Matthew 26:11
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New International Version
The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.

New Living Translation
You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.

English Standard Version
For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.

New American Standard Bible
"For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.

King James Bible
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.

International Standard Version
You'll always have the destitute with you, but you'll not always have me.

NET Bible
For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you have the poor always with you, but you do not have me always.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me with you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For ye have the poor always with you, but me ye have not always.

King James 2000 Bible
For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

American King James Version
For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

American Standard Version
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the poor you have always with you: but me you have not always.

Darby Bible Translation
For ye have the poor always with you, but me ye have not always.

English Revised Version
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

Webster's Bible Translation
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

Weymouth New Testament
The poor you always have with you, but me you have not always.

World English Bible
For you always have the poor with you; but you don't always have me.

Young's Literal Translation
for the poor always ye have with you, and me ye have not always;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Ye have the poor always with you. St. Mark adds, "and whensoever ye will ye may do them good." This was in strict accordance with the old Law: "The poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy in thy land" (Deuteronomy 15:11). The existence of poor gives scope for the exercise of the graces of charity, benevolence, and self-denial; and such opportunities will never be wanting while the world lasts. Me ye have not always; i.e. in bodily presence. When he speaks of being with his Church always to the end, he is speaking of his Divine presence. His human body, his body of humiliation, was removed from the sight and touch of men, and he could no longer be received and welcomed and succoured as heretofore. In a different and far more effectual mode he would visit his faithful servants by a spiritual presence which should never fail or be withdrawn. To the objectors he would say, "You will no longer have opportunity of honouring me in my human form; why, then, do you grudge the homage now paid me for the last time?"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For ye have the poor always with you,.... This is said in answer to the objection of the disciples, that the ointment might have been sold, and the money given to the poor. Christ seems to have respect to Deuteronomy 15:11, and which, agreeably to the sense of the Jews, refers to the times of the Messiah: for they say (h),

"there is no difference between this world (this present time) and the times of the Messiah, but the subduing of kingdoms only; as it is said, Deuteronomy 15:11, "for the poor shall never cease out of the land": the gloss on it is, from hence it may be concluded, that therefore, "for ever there will be poverty, and riches".''

Our Lord's words also show, that there will be always poor persons in the world; that there will be always such with his people, and in his churches; for God has chosen, and he calls such by his grace; so that men may always have opportunities of showing kindness and respect to such objects: in Mark it is added, "and whensoever ye will ye may do them good", Mark 14:7; by relieving their wants, and distributing to their necessities:

but me ye have not always; referring not to his divine and spiritual presence, which he has promised to his people, churches, and ministers, to the end of the world, but to his corporeal presence; for he was to be but a little while with them, and then go to the Father; be taken up to heaven, where he now is, and will be until the restitution of all things; so that the time was very short in which any outward respect could be shown to him in person, as man.

(h) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 63. 1.



Matthew 26:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
10But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. 11"For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. 12"For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:11
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

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

Mark 14:7
The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.

John 12:8
You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."
Treasury of Scripture

For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

ye have.

Matthew 25:34-40,42-45 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Deuteronomy 15:11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command …

Mark 14:7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you …

John 12:8 For the poor always you have with you; but me you have not always.

Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which …

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

but.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek …

John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: …

John 16:5,28 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, …

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and …

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things…

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