John 12:1–9

Mary Anoints Jesus

1 aJesus, therefore, six days before bthe Passover, came to cBethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

2 So they made Him a supper there, and aMartha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.

3 aMary then took a 1pound of very costly bperfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4 But aJudas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to 1betray Him, * said,

5 “Why was this perfume not sold for 1three hundred denarii and given to poor people?

6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he ahad the money box, he used to pilfer bwhat was put into it.

7 Therefore Jesus said, Let her alone, so that she may keep 1it for athe day of My burial.

8 aFor you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”

9 The alarge crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, bwhom He raised from the dead.

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