434-435 : The Supper At Bethany
NOW the Jews' passover was near at hand,
and many went out of the country up to Jerusalern before the passover, to purify themselves.
There they looked for Jesus and spoke among themselves, as they stood in the temple,
"What do you think? Do you believe that he will not come to the feast?"
For both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment that,
if any man knew where he was, he should announce it, that they might seize him.
Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was whom he had raised from the dead.
There they made him a supper, and Martha served.
But Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
Mary took a pound of perfume of pure nard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus,
and wiped his feet with her hair.
And the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Then said one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who was to betray him,
"Why was not this perfume sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?"
This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief,
and had the money bag and would take what was put in it.
Then Jesus said, "let her alone. For the day of my burying has she kept this.
The poor you always have with you, but me you do not have always."
Many people knew that he was there, and they came not only for Jesus' sake,
but that they might see lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
But the chief priests consulted together in order that they might put Lazarus also to death,
because he was the cause of many of the Jews going away from them, and believing in Jesus.
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