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And by the blood of your covenant, you freed your prisoners from the pit having no water. ZECHARIAH 9:11
The pit with no water in it :Is according to Apostle Peter the false prophets.
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold he whom You love is sick."
When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified. through it."
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where he was. Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."
The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him. These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."
Then His disciples said,''Lord, if he sleeps he will get well." However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
The Jesus said to them plainly, `Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.``
Then Thomas , who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, `Let us also go, that we may die with Him.
So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.