And he looked up (Anablepsa de). He had taken his seat, after the debate was over and the Sanhedrin had slunk away in sheer defeat, "over against the treasury" ( Mark 12:41 ). The word for "treasury" (gazopulakion) is a compound of gaza (Persian word for royal treasury) and pulakh guard or protection. It is common in the LXX, but in the N.T. only here and Mark 12:41Mark 12:43 ; John 8:20 . Jesus was watching ( Mark 12:41 ) the rich put in their gifts as a slight diversion from the intense strain of the hours before.