New International Version
"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.
King James Bible
Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
Darby Bible Translation
Jesus therefore said, Suffer her to have kept this for the day of my preparation for burial;
World English Bible
But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial.
Young's Literal Translation
Jesus, therefore, said, 'Suffer her; for the day of my embalming she hath kept it,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this - Several MSS. and versions read thus: - Αφες αυτην, ἱνα εις την ἡμεραντου ενταφιασμου μου τηρησῃ - Let her alone, That she may keep it to the day of my embalming. This is the reading of BDLQ, four others, Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, later Syriac in the margin, Slavonic, Vulgate, all the Itala but one; Nonnus, Ambrosius, Gaudentius, and Augustin. This reading, which has the approbation of Mill, Bengel, Griesbach, Pearce, and others, intimates that only a part of the ointment was then used, and that the rest was kept till the time that the women came to embalm the body of Jesus: Luke 24:1. See the notes on Matthew 26:12, Matthew 26:13.
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Chester Cathedral. 1870. St John xii. 24, 25. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." This is our Lord's own parable. In it He tells us that His death, His resurrection, His ascension, is a mystery which we may believe, not only because the Bible tells us of it, but because …
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When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.
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