Matthew 26:6-13

6 Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.
8 But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, "Why this waste?
9 For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor."
10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me.
11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
12 By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial.
13 Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her."

Matthew 26:6-13 In-Context

4 and they conspired to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
5 But they said, "Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people."
6 Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.
8 But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, "Why this waste?
9 For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor."
10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me.
11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
12 By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial.
13 Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her."
14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
15 and said, "What will you give me if I betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver.

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. The terms [leper] and [leprosy] can refer to several diseases
  • [b]. Or [gospel]
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