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John 12:1-8New Life Version (NLV)

Mary of Bethany Puts Special Perfume on Jesus

12 It was six days before the special religious gathering to remember how the Jews left Egypt. Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus lived. Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. They made supper for Him. Martha put the food on the table. Lazarus was at the table with Him.

Mary took a jar of special perfume that cost much money and poured it on the feet of Jesus. She dried His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the smell of the special perfume.

Judas Iscariot was one of the followers. He was about to hand Jesus over to the leaders of the country. He said, “Why was not this special perfume sold for much money and given to poor people?” He did not say this because he cared for poor people. He said this because he was a robber. He carried the bag of money and would steal some of it for himself. Jesus said, “Let her alone. She has kept it for the time when I will be buried. You will always have poor people with you. You will not always have Me.”

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Copyright © 1969 by Christian Literature International

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