John 2:14-17
    14There He found in the temple [enclosure] those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there [also at their stands].

    15And having made a lash (a whip) of cords, He drove them all out of the temple [enclosure]--both the sheep and the oxen--spilling and scattering the brokers' money and upsetting and tossing around their trays (their stands).
    16Then to those who sold the doves He said, Take these things away (out of here)! Make not My Father's house a house of merchandise (a marketplace, a sales shop)!
    17And His disciples remembered that it is written [in the Holy Scriptures], Zeal (the fervor of love) for Your house will eat Me up. [I will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of Your house.]
 
John 3:2-8
    2[Nicodemus] Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles--and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is with him.
    3Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.
    4Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother's womb again and be born?
    5Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.
    6What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
    7Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above).
    8The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
 
John 3:14-17
    14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],
    15In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!
    16For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
    17For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
 
John 3:18-21
    18He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation--he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ's Name.]
    19The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.
    20For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.
    21But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are--wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God's help, in dependence upon Him].
 
John 3:35
    35The Father loves the Son and has given (entrusted, committed) everything into His hand.
 
John 4:7-42
    7Presently, when a woman of Samaria came along to draw water, Jesus said to her, Give Me a drink--
    8For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy food--
    9The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?--For the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans--
    10Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God's gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.
    11She said to Him, Sir, You have nothing to draw with [no drawing bucket] and the well is deep; how then can You provide living water? [Where do You get Your living water?]
    12Are You greater than and superior to our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also?
    13Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
    14But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.
    15The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may never get thirsty nor have to come [continually all the way] here to draw.
    16At this, Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband and come back here.
    17The woman answered, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have spoken truly in saying, I have no husband.
    18For you have had five husbands, and the man you are now living with is not your husband. In this you have spoken truly.
    19The woman said to Him, Sir, I see and understand that You are a prophet.
    20Our forefathers worshiped on this mountain, but you [Jews] say that Jerusalem is the place where it is necessary and proper to worship.
    21Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither [merely] in this mountain nor [merely] in Jerusalem.
    22You [Samaritans] do not know what you are worshiping [you worship what you do not comprehend]. We do know what we are worshiping [we worship what we have knowledge of and understand], for [after all] salvation comes from [among] the Jews.
    23A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.
    24God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).
    25The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming, He Who is called the Christ (the Anointed One); and when He arrives, He will tell us everything we need to know and make it clear to us.
    26Jesus said to her, I Who now speak with you am He.
    27Just then His disciples came and they wondered (were surprised, astonished) to find Him talking with a woman [a married woman]. However, not one of them asked Him, What are You inquiring about? or What do You want? or, Why do You speak with her?
    28Then the woman left her water jar and went away to the town. And she began telling the people,
    29Come, see a Man Who has told me everything that I ever did! Can this be [is not this] the Christ? [Must not this be the Messiah, the Anointed One?]
    30So the people left the town and set out to go to Him.
    31Meanwhile, the disciples urged Him saying, Rabbi, eat something.
    32But He assured them, I have food (nourishment) to eat of which you know nothing and have no idea.
    33So the disciples said one to another, Has someone brought Him something to eat?
    34Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work.
    35Do you not say, It is still four months until harvest time comes? Look! I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields and see how they are already white for harvesting.
    36Already the reaper is getting his wages [he who does the cutting now has his reward], for he is gathering fruit (crop) unto life eternal, so that he who does the planting and he who does the reaping may rejoice together.
    37For in this the saying holds true, One sows and another reaps.
    38I sent you to reap a crop for which you have not toiled. Other men have labored and you have stepped in to reap the results of their work.
    39Now numerous Samaritans from that town believed in and trusted in Him because of what the woman said when she declared and testified, He told me everything that I ever did.
    40So when the Samaritans arrived, they asked Him to remain with them, and He did stay there two days.
    41Then many more believed in and adhered to and relied on Him because of His personal message [what He Himself said].
    42And they told the woman, Now we no longer believe (trust, have faith) just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves [personally], and we know that He truly is the Savior of the world, the Christ.
 
John 5:17
    17But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work.
 
