Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

John 12

1 Six days before i the Passover, j Jesus therefore came to Bethany, k where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. l Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 m Mary therefore took a pound 1 of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii 2 and n given to the poor?" 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and n having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, "Leave her alone, so that she may keep it 3 for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

  1. Cross References
    John 12:12
    The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
    John 12:20
    Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
    John 11:55
    Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves.
  2. Cross References
    John 12:1 - 8
    Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
    Matthew 26:6 - 11
    Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper.
    Mark 14:3 - 8
    And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
  3. Cross References
    John 11:1
    Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
  4. Cross References
    Luke 10:38
    Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.
    Luke 10:40
    But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.
  5. Cross References
    Luke 7:37 - 38
    And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment.
  6. Cross References
    John 13:29
    Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, "Buy what we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor.
  7. Cross References
    John 12:5
    "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"
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