Mark 14:1–9


14 Itbo was two days before the Passoverbp and the Festivalbq of Unleavened Bread.br The chief priests and the scribesbs were looking for a cunningbt way to arrest Jesus and kill him.bu “Not during the festival,” they said, “so that there won’t be a riot among the people.”


Whilea he was in Bethanyb at the house of Simon the leper,* c as he was reclining at the table,d a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured it on his head.e But some were expressing indignation to one another: “Why has this perfume been wasted? For this perfume might have been sold for more than three hundred denariiB,f and given to the poor.”g And they began to scold her.

Jesus replied, Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a noble thingh for me. You always have the poori with you, and you can do what is good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have me.j She has done what she could; she has anointed my bodyk in advance for burial.l Truly I tell you,m wherever the gospeln is proclaimed in the whole world,o what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

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