John 5:18-47
    18This made the Jews more determined than ever to kill Him [to do away with Him]; because He not only was breaking (weakening, violating) the Sabbath, but He actually was speaking of God as being [in a special sense] His own Father, making Himself equal [putting Himself on a level] with God.
    19So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
    20The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will disclose to Him (let Him see) greater things yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment.
    21Just as the Father raises up the dead and gives them life [makes them live on], even so the Son also gives life to whomever He wills and is pleased to give it.
    22Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son,
    23So that all men may give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. [In fact] whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him.
    24I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.
    25Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live.
    26For even as the Father has life in Himself and is self-existent, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself and be self-existent.
    27And He has given Him authority and granted Him power to execute (exercise, practice) judgment because He is a Son of man [very man].
    28Do not be surprised and wonder at this, for the time is coming when all those who are in the tombs shall hear His voice,
    29And they shall come out--those who have practiced doing good [will come out] to the resurrection of [new] life, and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment [raised to meet their sentence].
    30 I AM able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord--but only as I AM taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I AM bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
    31If I alone testify in My behalf, My testimony is not valid and cannot be worth anything.
    32There is Another Who testifies concerning Me, and I know and am certain that His evidence on My behalf is true and valid.
    33You yourselves have sent [an inquiry] to John and he has been a witness to the truth.
    34But I do not receive [a mere] human witness [the evidence which I accept on My behalf is not from man]; but I simply mention all these things in order that you may be saved (made and kept safe and sound).
    35John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining [to show you the way], and you were willing for a while to delight (sun) yourselves in his light.
    36But I have as My witness something greater (weightier, higher, better) than that of John; for the works that the Father has appointed Me to accomplish and finish, the very same works that I AM now doing, are a witness and proof that the Father has sent Me.
    37And the Father Who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. Not one of you has ever given ear to His voice or seen His form (His face--what He is like). [You have always been deaf to His voice and blind to the vision of Him.]
    38And you have not His word (His thought) living in your hearts, because you do not believe and adhere to and trust in and rely on Him Whom He has sent. [That is why you do not keep His message living in you, because you do not believe in the Messenger Whom He has sent.]
    39You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
    40And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.
    41I receive not glory from men [I crave no human honor, I look for no mortal fame],
    42But I know you and recognize and understand that you have not the love of God in you.
    43I have come in My Father's Name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [your hearts are not open to Me, you give Me no welcome]; but if another comes in his own name and his own power and with no other authority but himself, you will receive him and give him your approval.
    44How is it possible for you to believe [how can you learn to believe], you who [are content to seek and] receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God?
    45Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose [as some of you are supposing] that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you--it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes [in whom you trust].
    46For if you believed and relied on Moses, you would believe and rely on Me, for he wrote about Me [personally].
    47But if you do not believe and trust his writings, how then will you believe and trust My teachings? [How shall you cleave to and rely on My words?]
 
John 6:22-48
    22The next day the crowd [that still remained] standing on the other side of the sea realized that there had been only one small boat there, and that Jesus had not gone into it with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone away by themselves.
    23But now some other boats from Tiberias had come in near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
    24So the people, finding that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, themselves got into the small boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
    25And when they found Him on the other side of the lake, they said to Him, Rabbi! When did You come here?
    26Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, you have been searching for Me, not because you saw the miracles and signs but because you were fed with the loaves and were filled and satisfied.
    27Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes [in the using], but strive and work and produce rather for the [lasting] food which endures [continually] unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him.
    28They then said, What are we to do, that we may [habitually] be working the works of God? [What are we to do to carry out what God requires?]
    29Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].
    30Therefore they said to Him, What sign (miracle, wonderwork) will You perform then, so that we may see it and believe and rely on and adhere to You? What [supernatural] work have You [to show what You can do]?
    31Our forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as the Scripture says, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.
    32Jesus then said to them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Moses did not give you the Bread from heaven [what Moses gave you was not the Bread from heaven], but it is My Father Who gives you the true heavenly Bread.
    33For the Bread of God is He Who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.
    34Then they said to Him, Lord, give us this bread always (all the time)!
    35Jesus replied, I AM the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).
    36But [as] I told you, although you have seen Me, still you do not believe and trust and have faith.
    37All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].
    38For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will and purpose but to do the will and purpose of Him Who sent Me.
    39And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that I should not lose any of all that He has given Me, but that I should give new life and raise [them all] up at the last day.
    40For this is My Father's will and His purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.
    41Now the Jews murmured and found fault with and grumbled about Jesus because He said, I AM [Myself] the Bread that came down from heaven.
    42They kept asking, Is not this Jesus, the Son of Joseph, Whose father and mother we know? How then can He say, I have come down from heaven?
    43So Jesus answered them, Stop grumbling and saying things against Me to one another.
    44No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me, and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.
    45It is written in [the book of] the Prophets, And they shall all be taught of God [have Him in person for their Teacher]. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to Me--
    46Which does not imply that anyone has seen the Father [not that anyone has ever seen Him] except He [Who was with the Father] Who comes from God; He [alone] has seen the Father.
    47 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, relies on, and has faith in Me] has (now possesses) eternal life.
    48 I AM the Bread of Life [that gives life--the Living Bread].
 
