Matthew 26:12
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New International Version
When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

New Living Translation
She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial.

English Standard Version
In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.

Berean Study Bible
By pouring this perfume on Me, she has prepared My body for burial.

Berean Literal Bible
For this woman, in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, did it for My burial.

New American Standard Bible
"For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.

King James Bible
For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she has prepared Me for burial.

International Standard Version
When she poured this perfume on my body, she was preparing me for burial.

NET Bible
When she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

New Heart English Bible
For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But she who has poured this ointment on my body has done it as for my burial.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She poured this perfume on my body before it is placed in a tomb.

New American Standard 1977
“For when she poured this perfume upon My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For in that she has poured this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare for my burial.

King James 2000 Bible
For in that she has poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

American King James Version
For in that she has poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

American Standard Version
For in that she poured this ointment upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For she in pouring this ointment upon my body, hath done it for my burial.

Darby Bible Translation
For in pouring out this ointment on my body, she has done it for my burying.

English Revised Version
For in that she poured this ointment upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

Webster's Bible Translation
For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

Weymouth New Testament
In pouring this ointment over me, her object was to prepare me for burial.

World English Bible
For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

Young's Literal Translation
for she having put this ointment on my body -- for my burial she did it.
Study Bible
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
11The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me. 12By pouring this perfume on Me, she has prepared My body for burial. 13Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached in all the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”…
Cross References
Genesis 50:2
Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.

Mark 14:8
She has done what she could to anoint My body in advance of My burial.

John 12:7
"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "She was intended to keep this perfume to prepare for the day of My burial.

John 19:40
They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom.
Treasury of Scripture

For in that she has poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

2 Chronicles 16:14 And they buried him in his own sepulchers, which he had made for …

Mark 14:8 She has done what she could: she is come beforehand to anoint my …

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother …

Luke 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested …

Luke 24:1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they …

John 12:7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying has she kept this.

John 19:39,40 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by …

(12) She did it for my burial.--The words must have fallen with a strange sadness upon the ears of the disciples and the other guests. They were expecting that "the kingdom of God should immediately appear" (Luke 19:11), and were looking forward to the dawn of the next day as the hour of its victory and triumph. The enthusiasm of the moment made them deaf to the real import of what they heard, and their Master, alone of all that company, knew that the fragrance of that perfume would not have died away when His body should be laid in the sepulchre.

Verse 12. - On my body, she did it for my burial (πρὸς τὸ ἐνταφιάσαι με, to prepare me for burial). This doubtless was in some sort her intention (see on ver 10). She desired to offer what she could (Mark 14:8) of the offices and attentions due to the corpse of a beloved and revered Friend. Christ interpreted her act, and gave it a solemn significance. By this effusion of the precious unguent site anticipated the embalming of the Lord's body; she showed her reverence for that body which was to be given for the life of the world not many days hence. The full meaning of the mystery of which she was the instrument Mary did not comprehend, but what she had consciously done received a wonderful commendation from the Lord, which has no parallel in the Gospel history. For in that she hath poured this ointment,.... Which was so very precious, and cost so much,

upon my body: for being poured on his head, it ran down all over his body.

She did it for my burial; not for the interment of his body, but for the embalming of it, previous to it: the Jews used to embalm their dead, to show their constant respect to the deceased, and their belief of the resurrection; at least not only used to wash them, but anoint them with oil; for so runs one of their canons (i):

"they do all things necessary to the dead, (i.e. on the sabbath day,) "they anoint him": that is, as Bartenora adds, "with oil"; and they wash him;''

but the body of Christ, when dead, was not to be so used: the women intended it, and prepared materials for it, but the sabbath coming on, they rested according to the commandment; though, according to this canon, they might have anointed him, but they waited till the sabbath was over; and early on the first day, in the morning, they came to the sepulchre, in order to do it, but it was too late, Christ was risen; see Luke 23:56. Now either this woman had some revelation made to her, that the death of Christ was near at hand, and she feared, or knew, she should not be able to anoint him when dead; and therefore, as Mark has it, "she hath done what she could; she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying", Mark 14:8, or if she had no knowledge of all this, nor any such intention, yet the Holy Ghost directed her to this action, with this view, as it were, for the performing of these funeral rites before he was dead; and so the Syriac version renders it, "she hath done it, , as it were, to bury me".

(i) Misn. Sabbat, c. 23. sect. 5. 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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