6 Now when Jesus was [back] in Bethany, at the home of [a]Simon the leper,7 a [b]woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very expensive [c]perfume and she poured it on Jesus’ head as He reclined at the table. 8 But when the [d]disciples saw it they were indignant and angry, saying, “Why all this waste [of money]? 9 For this perfume might have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware [of the malice] of this [remark], said to them, “Why are you bothering the woman? She has done a good thing to Me.11 For you always have the poor with you; but you will not always have Me.12 When she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.13 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, wherever this gospel [of salvation] is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her [for her act of love and devotion].”
Matthew 26:6Most likely a man previously healed by Jesus. Otherwise he would not be able to have a home among others in the city.
Matthew 26:7John the Apostle identifies this woman as Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus (Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8). Jesus was anointed in a similar way by an unnamed woman when He was in Galilee dining at the home of Simon the Pharisee (Luke 7:36-40).
Matthew 26:7This was a thick, scented oil (nard) obtained from the root of a flowering plant grown in the Himalayas of Tibet.
Matthew 26:8Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, spoke first denouncing this act of devotion (John 12:4, 5).
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