John 6:51
    51I [Myself] am this Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).
 
John 6:57
    57Just as the living Father sent Me and I live by (through, because of) the Father, even so whoever continues to feed on Me [whoever takes My Words for his food and is nourished by Me] shall [in his turn] live through and because of Me.
 
John 6:63
    63It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.
 
John 7:28-29
    28Whereupon Jesus called out as He taught in the temple [porches], Do you know Me, and do you know where I AM from? I have not come on My own authority and of My own accord and as self-appointed, but the One Who sent Me is true (real, genuine, steadfast); and Him you do not know!
    29I know Him [Myself] because I come from His [very] presence, and it was He [personally] Who sent Me.
 
John 7:37-39
    37Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!
    38He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.
    39But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).
 
John 8:2-11
    2Early in the morning (at dawn), He came back into the temple [court], and the people came to Him in crowds. He sat down and was teaching them,
    3When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him.
    4Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery.
    5Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women--offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her--what is Your sentence]?
    6This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.
    7However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.
    8Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger.
    9They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.
    10When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?
    11She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.
 
John 8:27-29
    27They did not perceive (know, understand) that He was speaking to them about the Father.
    28So Jesus added, When you have lifted up the Son of Man [on the cross], you will realize (know, understand) that I AM He [for Whom you look] and that I do nothing of Myself (of My own accord or on My own authority), but I say [exactly] what My Father has taught Me.
    29And He Who sent Me is ever with Me; My Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.
 
John 8:30-32
    30As He said these things, many believed in Him [trusted, relied on, and adhered to Him].
    31So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.
    32And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
 
John 8:36
    36So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.
 
John 8:42
    42Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me and respect Me and welcome Me gladly, for I proceeded (came forth) from God [out of His very presence]. I did not even come on My own authority or of My own accord (as self-appointed); but He sent Me.
 
John 8:51
    51I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone observes My teaching [lives in accordance with My message, keeps My word], he will by no means ever see and experience [eternal] death.
 
John 9:1-7
    1As He passed along, He noticed a man blind from his birth.
    2His disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?
    3Jesus answered, It was not that this man or his parents sinned, but he was born blind in order that the workings of God should be manifested (displayed and illustrated) in him.
    4We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work.
    5As long as I AM in the world, I AM the world's Light.
    6When He had said this, He spat on the ground and made clay (mud) with His saliva, and He spread it [as ointment] on the man's eyes.
    7And He said to him, Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam--which means Sent. So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
 
John 10:1-18
    1I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way (elsewhere, from some other quarter) is a thief and a robber.
    2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
    3The watchman opens the door for this man, and the sheep listen to his voice and heed it; and he calls his own sheep by name and brings (leads) them out.
    4When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
    5They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call.
    6Jesus used this parable (illustration) with them, but they did not understand what He was talking about.
    7So Jesus said again, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I Myself am the Door for the sheep.
    8All others who came [as such] before Me are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not listen to and obey them.
    9 I AM the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.
    10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
    11 I AM the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.
    12But the hired servant (he who merely serves for wages) who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away. And the wolf chases and snatches them and scatters [the flock].
    13Now the hireling flees because he merely serves for wages and is not himself concerned about the sheep [cares nothing for them].
    14 I AM the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize Me--
    15Even as [truly as] the Father knows Me and I also know the Father--and I AM giving My [very own] life and laying it down on behalf of the sheep.
    16And I have other sheep [beside these] that are not of this fold. I must bring and impel those also; and they will listen to My voice and heed My call, and so there will be [they will become] one flock under one Shepherd.
    17For this [reason] the Father loves Me, because I lay down My [own] life--to take it back again.
    18No one takes it away from Me. On the contrary, I lay it down voluntarily. [I put it from Myself.] I AM authorized and have power to lay it down (to resign it) and I AM authorized and have power to take it back again. These are the instructions (orders) which I have received [as My charge] from My Father.
 
