Luke 7:46
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New International Version
You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.

New Living Translation
You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.

English Standard Version
You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

New American Standard Bible
"You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.

King James Bible
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You didn't anoint My head with olive oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.

International Standard Version
You didn't anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with perfume.

NET Bible
You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with perfumed oil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“You did not anoint my head with oil, but this one has anointed my feet with oil of ointment.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You didn't put any olive oil on my head. But she has poured perfume on my feet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou didst not anoint my head with oil; but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment.

King James 2000 Bible
My head with oil you did not anoint: but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment.

American King James Version
My head with oil you did not anoint: but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment.

American Standard Version
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My head with oil thou didst not anoint; but she with ointment hath anointed my feet.

Darby Bible Translation
My head with oil thou didst not anoint, but *she* has anointed my feet with myrrh.

English Revised Version
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Webster's Bible Translation
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Weymouth New Testament
No oil did you pour even on my head; but she has poured perfume upon my feet.

World English Bible
You didn't anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

Young's Literal Translation
with oil my head thou didst not anoint, but this woman with ointment did anoint my feet;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:36-50 None can truly perceive how precious Christ is, and the glory of the gospel, except the broken-hearted. But while they feel they cannot enough express self-abhorrence on account of sin, and admiration of his mercy, the self-sufficient will be disgusted, because the gospel encourages such repenting sinners. The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing in the tokens of the woman's repentance, confined his thoughts to her former bad character. But without free forgiveness none of us can escape the wrath to come; this our gracious Saviour has purchased with his blood, that he may freely bestow it on every one that believes in him. Christ, by a parable, forced Simon to acknowledge that the greater sinner this woman had been, the greater love she ought to show to Him when her sins were pardoned. Learn here, that sin is a debt; and all are sinners, are debtors to Almighty God. Some sinners are greater debtors; but whether our debt be more or less, it is more than we are able to pay. God is ready to forgive; and his Son having purchased pardon for those who believe in him, his gospel promises it to them, and his Spirit seals it to repenting sinners, and gives them the comfort. Let us keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simply depending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be prepared to obey him more zealously, and more strongly to recommend him unto all around us. The more we express our sorrow for sin, and our love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of the forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace make upon a sinner's heart and life, as well as upon his state before God, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in the Lord Jesus!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 46. - My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. "It never entered thy thoughts to pay me the homage - and yet I had helped thee, too, a little - of pouring oil on my head" (this was by no means an unusual mark of respect in the case of an honoured guest; to one who, under the burning sun of Palestine, had walked, perhaps, some distance, this pouring oil over the head was a great comfort and refreshment); "but she hath anointed, not my head, she shrank, poor soul! from doing this; but my feet. And, too, it was no common oil which she used, but precious, fragrant ointment. A cold, loveless welcome, indeed, my Pharisee friend, was thine! Thou thinkest it honour enough the mere admitting the carpenter's Son to thy table; no need of these special tokens of friendship for thy Guest - the water for the feet, the kiss for the face, the oil for the head. It were a pity, surely, for the great world at Jerusalem to look on thee as the friend of the Nazareth Teacher, as on the one Pharisee who loved to honour the Galilaean Reformer."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mine head with oil thou didst not anoint,.... No not with common oil, so usually done at feasts, see Psalm 23:5

but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment; even "with ointment" "of spices", as the Syriac version renders it. There is, throughout the whole account, an opposition between the conduct of Simon, and this woman: he gave him no common water to wash his feet with, she shed floods of tears, and with them bathed his feet, and then wiped them clean with the hairs of her head; he gave him not the usual salutation by kissing his head or lips, but she kissed his feet, and that over and over again; he did not so much as anoint his head with common oil, when she anointed his feet with costly ointment brought in an alabaster box. These several ceremonies to guests were used by their hosts, in other nations, such as washing, anointing, and kissing (c).

(c) Vid. Apuleii Metamorph. i. 1. prope finem.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

46. with oil … not anoint—even common olive oil in contrast with the woman's "ointment" or aromatic balsam. What evidence was thus afforded of any feeling which forgiveness prompts? Our Lord speaks this with delicate politeness, as if hurt at these inattentions of His host, which though not invariably shown to guests, were the customary marks of studied respect and regard. The inference is plain—only one of the debtors was really forgiven, though in the first instance, to give room for the play of withheld feelings, the forgiveness of both is supposed in the parable.

Luke 7:46 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Two Debtors
45"You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46"You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47"For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:20
Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

Psalm 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Psalm 104:15
wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.

Ecclesiastes 9:8
Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil.

Daniel 10:3
I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

Luke 7:47
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little."
Treasury of Scripture

My head with oil you did not anoint: but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment.

Ruth 3:3 Wash yourself therefore, and anoint you, and put your raiment on …

2 Samuel 14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched there a wise woman, and said …

Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you …

Psalm 104:15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face …

Ecclesiastes 9:8 Let your garments be always white; and let your head lack no ointment.

Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, …

Amos 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: …

Micah 6:15 You shall sow, but you shall not reap; you shall tread the olives, …

Matthew 6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

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