
divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided
against itself will stand;
 and if Satan casts
out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom
 And he called
them to him, and said to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
 If a kingdom is
divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
 And if a house is
divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
 And if Satan has risen up against himself and
is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
 But he, knowing
their thoughts, said to them, Every
kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household
 And if Satan also is
divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I
cast out demons by Be-el'zebul.
On Seeking Signs
 Then some of the
scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from
But he answered them, An evil and
adulterous generation seeks for a
sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet
 For as Jonah was
three days and three nights in
the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three
nights in the heart of the earth.
 The men of Nin'eveh
will arise at the
judgment with this generation and condemn it; for
they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater
than Jonah is here.
 The queen of the
South will arise
at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from
the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold,
something greater than Solomon is here.
 When the crowds
were increasing, he began to say,
generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be
given to it except the sign of Jonah.
 For as Jonah became a
sign to the men of Nin'eveh, so will the Son of man be to this
 The men of Nin'eveh
will arise at the
judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the
preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
queen of the South
will arise at the judgment with the men of this
generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to
hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon
The First Prediction of His Death
 From that time
Jesus began to show his disciples that he
must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief
priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, "God
forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you."
But he turned and said to Peter, Get
behind me, Satan! You are a
hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.
 And he charged
them to tell no one about him.
And he began to teach them that
the Son of man must suffer many things,
and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes,
and be killed, and after three days rise again.
 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to
But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, Get
behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men.
 But he charged
and commanded them to tell this to no one,
saying, The Son of man must
suffer many things, and be rejected by the
elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third
day be raised
The Coming of Elijah
 And as they were
coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded
them, Tell no one the vision,
until the Son of man is raised
 And the disciples asked him, "Then why do the scribes say
that first Eli'jah must come?"
 He replied, Eli'jah
does come, and he is to restore all things;
 but I tell you that
Eli'jah has already come, and they did not know
him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will
suffer at their hands.
 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them
of John the Baptist.
 And as they were
coming down the mountain, he charged them
to tell no one what they had seen,
until the Son of man should have risen from
 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the
rising from the dead meant.
 And they asked him, "Why do the scribes say that first
Eli'jah must come?"
And he said to them, Eli'jah does
come first to restore all things;
and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many
things and be treated with contempt?
 But I tell you that
Eli'jah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is
written of him.
The Second Prediction
 As they were
gathering in Galilee,
Jesus said to them, The Son of
man is to be delivered into the hands of men,
 and they will kill
him, and he will be raised on the third day.
And they were greatly distressed.
 They went on
from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, The Son of man will
be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he
is killed, after three days he will rise.
 But they did not understand the saying, and they were
afraid to ask him.
 And all were
astonished at the majesty of God. But while
they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to his disciples,
 Let these words sink
into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of
But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from
them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him
about this saying.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
 There was a rich man, who was clothed
in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
 And at his gate lay a
poor man named Laz'arus, full of sores,
 who desired to be fed
with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and
licked his sores.
 The poor man died and
was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died
and was buried;
 and in Hades, being
in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz'arus
in his bosom.
 And he called out,
`Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send
Laz'arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for
I am in anguish in this flame.'
 But Abraham said,
`Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and
Laz'arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and
you are in anguish.
 And besides all this,
and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would
pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to
 And he said, `Then I
beg you, father, to send him to my father's house,
 for I have five
brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place
 But Abraham said,
`They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
 And he said, `No,
father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will
 He said to him, `If
they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither
will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'
The Third Prediction
 And as Jesus was
going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the
way he said to them,
 Behold, we are going
up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be
delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him
 and deliver him to the
to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.
 And they were on
the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus
was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed
were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what
was to happen to him,
 saying, Behold, we
are going up
to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests
and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to
 and they will mock
him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three
days he will rise.
 And taking the
twelve, he said to them,
Behold, we are
going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written of the Son of man
by the prophets will be accomplished.
 For he will be
delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and shamefully treated
and spit upon;
 they will scourge him
and kill him, and on the third day he will rise.