John 10:25-28
    25Jesus answered them, I have told you so, yet you do not believe Me [you do not trust Me and rely on Me]. The very works that I do by the power of My Father and in My Father's Name bear witness concerning Me [they are My credentials and evidence in support of Me].
    26But you do not believe and trust and rely on Me because you do not belong to My fold [you are no sheep of Mine].
    27The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.
    28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.
 
John 10:29
    29My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father's hand.
 
John 10:30
    30 I and the Father are One.
 
John 10:37-38
    37If I AM not doing the works [performing the deeds] of My Father, then do not believe Me [do not adhere to Me and trust Me and rely on Me].
    38But if I do them, even though you do not believe Me or have faith in Me, [at least] believe the works and have faith in what I do, in order that you may know and understand [clearly] that the Father is in Me, and I AM in the Father [One with Him].
 
John 11:1-44
    1Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived.
    2This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was [now] sick.
    3So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick.
    4When Jesus received the message, He said, This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.
    5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He held them in loving esteem.]
    6Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same place where He was.
    7Then after that interval He said to His disciples, Let us go back again to Judea.
    8The disciples said to Him, Rabbi, the Jews only recently were intending and trying to stone You, and are You [thinking of] going back there again?
    9Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? Anyone who walks about in the daytime does not stumble, because he sees [by] the light of this world.
    10But if anyone walks about in the night, he does stumble, because there is no light in him [the light is lacking to him].
    11He said these things, and then added, Our friend Lazarus is at rest and sleeping; but I AM going there that I may awaken him out of his sleep.
    12The disciples answered, Lord, if he is sleeping, he will recover.
    13However, Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He referred to falling into a refreshing and natural sleep.
    14So then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead,
    15And for your sake I AM glad that I was not there; it will help you to believe (to trust and rely on Me). However, let us go to him.
    16Then Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, Let us go too, that we may die [be killed] along with Him.
    17So when Jesus arrived, He found that he [Lazarus] had already been in the tomb four days.
    18Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away,
    19And a considerable number of the Jews had gone out to see Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
    20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, while Mary remained sitting in the house.
    21Martha then said to Jesus, Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
    22And even now I know that whatever You ask from God, He will grant it to You.
    23Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again.
    24Martha replied, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
    25Jesus said to her, I AM [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live;
    26And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?
    27She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed [I do believe] that You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), the Son of God, [even He] Who was to come into the world. [It is for Your coming that the world has waited.]
    28After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, privately whispering to her, The Teacher is close at hand and is asking for you.
    29When she heard this, she sprang up quickly and went to Him.
    30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the same spot where Martha had met Him.
    31When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there.
    32When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
    33When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.]
    34And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see.
    35Jesus wept.
    36The Jews said, See how [tenderly] He loved him!
    37But some of them said, Could not He Who opened a blind man's eyes have prevented this man from dying?
    38Now Jesus, again sighing repeatedly and deeply disquieted, approached the tomb. It was a cave (a hole in the rock), and a boulder lay against [the entrance to close] it.
    39Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days!
    40Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?
    41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
    42Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [that You have made Me Your Messenger].
    43When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!
    44And out walked the man who had been dead, his hands and feet wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] napkin bound around his face. Jesus said to them, Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go.
 
John 12:23-28
    23And Jesus answered them, The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted.
    24I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.
    25Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.]
    26If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I AM, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
    27Now My soul is troubled and distressed, and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour [of trial and agony]? But it was for this very purpose that I have come to this hour [that I might undergo it].
    28[Rather, I will say,] Father, glorify (honor and extol) Your [own] Name! Then there came a voice out of heaven saying, I have already glorified it, and I will glorify it again.