11.13 Jesus Was Pre-Anointed for Burial

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Oct 17 11.13 At Bethany, Jesus was guest in Simon the Lepers home where Martha served him a dinner. Lazarus was among the guests. Then Mary took an alabaster bottle of very costly perfume and anointed1 Jesus feet and wiped them with her hair, so filling the house with fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who later betrayed him, protested, “Why waste this perfume that can be sold for three hundred daily wages, and the money given to the poor?” Not that he cared, but he kept the purse and stole from it for his own use.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did well by her

pre-anointing2 me for burial. The poor you always have with you, but not me. Truly I say, wherever the good news is preached worldwide, what she did will be told in her remembrance.”