John 12:5

5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.a

Read John 12:5 Using Other Translations

Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
"Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"
“That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.”

What does John 12:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 12:5

Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence
Meaning Roman pence, one of which is, of the value of our money, seven pence halfpenny; so that three hundred pence amount to nine pounds seven shillings and six pence:

and given to the poor?
this was his pretence, and with which he covered himself; his uneasiness was, because it was not sold, and the money put into his hands, as appears by what follows.

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