Matthew 26:9
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New International Version
"This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."

New Living Translation
"It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor."

English Standard Version
For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.”

Berean Study Bible
This perfume could have been sold at a high price, and the money given to the poor."

Berean Literal Bible
For this could have been sold for much, and have been given to the poor."

New American Standard Bible
"For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor."

King James Bible
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor."

International Standard Version
Surely this perfume could've been sold for a high price and the money given to the destitute."

NET Bible
It could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor!"

New Heart English Bible
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For it would have been possible to sell this for much and it might have been given to the poor.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It could have been sold for a high price, and the money could have been given to the poor."

New American Standard 1977
“For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this ointment might have been sold for much and given to the poor.

King James 2000 Bible
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

American King James Version
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

American Standard Version
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Darby Bible Translation
for this might have been sold for much and been given to the poor.

English Revised Version
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Weymouth New Testament
"for this might have been sold for a considerable sum, and the money given to the poor."

World English Bible
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor."

Young's Literal Translation
for this ointment could have been sold for much, and given to the poor.'
Study Bible
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
8When the disciples saw this, they were indignant and asked, “Why this waste? 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.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:8
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant and asked, "Why this waste?

Matthew 26:10
Aware of this, Jesus asked, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful deed to Me.
Treasury of Scripture

For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Joshua 7:20,21 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against …

1 Samuel 15:9,21 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and …

2 Kings 5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my …

Mark 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and …

John 12:5,6 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor…

2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following …

(9) This ointment might have been sold for much.--St. Mark and St. John agree in giving the Traitor's computation. It might have been sold for three hundred denarii, a labourer's wages for nearly a whole year (Matthew 20:2), enough to feed a multitude of more than 7,500 men (John 6:7). St. John adds the damning fact that the pretended zeal for the poor was the cloak for the irritation of disappointed greed. "He was a thief, and bare the bag." He was, i.e., the treasurer or bursar of the travelling company, received the offerings of the wealthier disciples, and disbursed them either on their necessary expenditure or in alms to the poor (see Notes on John 12:6; John 13:29). This was the "one talent" given to him "according to his ability," and in dealing with it he proved fraudulent and faithless.

Verse 9. - Might have been sold for much. According to St. John, Judas had accurately estimated the value of the ointment at 300 denarii, equal to about £9 of our money. When we remember that one denarius represented the daily wages of a labouring man (Matthew 20:2), we see that the cost was very large. Given to the poor. And this "much" given to the poor. But piety is not shown only in giving alms; the honour of God has a superior claim. And Mary was rich, and quite able to afford this offering without neglecting her almsgiving. "How often does charity serve as a cloak for covetousness! We must not neglect what we owe to Jesus Christ under pretence of what we owe his members. Men count as wasted what is expended in the outer worship of God, when they love neither God nor his worship. Jesus Christ authorizes it by accepting it at the very instant in which he was establishing religion by a worship the most spiritual and inward" (Quesnel). For this ointment might have been sold for much,.... Mark says, "for more than three hundred pence", Mark 14:5, now if this is to be understood of Roman pence, each penny being seven pence half penny of our money, three hundred pence come to nine pounds, seven shillings, and six pence; but if it is to be understood of the penny of the sanctuary, which was one shilling and three pence, they come to just as much more: it might well be called very precious and costly ointment; and this was the reason of the disciples indignation, that so much cost and expense should be thrown away, as they thought, in such a manner, which might have been applied, in their opinion, to a better purpose. For had it been sold for its worth, so much might have been had for it,

and given to the poor; which was a very plausible objection to the action; and which they seem to have taken from Judas, who had made the same, on a like occasion, about four days before this, and he might instigate the disciples now: which shows what mischief an hypocrite may do in a church, and what influence he may have over good men to draw them into his measures, under the specious pretences of carefulness, frugality, and doing good to the poor. It seems our Lord inured his disciples to this good work of relieving the poor: they kept one common purse, and one of them, who was Judas, was appointed the bearer of it; whatever they collected, or was made a present to them, they put into this purse; out of which they were provided with the necessaries of life; and the rest expended on the poor. 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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