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,
for they said, "Not during the feast, 4lest there be an uproar from the people."
5And while he was at 6Bethany 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.
There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that?
For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and 7given to the poor." And they 8scolded her.
But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
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.
12She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand 13for burial.
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."
16Then 17Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, 18went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to 19betray him.