Matthew 26:8
New International Version
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked.

New Living Translation
The disciples were indignant when they saw this. "What a waste!" they said.

English Standard Version
And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?

Berean Study Bible
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant and asked, “Why this waste?

Berean Literal Bible
And the disciples having seen, became indignant, saying, "For what purpose is this waste?

New American Standard Bible
But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, "Why this waste?

King James Bible
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Christian Standard Bible
When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked.

Contemporary English Version
But when his disciples saw this, they became angry and complained, "Why such a waste?

Good News Translation
The disciples saw this and became angry. "Why all this waste?" they asked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. "

International Standard Version
But when the disciples saw this, they became irritated and said, "Why this waste?

NET Bible
When the disciples saw this, they became indignant and said, "Why this waste?

New Heart English Bible
But when the disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But his disciples saw it and it displeased them and they said, “Why this waste?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The disciples were irritated when they saw this. They asked, "Why did she waste it like this?

New American Standard 1977
But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when his disciples saw it, they became indignant, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

King James 2000 Bible
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

American King James Version
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

American Standard Version
But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the disciples seeing it, had indignation, saying: To what purpose is this waste?

Darby Bible Translation
But the disciples seeing it became indignant, saying, To what end [was] this waste?

English Revised Version
But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Webster's Bible Translation
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Weymouth New Testament
"Why such waste?" indignantly exclaimed the disciples;

World English Bible
But when his disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?

Young's Literal Translation
And having seen it, his disciples were much displeased, saying, 'To what purpose is this waste?
Study Bible
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
7a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He reclined at the table. 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.”…
Cross References
Matthew 20:24
When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.

Matthew 26:7
a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He reclined at the table.

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

Treasury of Scripture

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

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1 Samuel 17:28,29
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle…

Ecclesiastes 4:4
Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

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

To.

Exodus 5:17
But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.

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, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?

Haggai 1:2-4
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built…







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

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

disciples
μαθηταὶ (mathētai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

saw this,
Ἰδόντες (Idontes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

they were indignant
ἠγανάκτησαν (ēganaktēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 23: To be angry, incensed. From agan and achthos; to be greatly afflicted, i.e. indignant.

and asked,
λέγοντες (legontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

“Why
Εἰς (Eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

this
αὕτη (hautē)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

waste?
ἀπώλεια (apōleia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 684: Destruction, ruin, loss, perishing; eternal ruin. From a presumed derivative of apollumi; ruin or loss.
(8) When his disciples saw it.--There is a singular narrowing of the limits in the three narratives. St. Mark reports that "some had indignation;" St. John (John 12:4), as knowing who had whispered the first word of blame, fixes the uncharitable judgment on "Judas Iscariot, Simon's son." The narrow, covetous soul of the Traitor could see nothing in the lavish gift but a "waste" (literally, perdition) that was matter for reproach. There is something almost terribly suggestive in the fact that our Lord repeats the self-same word when He describes Judas as a "son of perdition" (John 17:12). He had wasted that which was more precious than the ointment of spikenard. He wondered that his Master should accept such an offering. His indignation, partly real, partly affected, was perhaps honestly shared by some of his fellow-disciples, probably by those of the third group, with whom he came most into contact, and of whom we may well think as having a less glowing love, and narrower sympathies than the others.

Verse 8. - When his disciples saw it. St. John states that the objection came originally from Judas. Doubtless, when it was once made, many concurred in it, not, indeed, from Judas's selfish motive (John 12:6), but because they did not clearly apprehend the Divinity of Christ, nor the unspeakable sacredness of that body which was about to be the instrument of man's redemption. To what purpose is this waste (a)pw/leia)? Wordsworth notes that Judas is called υἱὸς ἀπωλείας (John 17:12). A fitting question truly for him to ask! The objectors saw no practical usefulness in the expenditure of this costly substance. If it was thought proper to show respect to their Master, a much inferior oil would have equally effected this purpose, or a few drops of the more precious unguent would have sufficed. So nowadays one hears complaints of money being expended in the rich decoration of churches, etc., when there are starving multitudes whom it would have relieved. But God himself has sanctioned the use of precious materials and of exquisite workmanship in temples built in his honour, and in the accessories of his public worship; the interests of the poor are not overlooked in such expenditure; they who give of their substance for such purposes are just those who feel all their responsibilities, and know that they serve Christ in ministering to his needy members. 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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