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Matthew 26:1-13 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Chief Priests and Elders Plot to Kill Jesus

1 And it happened that when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2 "You know that after two days the Passover takes place, and the Son of Man will be handed overa in order to be crucified." 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas, 4 and plotted in order that they could arrest Jesus by stealth and kill [him].b 5 But they were saying, "Not during the feast, so that there will not be an uproar among the people."

Jesus’ Anointing at Bethany

6 Now [while]c Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came up to him holding an alabaster flask of very expensive perfumed oil, and poured [it]d out on his head [while he]e was reclining at table. 8 And [when]f the disciples saw [it]g they were indignant, saying, "{Why}h this waste? 9 For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor!" 10 But Jesus, knowing [this],i said to them, "Why do you cause trouble for the woman? For she has done a good deed for me. 11 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me. 12 For [when]j this woman poured this ointment on my body, she did [it]k in order to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her."
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