Mark 14:1-11

The Plot to Kill Jesus

1 1It was now two days before 2the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes 3were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him,
2 for they said, "Not during the feast, 4lest there be an uproar from the people."

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

3 5And while he was at 6Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,[a] as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that?
5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii[b] and 7given to the poor." And they 8scolded her.
6 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
7 For 9you always have the poor with you, and whenever 10you want, you can do good for them. But 11you will not always have me.
8 12She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand 13for burial.
9 And truly, I say to you, wherever 14the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told 15in memory of her."

Judas to Betray Jesus

10 16Then 17Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, 18went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to 19betray him.

Mark 14:1-11 In-Context

1 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him,
2 for they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people."
3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that?
5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they scolded her.
6 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.
8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.
9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her."
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.
12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?"
13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him,
14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?'
15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us."

Cross References 19

  • 1. For ver. 1, 2, see Matthew 26:2-5; Luke 22:1, 2
  • 2. See John 6:4
  • 3. John 11:53; See Matthew 21:46
  • 4. Matthew 27:24
  • 5. For ver. 3-9, see Matthew 26:6-13; John 12:1-8; [Luke 7:37-39]
  • 6. Matthew 21:17; John 11:18
  • 7. [John 13:29]
  • 8. John 11:33, 38(Gk.)
  • 9. Deuteronomy 15:11
  • 10. [2 Corinthians 9:7]
  • 11. Mark 2:20; See John 7:33
  • 12. [Mark 12:43; Luke 21:3; 2 Corinthians 8:12]
  • 13. John 19:40
  • 14. [Matthew 24:14]
  • 15. Acts 10:4
  • 16. For ver. 10, 11, see Matthew 26:14-16; Luke 22:3-6; [John 13:2, 27, 30]
  • 17. Mark 3:19; Matthew 27:3; Acts 1:16; [John 6:71; John 12:4]
  • 18. Mark 3:19; Matthew 27:3; Acts 1:16; [John 6:71; John 12:4]
  • 19. See Matthew 20:18, 19

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  • [b]. A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
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