John 12:5
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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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Clarke'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.

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was.

Exodus 5:8,17 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, you shall lay on them; you shall not diminish ought thereof...

Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small...

Malachi 1:10-13 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? neither do you kindle fire on my altar for nothing...

Matthew 26:8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Mark 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?

Luke 6:41 And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but perceive not the beam that is in your own eye?

three hundred.

John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

Matthew 20:2 And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

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Mark 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

and given.

Matthew 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Luke 12:33 Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not...

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one thing: sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor...

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Easter Day
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
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

September 22 Evening
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.--MATT. 26:39. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.--He . . . became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.--In the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

The Universal Magnet
'I, if I be lifted up ... will draw all men unto Me.'--JOHN xii. 32. 'Never man spake like this Man,' said the wondering Temple officials who were sent to apprehend Jesus. There are many aspects of our Lord's teaching in which it strikes one as unique; but perhaps none is more singular than the boundless boldness of His assertions of His importance to the world. Just think of such sayings as these: 'I am the Light of the world'; 'I am the Bread of Life'; 'I am the Door'; 'A greater than Solomon is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Son of Man
'... Who is this Son of Man?'--JOHN xii. 34. I have thought that a useful sermon may be devoted to the consideration of the remarkable name which our Lord gives to Himself--'the Son of Man.' And I have selected this instance of its occurrence, rather than any other, because it brings out a point which is too frequently overlooked, viz. that the name was an entirely strange and enigmatical one to the people who heard it. This question of utter bewilderment distinctly shows us that, and negatives,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Matthew 18:28
"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.

John 12:4
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,

John 12:6
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.

John 13:29
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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