Mark 14:3-9

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

3 1And while he was at 2Bethany 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 3given to the poor." And they 4scolded her.
6 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
7 For 5you always have the poor with you, and whenever 6you want, you can do good for them. But 7you will not always have me.
8 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand 9for burial.
9 And truly, I say to you, wherever 10the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told 11in memory of her."

Cross References 11

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

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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