New International Version
"Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages."
King James Bible
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
Darby Bible Translation
Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?
World English Bible
"Why wasn't this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?"
Young's Literal Translation
'Wherefore was not this ointment sold for three hundred denaries, and given to the poor?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Three hundred pence - Or denarii: about 9. 13s. 9d. of our money; reckoning the denarius at 7 3/4d. One of my MSS. of the Vulgate (a MS. of the 14th century) reads, cccc denarii.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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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September 22 Evening
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The Son of Man
"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
He 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.
Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor.
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