New American Standard Bible
"For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor."
King James Bible
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
Darby Bible Translation
for this might have been sold for much and been given to the poor.
World English Bible
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor."
Young's Literal Translation
for this ointment could have been sold for much, and given to the poor.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Sold for much - Mark and John say for three hundred pence - that is, for about 9 British pounds.
This, to them, was a large sum. Mark says they complained against her. There was also an "implied" murmuring against the Saviour for suffering it to be done. The grumbling was, however, without cause. It was the "property" of Mary. She had a right to dispose of it as she pleased, answerable not to them, but to God. "They" had no right over it, and no cause of complaint if it had been wasted. So Christians now are at liberty to dispose of their property as they please, either in distributing the Bible, in supporting the gospel, in sending it to pagan nations, or in aiding the poor. The people of the world, like Judas, regard it as "wasted." Like Judas, they are indignant. They say it might be disposed of in a better way. Yet, like Judas, they are interfering in that which concerns them not. Like other people, Christians have a right to dispose of their property as they please, answerable only to God. And though an avaricious world esteems it to be "wasted," yet, if their Lord commands it, it will be found to be the "only way" in which it was right for them to dispose of that property, and will be found not to have been in vain.
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