Matthew 26:6

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper,

Matthew 26:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
ESV
6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
NLT
6 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy.
MSG
6 When Jesus was at Bethany, a guest of Simon the Leper,
CSB
6 While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had a serious skin disease,

Matthew 26:6 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 26:6

Now when Jesus was in Bethany
Which was about fifteen furlongs from Jerusalem, ( John 11:18 ) , or about two miles from it. The time of Christ's death being at hand, he keeps nigh to Jerusalem, where he was to suffer and die, in the room and stead of sinners:

in the house of Simon the leper;
so called, to distinguish him from others of the name. This epithet was either a family one, some person of note in it having been a leper; or else he is so named, because he himself had been one, but was now cured; though the reason interpreters give for this, that otherwise he would not have been suffered to live in a town, is not a good one; for lepers, according to the Jewish F2 canons, were only forbid Jerusalem, and towns and cities that were walled round, and not others, such as the village of Bethany. There were many lepers healed by Christ, which, among other things, was an evidence of his being the Messiah, and a proof of his deity, and this Simon was one of them; whether the same mention is made of in ( Matthew 8:1 ) , is not certain, nor very probable; since that man lived in Galilee, at, or near Capernaum; this at Bethany, near Jerusalem: however, he was one of those lepers that had a sense of his mercy, and was grateful for it, as appears by his entertaining Christ at his house; and may teach us thankfulness to Christ, who has healed all our diseases; and particularly, the spreading leprosy of sin, with which all the powers and faculties of our souls were infected; and which was not in our own power, or any creature's, to cure, but his blood cleanses from it: and it may be observed, that Christ goes in and dwells with such whom he heals, and with such he is always welcome.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Misn. Celim, c. 1. sect. 7. Maimon. Beth Hamikdash, c. 3. sect. 8.

Matthew 26:6 In-Context

4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.
5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper,
7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Matthew 21:17