John 12:8
New International Version
You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."

New Living Translation
You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

English Standard Version
For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

Berean Study Bible
The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.”

Berean Literal Bible
For you always have the poor with you, but not always do you have Me."

King James Bible
For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

New King James Version
For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

New American Standard Bible
For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”

NASB 1995
"For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me."

NASB 1977
“For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.”

Amplified Bible
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”

Christian Standard Bible
For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me."

American Standard Version
For the poor ye have always with you; but me ye have not always.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For you have the poor with you always, but you do not have me with you always.”

Contemporary English Version
You will always have the poor with you, but you won't always have me."

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the poor you have always with you; but me you have not always.

English Revised Version
For the poor ye have always with you; but me ye have not always.

Good News Translation
You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me with you."

International Standard Version
because you will always have the destitute with you, but you won't always have me."

Literal Standard Version
for you always have the poor with yourselves, and you do not always have Me.”

NET Bible
For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me!"

New Heart English Bible
For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

Weymouth New Testament
For the poor you always have with you, but you have not me always."

World English Bible
For you always have the poor with you, but you don't always have me."

Young's Literal Translation
for the poor ye have always with yourselves, and me ye have not always.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Mary Anoints Jesus
7“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “She has kept this perfume in preparation for the day of My burial. 8 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.” 9Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews learned that Jesus was there. And they came not only because of Him, but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:11
For there will never cease to be poor in the land; that is why I am commanding you to open wide your hand to your brother and to the poor and needy in your land.

Matthew 26:11
The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.

Mark 14:7
The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them whenever you want. But you will not always have Me.


Treasury of Scripture

For the poor always you have with you; but me you have not always.

the poor.

Deuteronomy 15:11
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

Matthew 26:11
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

Mark 14:7
For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

but.

John 12:35
Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

John 8:21
Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

John 13:33
Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.









(8) This verse occurs word for word in both of the first two Gospels. (See Notes there.)

Verse 8. - This verse is omitted in D, but abundantly attested here. It occurs almost verbatim in Matthew and Mark, and cannot be set aside on the authority of this one eccentric manuscript. For the poor ye have always with you (cf. Deuteronomy 15:11). You will always have opportunity of doing to them, as to representatives of me, what is in your heart of compassion (cf. Matthew 25:40-45). But me, as an object of personal, tangible regard and visible attention, deserving thus and ever the affluence and exuberance of your love, ye have not always; and, though I shall be with you always in my Divine power and Spirit, even unto the end of the world, and though I shall always be with you in the person of the poor and needy, yet in the sense in which this expression of love Can be made, I shall be absent. As though he had said, "After this very night, the opportunity to offer me affectionate attention or symbolic homage, to give expression to feelings in accordance with just presentiments as to my mission, will be over forever, and belong to the irrecoverable past - Now or never! She has done this thing, she will have everlasting remembrance thereby." The frankincense of the Wise Men, the ointment of Mary, the homage of the Greeks, were symbols, and can never be repeated. The greatest motive for generous and affectionate interest in the poor is that they represent the Lord; but they are not to be rivals of the Lord himself. Westcott remarks, "The promise of the future record of the act of love is omitted by the one evangelist who gives the name of the woman who showed this devotion to her Master." Moulton, "The very charity that cares for the poor whom we see has been kept alive by faith in and devotion to the crucified Redeemer whom we cannot see."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
The
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

poor
πτωχοὺς (ptōchous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4434: Poor, destitute, spiritually poor, either in a good sense (humble devout persons) or bad.

you will always have
ἔχετε (echete)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

with
μεθ’ (meth’)
Preposition
Strong's 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

you,
ἑαυτῶν (heautōn)
Reflexive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

{you will} not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

always
πάντοτε (pantote)
Adverb
Strong's 3842: Always, at all times, ever. From pas and hote; every when, i.e. At all times.

have
ἔχετε (echete)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

Me.”
ἐμὲ (eme)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.


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