 But they understood none of these things; this saying was
hid from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
Concerning The Resurrection
 The same day
Sad'ducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they
asked him a question,
saying, "Teacher, Moses said, `If a man dies, having no children, his
brother must marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother.'
 Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married,
and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother.
 So too the second and third, down to the seventh.
 After them all, the woman died.
 In the resurrection, therefore, to which of the seven will
she be wife? For they all had her."
 But Jesus answered them, You are wrong, because you know neither
the scriptures nor the power of God.
 For in the resurrection they neither
marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
 And as for the resurrection of the dead,
have you not read what was said to you by God,
 `I am the God of
Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'?
He is not God of the dead, but of the living.
 And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his
 And Sad'ducees
came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him
a question, saying,
"Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a
wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the wife, and raise up
children for his brother.
 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when
he died left no children;
 and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and
the third likewise;
 and the seven left no children. Last of all the woman also
 In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven
had her as wife."
 Jesus said to them, Is
not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor
the power of God?
 For when they rise
from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are
like angels in heaven.
 And as for the dead
being raised, have you not read in the book of
Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, `I am the
God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'?
 He is not God of the
dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.
 There came to
him some Sadducees, those who say that there is no resurrection,
and they asked him a question, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us
that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man
must take the wife and raise up children for his brother.
 Now there were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and
died without children;
 and the second
 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no
children and died.
 Afterward the woman also died.
 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman
be? For the seven had her as wife."
 And Jesus said to them,
The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage;
 but those who are
accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection
from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage,
 for they cannot die
any more, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being
sons of the resurrection.
 But that the dead are
raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about
the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of
Isaac and the God of Jacob.
 Now he is not God of
the dead, but of the living; for all live to him.
 And some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, you have spoken
 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.
Rise and Pray
 And he came to
the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, So, could you not watch with me one
 Watch and pray that
you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but
the flesh is weak.
 And he came and
found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, Simon, are you asleep? Could you not
watch one hour?
 .Watch and pray that you may not enter
into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
 And when he rose
from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for
 and he said to them, Why
do you sleep? Rise and
pray that you may not enter into temptation.
On the Third Day
 Now after the
sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of
the week, Mary Mag'dalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre.
 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel
of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone,
and sat upon it.
 His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as
 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead
 But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I
know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
 He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the
place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead,
and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.
Lo, I have told you."
 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great
joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
 And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came
up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my
brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
 And when the
sabbath was past, Mary Mag'dalene, and Mary the
mother of James, and Salo'me, bought spices, so that they might go and
 And very early on the first day of the week they went to the
tomb when the sun had risen.
 And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the
stone for us from the door of the tomb?"
 And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; --
it was very large.
 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the
right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed.
And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who
was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they
 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before
you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you."
And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and
astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for
they were afraid.
 But on the first
day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the
spices which they had prepared.
 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
 but when they went in they did not find the body.
 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood
by them in dazzling apparel;
and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the
men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,
 that the Son of man
must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third
 And they remembered his words,
 and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven
and to all the rest.
Now it was Mary Mag'dalene and Jo-an'na and Mary the mother of James
and the other women with them who told this to the apostles;
 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did
not believe them.
The Appearance in Jerusalem
 As they were
saying this, Jesus himself stood among them.
 But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that
they saw a spirit.
 And he said to them, Why
are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts?
 See my hands and my
feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for
a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.
 And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he
said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
 and he took it and ate before them.
Then he said to them, These are
my words which I spoke to you, while I
was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of
Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.
 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,
 and said to them, Thus
it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
 and that repentance
and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations,
beginning from Jerusalem.
 You are witnesses of
 And behold, I send
the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are
clothed with power from on high.
From the Fourth Gospel
|The Authority of the Son
] Jesus said to
them, Truly, truly, I say to you,
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
] For as the Father raises (egeirw) 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
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
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
] 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
] and come forth, those
who have done good, to the resurrection
and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.
] I can do nothing on
my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my
judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him
who sent me.
The Resurrection and the Life
 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
 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."
 When she had said this, she went and called her sister
Mary, saying quietly, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you."
 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.
 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still in
the place where Martha had met him.