Matthew 26:6-13 New International Version

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6  While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7  a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8  When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. 9  "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor." 10  Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11  The poor you will always have with you,[1]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  Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."


[1] 26:11 See Deut. 15:11.

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