Six days before 1the Passover, 2Jesus therefore came to Bethany, 3where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
So they gave a dinner for him there. 4Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.
5Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said,
"Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and 6given to the poor?"
He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and 7having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.
Jesus said, "Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial.
For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."
When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, 8whom he had raised from the dead.
9So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well,
because 10on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.