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Mark 14:1-11 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In only two days the eight-day Festival of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread would begin. The high priests and religion scholars were looking for a way they could seize Jesus by stealth and kill him. 1 Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill him.
2 They agreed that it should not be done during Passover Week. "We don't want the crowds up in arms," they said. 2 "But not during the Feast," they said, "or the people may riot."
3 Jesus was at Bethany, a guest of Simon the Leper. While he was eating dinner, a woman came up carrying a bottle of very expensive perfume. Opening the bottle, she poured it on his head. 3 While he was in Bethany, 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.
4 Some of the guests became furious among themselves. "That's criminal! A sheer waste! 4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this waste of perfume?
5 This perfume could have been sold for well over a year's wages and handed out to the poor." They swelled up in anger, nearly bursting with indignation over her. 5 It could have been sold for more than a year's wages and the money given to the poor." And they rebuked her harshly.
6 But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why are you giving her a hard time? She has just done something wonderfully significant for me. 6 "Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
7 You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of your lives. Whenever you feel like it, you can do something for them. Not so with me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.
8 She did what she could when she could - she pre-anointed my body for burial. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.
9 And you can be sure that wherever in the whole world the Message is preached, what she just did is going to be talked about admiringly." 9 I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
10 Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the cabal of high priests, determined to betray him. 10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.
11 They couldn't believe their ears, and promised to pay him well. He started looking for just the right moment to hand him over. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.