Mark 12:39-44 NIV

39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.

References for Mark 12:39

40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.

References for Mark 12:41

42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

References for Mark 12:44

Study tools for Mark 12:39-44

  • a 12:11 - Psalm 118:22,23
  • b 12:14 - A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
  • c 12:23 - Some manuscripts "resurrection, when people rise from the dead,"
  • d 12:26 - Exodus 3:6
  • e 12:29 - Or "The Lord our God is one Lord"
  • f 12:30 - Deut. 6:4,5
  • g 12:31 - Lev. 19:18
  • h 12:36 - Psalm 110:1