Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served,1 while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.
Then Mary took about a pinta of pure nard, an expensive perfume;2 she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair.3 And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him,4 objected,
"Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages.b "
He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag,5 he used to help himself to what was put into it.
7"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "[It was intended] that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.68You will always have the poor among you,7 but you will not always have me."9
Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.810
So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well,
for on account of him9 many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.10