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The Woman with The Alabaster Flask

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

Six days before Passover:


Lazarus, Martha and Mary planned a dinner in Jesus' honor. While Martha served, Lazarus was among the disciples reclining at the table with Jesus. Mary took about a pint of pure nard (John 12:2-3, NIV), poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair, filling the house with fragrance.


But one of the disciples, Judas Iscariot, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages”.

Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it."

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”


John 12:1-8, Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® 

Two days before Passover:


"While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster flask filled with an expensive jar of pure nard (Mark 14:3, ESV). She poured on the head of Jesus as He reclined at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant.

“Why this waste?” they asked.

“This pure nard could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Matthew 26:6-13, Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®