Mark 14:3-9 New International Version

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

3  While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. 4  Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this waste of perfume? 5  It could have been sold for more than a year's wages[1] and the money given to the poor." And they rebuked her harshly. 6  "Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7  The poor you will always have with you,[2]and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8  She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9  Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."


Footnotes

[1] 14:5 Greek "than three hundred denarii"

[2] 14:7 See Deut. 15:11.

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