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Matthew 26:1-13 (New American Standard)

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The Plot to Kill Jesus

1 1When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 2 "2You know that after two days 3the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be 4handed over for crucifixion." 3 5Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in 6the court of the high priest, named 7Caiaphas; 4 and they 8plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him. 5 But they were saying, "Not during the festival, 9otherwise a riot might occur among the people."

The Precious Ointment

6 10Now when Jesus was in 11Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, 7 12a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. 8 But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, "Why this waste? 9 "For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor." 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. 11 "For you always have 13the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. 12 "For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it 14to prepare Me for burial. 13 "Truly I say to you, 15wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."
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