When Jesus had finished saying all this, He told His disciples,
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"You know that the Passover takes place after two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."
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Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
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and they conspired to arrest Jesus in a treacherous way and kill Him.
"Not during the festival," they said, "so there won't be rioting among the people."
While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had a serious skin disease,
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a woman approached Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive fragrant oil. She poured it on His head as He was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked.
"This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor."
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a noble thing for Me.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.
By pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she has prepared Me for burial.
I assure you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her."