John 12:1-10 NIV

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12:1-8Ref -- Mt 26:6-13; Mk 14:3-9; Lk 7:37-39

1 Six days before the Passover,1 Jesus arrived at Bethany,2 where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

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2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served,3 while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.

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3 Then Mary took about a pinta of pure nard, an expensive perfume;4 she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair.5 And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

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    • a 12:3 - Greek "a litra" (probably about 0.5 liter)
      4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him,6 objected,

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      5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages.b "

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        • b 12:5 - Greek "three hundred denarii"
          6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag,7 he used to help himself to what was put into it.

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          7 "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "[It was intended] that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.8

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          8 You will always have the poor among you,9 but you will not always have me."

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          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.10

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          10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well,