1When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples,
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"2You know that after two days 3the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be 4handed over for crucifixion."
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5Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in 6the court of the high priest, named 7Caiaphas;
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and they 8plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him.
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But they were saying, "Not during the festival, 9otherwise a riot might occur among the people."
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10Now when Jesus was in 11Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper,
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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.
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But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, "Why this waste?
"For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor."
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.
"For you always have 13the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.
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"For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it 14to prepare Me for burial.
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"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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16Then one of the twelve, named 17Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
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and said, "What are you willing to give me to 18betray Him to you?" And 19they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
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From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.
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20Now on the first day of 21Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?"
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And He said, "Go into the city to 22a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "23My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples."' "
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The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
24Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples.
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