Matthew 26:6
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New International Version
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper,

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy.

English Standard Version
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,

Berean Study Bible
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the leper,

Berean Literal Bible
And of Jesus having been in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,

New American Standard Bible
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper,

King James Bible
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had a serious skin disease,

International Standard Version
While Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper,

NET Bible
Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,

New Heart English Bible
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when Yeshua was in Bethany in the House of Shimeon the Potter,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon, a man who had suffered from a skin disease.

New American Standard 1977
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

King James 2000 Bible
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

American King James Version
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

American Standard Version
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper,

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus being in Bethany, in Simon the leper's house,

English Revised Version
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Webster's Bible Translation
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Weymouth New Testament
Now when Jesus was come to Bethany and was at the house of Simon the Leper,

World English Bible
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus having been in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
Study Bible
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
5“But not during the feast,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” 6While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the leper, 7a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He reclined at the table.…
Cross References
Matthew 21:17
Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where He spent the night.

Mark 14:3
While Jesus was in Bethany reclining at the table in the home of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke open the jar and poured it on Jesus' head.

Luke 7:37
When a sinful woman from that town learned that Jesus was dining there, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume.

John 12:1
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, the hometown of Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.
Treasury of Scripture

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

in Bethany.

Matthew 21:17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

Mark 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

John 11:1,2 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of …

John 12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus …

Simon.

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat…

(6) Now when Jesus was in Bethany.--The narrative is given out of its proper order on account of its connection (as indicated in St. John's record) with the act of the Traitor. St. John fixes it (John 12:1) at six days before the Passover, i.e., on the evening that preceded the entry into Jerusalem. It was, therefore, a feast such as Jews were wont to hold at the close of the Sabbath.

In the house of Simon the leper.--Of the man so described we know nothing beyond the fact thus mentioned. It is not likely, had he been a leper at the time, that men would have gathered to a feast at his house, and it is natural to infer that our Lord had healed him, but that the name still adhered to him to distinguish him from other Simons. We learn from St. John (John 12:2) that Lazarus was there, and that Martha, true to her character, was busy "serving." The Twelve were also there, and probably many others. The incident that follows is narrated by all the Evangelists except St. Luke, who may either not have heard it from his informants, or, if he had heard it, may have passed it over as having already recorded a fact of like character (Luke 7:37-40).

Verses 6-13. - The anointing at Bethany. (Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8.) This parenthetical episode is introduced by the two synoptists out of its chronological order, with the view of indicating the immediate cause of Judas's resolution to betray his Master, the issue of which they proceed to narrate (see on ver. 14). This anointing must not be confounded with that related by St. Luke (Luke 7:37, etc.), where the scene, the time, and the actor were different, and the significance was of a very inferior nature. Verse 6. - When Jesus was in Bethany. St. John tells us that the incident took place six days before the Passover, i.e. on the Saturday preceding Palm Sunday. It is St. Matthew's custom to describe events not always in their historical sequence, but according to some logical or spiritual connection which in his mind overrides considerations of time or place. (For Bethany, see on Matthew 21:1.) Simon the leper. Not that he was a leper now, but either the appellation was hereditary, in reference to some such malady inflicted on his family, or he himself, having been cured by Christ, retained the name in memory of his cleansing. So St. Matthew is called "the publican" after he had relinquished his obnoxious business (Matthew 10:3), and the revived man is termed "the dead" (Luke 7:15). The frequency of the name Simon among the Jews rendered the addition of a surname expedient; thus we have Simon the Cananite, Simon the tanner, Simon Bar-john, etc. Nothing certain is known about this person. Tradition makes him father of Lazarus or husband of Martha. That he was connected with the holy family of Bethany, either by relationship or close friendship, seems to be well established. Now when Jesus was in Bethany,.... Which was about fifteen furlongs from Jerusalem, John 11:18, or about two miles from it. The time of Christ's death being at hand, he keeps nigh to Jerusalem, where he was to suffer and die, in the room and stead of sinners:

in the house of Simon the leper; so called, to distinguish him from others of the name. This epithet was either a family one, some person of note in it having been a leper; or else he is so named, because he himself had been one, but was now cured; though the reason interpreters give for this, that otherwise he would not have been suffered to live in a town, is not a good one; for lepers, according to the Jewish (b) canons, were only forbid Jerusalem, and towns and cities that were walled round, and not others, such as the village of Bethany. There were many lepers healed by Christ, which, among other things, was an evidence of his being the Messiah, and a proof of his deity, and this Simon was one of them; whether the same mention is made of in Matthew 8:1, is not certain, nor very probable; since that man lived in Galilee, at, or near Capernaum; this at Bethany, near Jerusalem: however, he was one of those lepers that had a sense of his mercy, and was grateful for it, as appears by his entertaining Christ at his house; and may teach us thankfulness to Christ, who has healed all our diseases; and particularly, the spreading leprosy of sin, with which all the powers and faculties of our souls were infected; and which was not in our own power, or any creature's, to cure, but his blood cleanses from it: and it may be observed, that Christ goes in and dwells with such whom he heals, and with such he is always welcome.

(b) Misn. Celim, c. 1. sect. 7. Maimon. Beth Hamikdash, c. 3. sect. 8. 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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