John 12:3
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New International Version
Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

New Living Translation
Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus' feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

English Standard Version
Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Berean Study Bible
Then Mary took about a pint of expensive perfume, made of pure nard, and anointed Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore Mary, having taken a litra of fragrant oil of pure nard, of great price, anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

New American Standard Bible
Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume 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.

King James Bible
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Mary took a pound of fragrant oil--pure and expensive nard--anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped His feet with her hair. So the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

International Standard Version
Mary took a litron of very expensive perfume made of pure nard and anointed Jesus' feet. She wiped his feet with her hair, and the house became filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

NET Bible
Then Mary took three quarters of a pound of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus. She then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Maryam took an alabaster vase of ointment of the best Indian spikenard, very expensive, and she anointed the feet of Yeshua and wiped his feet with her hair and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mary took a bottle of very expensive perfume made from pure nard and poured it on Jesus' feet. Then she dried his feet with her hair. The fragrance of the perfume filled the house.

New American Standard 1977
Mary therefore took a pound of very costly perfume 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Mary took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

King James 2000 Bible
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

American King James Version
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

American Standard Version
Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Darby Bible Translation
Mary therefore, having taken a pound of ointment of pure nard of great price, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

English Revised Version
Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Mary took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

Weymouth New Testament
Availing herself of the opportunity, Mary took a pound weight of pure spikenard, very costly, and poured it over His feet, and wiped His feet with her hair, so that the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

World English Bible
Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.

Young's Literal Translation
Mary, therefore, having taken a pound of ointment of spikenard, of great price, anointed the feet of Jesus and did wipe with her hair his feet, and the house was filled from the fragrance of the ointment.
Study Bible
Mary Anoints Jesus
2So they hosted a dinner for Jesus there. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him. 3Then Mary took about a pint of expensive perfume, made of pure nard, and anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray Him, asked,…
Word Study

Therefore
oun (Conj)
Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

Or Mariam of Hebrew origin; Maria or Mariam, the name of six Christian females.

(a) I receive, get, (b) I take, lay hold of.

A Roman pound, of about twelve ounces. Of Latin origin; a pound in weight.

of fragrant oil
myrou (N-GNS)
Anointing-oil, ointment. Probably of foreign origin; "myrrh", i.e. perfumed oil.

Genuine, pure (of ointment), trustworthy. From pistis; trustworthy, i.e. Genuine.

Spikenard, a perfume made originally from a plant growing on the Himalayas. Of foreign origin; "nard".

of great price,
polytimou (Adj-GFS)
Of great value, very costly, very precious. From polus and time; extremely valuable.

To anoint: festivally, in homage, medicinally, or in anointing the dead. To oil.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

The foot. A primary word; a "foot".

Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

And, even, also, namely.

To wipe, wipe (off) thoroughly. From ek and the base of massaomai; to knead out, i.e. to wipe dry.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

The foot. A primary word; a "foot".

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

Hair (of the head or of animals). Genitive case trichos, etc. of uncertain derivation; hair.

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

From oikos; properly, residence, but usually an abode; by implication, a family.

From pleres; to make replete, i.e. to cram, level up, or to furnish, satisfy, execute, finish, verify, etc.

From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A smell, odor, savor. From ozo; fragrance.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Anointing-oil, ointment. Probably of foreign origin; "myrrh", i.e. perfumed oil.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:1-11 Christ had formerly blamed Martha for being troubled with much serving. But she did not leave off serving, as some, who when found fault with for going too far in one way, peevishly run too far another way; she still served, but within hearing of Christ's gracious words. Mary gave a token of love to Christ, who had given real tokens of his love to her and her family. God's Anointed should be our Anointed. Has God poured on him the oil of gladness above his fellows, let us pour on him the ointment of our best affections. In Judas a foul sin is gilded over with a plausible pretence. We must not think that those do no acceptable service, who do it not in our way. The reigning love of money is heart-theft. The grace of Christ puts kind comments on pious words and actions, makes the best of what is amiss, and the most of what is good. Opportunities are to be improved; and those first and most vigorously, which are likely to be the shortest. To consult to hinder the further effect of the miracle, by putting Lazarus to death, is such wickedness, malice, and folly, as cannot be explained, except by the desperate enmity of the human heart against God. They resolved that the man should die whom the Lord had raised to life. The success of the gospel often makes wicked men so angry, that they speak and act as if they hoped to obtain a victory over the Almighty himself.
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:3
"Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.

Song of Solomon 1:12
"While the king was at his table, My perfume gave forth its fragrance.

Mark 14:3
While Jesus was in Bethany reclining at the table in the home of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke open the jar and poured it on Jesus' head.

Luke 7:37
When a sinful woman from that town learned that Jesus was dining there, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume.

Luke 10:39
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet, listening to His message.

Luke 10:42
But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her."

John 11:2
(Mary, whose brother Lazarus was sick, was later to anoint the Lord with perfume and wipe His feet with her hair.)

John 19:39
Nicodemus, who had previously come to Jesus at night, also brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.
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Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

took.

John 11:2,28,32 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped …

Matthew 26:6,7 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper…

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat…

Luke 10:38,39 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village…

ointment.

Psalm 132:2 How he swore to the LORD, and vowed to the mighty God of Jacob;

Songs 1:12 While the king sits at his table, my spikenard sends forth the smell thereof.

Songs 4:10,13,14 How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your …

spikenard. Spikenard is a highly aromatic plant growing in India, whence was made a very valuable unguent or perfume, used at the ancient baths and feasts. It is identified by Sir W. Jones with the sumbul of the Persians and Arabs, and jatamansi of the Hindoos; and he considers it a species of the valerian, of the triandria monogynia class of plants. The root is from three to twelve inches long, fibrous, sending up above the earth between thirty and forty ears or spikes, from which it has its name; stem, lower part perennial, upper part herbaceous, sub-erect, simple, from six to twelve inches long; leaves entire, smooth, fourfold, the inner radical pair petioled and cordate, the rest sessile and lanceolate; pericarp, a single seed crowned with a pappus.

anointed.

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat…

Luke 7:37,38,46 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew …

filled.

Songs 1:3 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment …

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