14 Now the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him;2 for they were saying, “Not during the festival, otherwise there might be a riot of the people.”
3 While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure [a]nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.4 But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted?5 For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred [b]denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her.6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me.7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.8 She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial.9 Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to [c]betray Him to them.11 They were glad when they heard this, and promised to give him money. And he began seeking how to betray Him at an opportune time.
Mark 14:3An aromatic oil extracted from an East Indian plant
Mark 14:5The denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages
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