55 Now (A)the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and (B)many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover (C)to purify themselves. 56 (D)They were looking for[a] Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

12 Six days before (E)the Passover, (F)Jesus therefore came to Bethany, (G)where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. (H)Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. (I)Mary therefore took a pound[b] of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii[c] and (J)given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and (K)having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it[d] for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus[e] was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, (L)whom he had raised from the dead. 10 (M)So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because (N)on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

Footnotes

  1. John 11:56 Greek were seeking for
  2. John 12:3 Greek litra; a litra (or Roman pound) was equal to about 11 1/2 ounces or 327 grams
  3. John 12:5 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
  4. John 12:7 Or Leave her alone; she intended to keep it
  5. John 12:9 Greek he

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

(A)Now when Jesus was at (B)Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,[a] a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and (C)given to the poor.” 10 But (D)Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For (E)you always have the poor with you, but (F)you will not always have me. 12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it (G)to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly, I say to you, wherever (H)this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told (I)in memory of her.”

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  1. Matthew 26:6 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

(A)And while he was at (B)Bethany 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. 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[b] and (C)given to the poor.” And they (D)scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For (E)you always have the poor with you, and whenever (F)you want, you can do good for them. But (G)you will not always have me. (H)She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand (I)for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever (J)the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told (K)in memory of her.”

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 14:3 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  2. Mark 14:5 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

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