New American Standard Bible
"For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.
King James Bible
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
Darby Bible Translation
For ye have the poor always with you, but me ye have not 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 always ye have with you, and me ye have not always;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For ye have the poor ... - Mark adds, "Whensoever ye will, ye may do them good." It was right that they should regard the poor.
It was a plain precept of religion (see Psalm 41:1; Proverbs 14:21; Proverbs 29:7; Galatians 2:10), and our Saviour would not prohibit it, but do all that was possible to excite his followers to the duty. But every duty should be done in its place, and the duty "then" incumbent was that which Mary had performed. They would afterward have abundant occasion to show their regard for the poor.
Me ye have not always - He alludes here to his dying, and his going away to heaven. He would still be their friend and their Saviour, but would not be physically always present with them, so that they could show kindness "in this way" to him.
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But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.
"For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.
"For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me."
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