John 12:5
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English Standard Version
“Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

King James Bible
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

American Standard Version
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred shillings, and given to the poor?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

English Revised Version
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

Weymouth New Testament
"Why was not that perfume sold for 300 shillings and the money given to the poor?"

John 12:5 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Three hundred pence (τριακοσίων δηναρίων)

Or three hundred denarii. On the denarius, see on Matthew 20:2. Mark says more than three hundred pence. Three hundred denarii would be about fifty dollars, or twice that amount if we reckon according to the purchasing power.

The poor (πτωχοῖς)

See on Matthew 5:3. No article: to poor people.

John 12:5 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

was.

Exodus 5:8,17 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, you shall lay on them; you shall not diminish ought thereof...

Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small...

Malachi 1:10-13 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? neither do you kindle fire on my altar for nothing...

Matthew 26:8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Mark 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?

Luke 6:41 And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but perceive not the beam that is in your own eye?

three hundred.

John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

Matthew 20:2 And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

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Mark 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

and given.

Matthew 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Luke 12:33 Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not...

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one thing: sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor...

Cross References
Matthew 18:28
But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, 'Pay what you owe.'

John 12:4
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said,

John 12:6
He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.

John 13:29
Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, "Buy what we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor.

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