John 12:1-26 World English Bible

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12 1  Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2  So they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him. 3  Mary, therefore, took a pound [1] of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. 4  Then Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, said, 5  “Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, [2] and given to the poor?” 6  Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it. 7  But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial. 8  For you always have the poor with you, but you don’t always have me.”

The Plot against Lazarus

9  A large crowd therefore of the Jews learned that he was there, and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 10  But the chief priests conspired to put Lazarus to death also, 11  because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

12  On the next day a great multitude had come to the feast. When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13  they took the branches of the palm trees, and went out to meet him, and cried out, “Hosanna [3]! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, [4] the King of Israel!” 14  Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. As it is written, 15  “Don’t be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey’s colt.” [5] 16  His disciples didn’t understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. 17  The multitude therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead, was testifying about it. 18  For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign. 19  The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him.”

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20  Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast. 21  These, therefore, came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22  Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew came with Philip, and they told Jesus. 23  Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24  Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25  He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. 26  If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.


Footnotes

[1] 12:3 a Roman pound of 12 ounces, or about 340 grams

[2] 12:5 300 denarii was about a year’s wages for an agricultural laborer.

[3] 12:13 “Hosanna” means “save us” or “help us, we pray.”

[4] 12:13 Psalm 118:25-26

[5] 12:15 Zechariah 9:9

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