Matthew 26:10
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New International Version
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

New Living Translation
But Jesus, aware of this, replied, "Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me?

English Standard Version
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.

Berean Study Bible
Aware of this, Jesus asked, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful deed to Me.

Berean Literal Bible
And Jesus having known, said to them, "Why do you cause trouble to the woman? For she did a beautiful work to Me.

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.

King James Bible
When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a noble thing for Me.

International Standard Version
But knowing this, Jesus asked them, "Why are you bothering the woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me.

NET Bible
When Jesus learned of this, he said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a good service for me.

New Heart English Bible
However, knowing this, Jesus said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? Because she has done a good work for me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yeshua knew and he said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has done a beautiful deed for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since Jesus knew what was going on, he said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me.

New American Standard 1977
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Jesus, understanding this, said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she has wrought a good work upon me.

King James 2000 Bible
When Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why trouble you the woman? for she has worked a good work unto me.

American King James Version
When Jesus understood it, he said to them, Why trouble you the woman? for she has worked a good work on me.

American Standard Version
But Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus knowing it, said to them: Why do you trouble this woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus knowing [it] said to them, Why do ye trouble the woman? for she has wrought a good work toward me.

English Revised Version
But Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

Webster's Bible Translation
When Jesus understood it, he said to them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

Weymouth New Testament
But Jesus heard it, and said to them, "Why are you vexing her? For she has done a most gracious act towards me.

World English Bible
However, knowing this, Jesus said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? Because she has done a good work for me.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus having known, said to them, 'Why do ye give trouble to the woman? for a good work she wrought for me;
Study Bible
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
9This perfume could have been sold at a high price, and the money given to the poor.” 10Aware of this, Jesus asked, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful deed to Me. 11The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:9
This perfume could have been sold at a high price, and the money given to the poor."

Matthew 26:11
The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.

Mark 14:6
But Jesus said, "Leave her alone; why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful deed to Me.

Luke 8:49
While He was still speaking, someone arrived from the house of the synagogue leader. "Your daughter is dead," he told Jairus. "Do not trouble the Teacher anymore."
Treasury of Scripture

When Jesus understood it, he said to them, Why trouble you the woman? for she has worked a good work on me.

Why.

Job 13:7 Will you speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

Mark 14:6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble you her? she has worked …

Luke 7:44-50 And he turned to the woman, and said to Simon, See you this woman? …

Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would …

Galatians 5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

Galatians 6:17 From now on let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks …

a good.

Nehemiah 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good on me; as also …

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

2 Thessalonians 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he …

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel …

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Titus 3:1,8,14 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey …

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

(10) Why trouble ye the woman?--The Greek is more emphatic, "Why are ye giving trouble?" St. Mark uses a word to describe their conduct which explains the verse. "They murmured against her," or better, They were bitterly reproaching her. One after another of the murmurers uttered his bitter remonstrances.

She hath wrought a good work upon me.--The Greek adjective implies something more than "good"--a noble, an honourable work. The Lord Jesus, in His sympathy with all human affections, recognises the love that is lavish in its personal devotion as noble and excellent in itself. After His departure, as the teaching of Matthew 25:40 reminds us, the poor are His chosen representatives, and our offerings to Him are best made through them. How far the words sanction, as they are often urged as sanctioning, a lavish expenditure on the sthetic element of worship, church architecture, ornamentation, and the like, is a question to which it may be well to find an answer. And the leading lines of thought are, (1) that if the motive be love, and not ostentation, He will recognise it, even if it is misdirected; (2) that so far as ostentation, or the wish to gratify our own taste and sense of beauty, enters into it, it is vitiated from the beginning; (3) that the wants of the poor have a prior claim before that gratification. On the other hand, we must remember (1) that the poor have spiritual wants as well as physical; (2) that all well-directed church-building and decoration minister to those wants, and, even in its accessories of form and colour, give to the poor a joy which is in itself an element of culture, and may minister to their religious life by making worship a delight. It is a work of charity thus to lighten up lives that are otherwise dull and dreary, and the true law to guide our conscience in such matters is to place our noblest churches in the districts where the people are the poorest.

Verse 10. - Understood it. Either their murmurs reached Christ's ears, or he divined their thoughts, and proceeded to defend Mary's action and to give a new lesson. Why trouble ye the woman? The disciples, observed Bengel, were really acting offensively to Jesus in thus censuring Mary; but he passes over this, and blames them only in respect of their conduct towards her. Doubtless, their remarks had reached Mary's ears, and annoyed and embarrassed her. For she hath wrought a good work upon (εἰς) me. A work that proved her zeal, reverence, and faith. Mary had always been devout, contemplative, loving. She had learned much at the grave of Lazarus; she was full of gratitude at the wonderful restoration of her brother's life; she had often heard Christ speak of his decease, and knew that it was close at ham], realizing that which the chosen apostles were still slow to believe; so she was minded to make this costly offering. And Christ saw her motive, and graciously accepted it. When Jesus understood it,.... The indignation of his disciples at this action of the woman's; which he might know, as man, partly by their looks, and partly by their words; though without these, as God, he knew the secret indignation, and private resentment of their minds:

he said unto them, why trouble ye the woman? by blaming her, and censuring the action she had done; as it must, no doubt, greatly trouble her to meet with such treatment from the disciples of Christ: had any of the Pharisees blamed her conduct, it would have given her no pain or uneasiness; but that Christ's own disciples should show indignation at an action done by her from a sincere love to Christ, and to do honour to him, must cut her to the heart: and so it is when either ministers of the Gospel, or private believers, are blamed for their honest zeal in the cause of Christ, by any that profess to love him; this grieves them more than all the enemies of religion say or do unto them:

for she hath wrought a good work upon me; upon his body, by pouring the ointment on it: the Persic version reads it, "according to my mind": it was done, in the faith of him, as the Messiah; it sprung from real and sincere love to him, and was designed for his honour and glory; and so had the essentials of a good work in it. This is the first part of our Lord's defence of the woman: he goes on in the next verse. 26:6-13 The pouring ointment upon the head of Christ was a token of the highest respect. Where there is true love in the heart to Jesus Christ, nothing will be thought too good to bestow upon him. The more Christ's servants and their services are cavilled at, the more he manifests his acceptance. This act of faith and love was so remarkable, that it would be reported, as a memorial of Mary's faith and love, to all future ages, and in all places where the gospel should be preached. This prophecy is fulfilled.
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