John 11:11-13; Acts 7:60; Acts 13:36; 1 Corinthians 15:6; 1 Corinthians 15:18; 1 Corinthians 15:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15; 2 Peter 3:4

11 After saying these things, he said to them, Our friend Lazarus yhas fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him. 12 The disciples said to him, Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover. 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.


60 And yfalling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, zLord, do not hold this sin against them. And when he had said this, ahe fell asleep.


36 For David, after he had tserved the purpose of God in his own generation, ufell asleep and vwas laid with his fathers and saw corruption,


Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.


18 Then those also who dhave fallen asleep in Christ have perished.


20 But in fact fChrist has been raised from the dead, gthe firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.


The Coming of the Lord

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, gthat you may not grieve as others do hwho have no hope. 14 For isince we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him jthose who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you kby a word from the Lord,1 that lwe who are alive, who are left until mthe coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.


lThey will say, Where is the promise of mhis coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.