2. Being Conspired Against, Betrayed, and Loved
1 1Now the aPassover and the Feast of bUnleavened Bread were ctwo days away. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to dseize Him by craftiness and ekill Him,
2 For they said, Not at the feast, lest there be a atumult by the people.
3 1And while He was in aBethany in the bhouse of Simon the cleper, as He reclined at table, a woman came, having an alabaster flask of ointment, of very costly pure nard, and she broke the alabaster flask and poured it over His head.
4 But there were some who were indignantly commenting among themselves: Why has this waste of the ointment 1been made?
5 For this ointment could have been sold for over athree hundred 1denarii and given to the bpoor. And they were infuriated with her.
6 But Jesus said, Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a noble deed on Me.
7 For you always have the apoor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you do not always have 1Me.
8 1She has done what she could; she has 2anointed My body beforehand for the aburial.
9 And truly I say to you, Wherever the gospel is 1proclaimed in the whole aworld, what this woman has done shall also be told as a bmemorial of her.
10 And aJudas Iscariot, one of the btwelve, went off to the chief priests to cdeliver Him up to them.
11 And when they heard this, they rejoiced and promised to give him 1money. And he sought a way to 2deliver Him up opportunely.