Mark 14:3
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English Standard Version
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.

King James Bible
And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

American Standard Version
And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster cruse of ointment of pure nard very costly; and'she brake the cruse, and poured it over his head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, and was at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of precious spikenard: and breaking the alabaster box, she poured it out upon his head.

English Revised Version
And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster cruse of ointment of spikenard very costly; and she brake the cruse, and poured it over his head.

Webster's Bible Translation
And being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at table, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, very precious; and she broke the box, and poured it on his head.

Weymouth New Testament
Now when He was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the Leper, while He was at table, there came a woman with a jar of pure, sweet-scented ointment very costly: she broke the jar and poured the ointment over His head.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Alabaster box

See on Matthew 26:7.

Spikenard (νάρδου πιστικῆς)

The meaning of πιστικῆς greatly disputed. The best authorities define it genuine or unadulterated: pure nard.

Brake

Possibly by striking the brittle neck of the flask. This detail is peculiar to Mark.

Mark 14:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

being.

Matthew 26:6,7 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper...

John 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

John 12:1-3 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead...

of ointment.

Songs 4:13,14 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard...

Songs 5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, on the handles of the lock.

Luke 7:37,38 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house...

spikenard. or, pure nard, or liquid nard.

Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:12
While the king was on his couch, my nard gave forth its fragrance.

Matthew 21:17
And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Matthew 26:6
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,

Matthew 26:7
a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.

Mark 14:2
for they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people."

Mark 14:4
There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that?

Luke 7:37
And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,

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