When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,
"You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified."
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Ca'iaphas,
and took counsel together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be a tumult among the people."
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head, as he sat at table.
But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?
For this ointment might have been sold for a large sum, and given to the poor."
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.
For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
In pouring this ointment on my body she has done it to prepare me for burial.
Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)