John 12:3
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English Standard Version
Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

King James Bible
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

American Standard Version
Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

English Revised Version
Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Mary took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

Weymouth New Testament
Availing herself of the opportunity, Mary took a pound weight of pure spikenard, very costly, and poured it over His feet, and wiped His feet with her hair, so that the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

John 12:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

A pound (λίτραν)

Only here and John 19:39. Matthew and Mark, ἀλάβαστρον, a flask.

Of spikenard (νάρδου πιστικῆς)

So Mark. See on Mark 14:3.

Very precious (πολυτίμου)

Literally, of much value. Matthew has βαρυτίμου, of weighty value.

Anointed

See on John 11:2.

Feet

The Synoptists mention only the pouring on the head.

John 12:3 Parallel Commentaries

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took.

John 11:2,28,32 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)...

Matthew 26:6,7 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper...

*etc:

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

*etc:

Luke 10:38,39 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village...

ointment.

Psalm 132:2 How he swore to the LORD, and vowed to the mighty God of Jacob;

Songs 1:12 While the king sits at his table, my spikenard sends forth the smell thereof.

Songs 4:10,13,14 How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!...

spikenard. Spikenard is a highly aromatic plant growing in India, whence was made a very valuable unguent or perfume, used at the ancient baths and feasts. It is identified by Sir W. Jones with the sumbul of the Persians and Arabs, and jatamansi of the Hindoos; and he considers it a species of the valerian, of the triandria monogynia class of plants. The root is from three to twelve inches long, fibrous, sending up above the earth between thirty and forty ears or spikes, from which it has its name; stem, lower part perennial, upper part herbaceous, sub-erect, simple, from six to twelve inches long; leaves entire, smooth, fourfold, the inner radical pair petioled and cordate, the rest sessile and lanceolate; pericarp, a single seed crowned with a pappus.

anointed.

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

Luke 7:37,38,46 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house...

filled.

Songs 1:3 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love you.

Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:3
your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you.

Song of Solomon 1:12
While the king was on his couch, my nard gave forth its fragrance.

Mark 14:3
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.

Luke 7:37
And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,

Luke 10:39
And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.

Luke 10:42
but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."

John 11:2
It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.

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