Mark 14:3-9 (New International Version)

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3 While he was in Bethany,1 reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.2 4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year's wagesa and the money given to the poor." And they rebuked her harshly. 6 "Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want.3 But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.4 9 I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world,5 what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
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