John 12:5
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages."

New Living Translation
"That perfume was worth a year's wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor."

English Standard Version
“Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

Berean Study Bible
"Why wasn't this perfume sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?"

Berean Literal Bible
"Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"

New American Standard Bible
"Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?"

King James Bible
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why wasn't this fragrant oil sold for 300 denarii and given to the poor?"

International Standard Version
"Why wasn't this perfume sold for 300 denarii and the money given to the destitute?"

NET Bible
"Why wasn't this oil sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?"

New Heart English Bible
"Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Why was not this oil sold for 300 denarii and given to the poor?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Why wasn't this perfume sold for a high price and the money given to the poor?"

New American Standard 1977
“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to poor people?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarius and given to the poor?

King James 2000 Bible
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

American King James Version
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

American Standard Version
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred shillings, and given to the poor?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

Darby Bible Translation
Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?

English Revised Version
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

Weymouth New Testament
"Why was not that perfume sold for 300 shillings and the money given to the poor?"

World English Bible
"Why wasn't this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?"

Young's Literal Translation
'Wherefore was not this ointment sold for three hundred denaries, and given to the poor?'
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.
Study Bible
Mary Anoints Jesus
4But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray Him, asked, 5“Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money bag, he used to take from what was put into it.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:28
But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe me.'

John 12:4
But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray Him, asked,

John 12:6
Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money bag, he used to take from what was put into it.

John 13:29
Since Judas kept the money bag, some thought that Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the feast, or to give something to the poor.
Treasury of Scripture

Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

was.

Exodus 5:8,17 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, you shall …

Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and …

Malachi 1:10-13 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Matthew 26:8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what …

Mark 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, …

Luke 6:41 And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but perceive …

three hundred.

John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient …

Matthew 20:2 And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent …

Mark 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and …

and given.

Matthew 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Luke 12:33 Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which …

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

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