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Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

Jesus wept.

Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him ! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died ? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh : for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God ? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always : but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent

And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes : and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let

Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their

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ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

Then gathered the Chief Priests and the Phari. sees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him : and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the High Priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us,

that one man should die for the people,

and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself : but being High Priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; and not for that nation only, but also that he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.

And the Jews' Passover was nigh at hand : and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.

Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? Now both the Chief Priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should show it, that they might take him.

Then Jesus, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead,

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whom he raised from the dead. And being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him, as he sat at meat. Then Mary, having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, very precious, brake the box, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair : and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. But when his disciples saw it, there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made ? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her : pose is this waste ?

Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor ; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. And Jesus said, Let her alone; Why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on

For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever

ye will ye may do them good : but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could : let her alone : against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial: she is come beforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this Gospel shall bel preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was

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there : and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

But the Chief Priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death ; because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away and believed on Jesus.

And it came to pass, On the next day, when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm-trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna ; Blessed is the King of Israel, that cometh in the name of the Lord. Then sent Jesus forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: : and as soon as ye be entered into it, straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt tied with her, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Be. cause the Lord hath need of him : and straightway he will send him hither. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet*, saying, as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. These things understood not his disciples at the first : but when Jesus was glo. rified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

* Zechariah : see his prophecy, ch. ix. v. 9. See also ch. xi. v. 12. and 13. of the same prophet, for a very minute prediction respecting Judas' betrayal of Christ.

And the disciples, that were sent, went their way, and did as Jesus commanded them, and found the colt even as he had said unto them, tied by the door without, in a place where two ways met ; and they loose him. And as they were loosing the colt,certain of them that stood there, the owners thereof, said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt ? And they said unto them, The Lord hath need of him : even as Jesus had commanded : and they let them go. And they brought the ass and the colt to Jesus : and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon; and he sat upon him. The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met him : for that they heard that he had done this miracle.

And, as they went, a very great multitudle spread their garments in the way ; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples, and the multitudes that went before, and that followed, began to rejoice, and praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works that they had seen ; and cried, saying,

Hosanna to the Son of David:
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed be the King
that cometh in the name of the Lord :
Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord : Hosanna in the

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