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And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon “the leper,”a as he was reclining to eat, a woman came with an alabaster flask of very expensive pure nard perfume. She broke the flask and poured it over his head. Bible other translations
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Simon had had a skin disease of some kind, but it was now cured or people would not have been in his house. Nevertheless, the name stuck.

“over his head.” This record of Mary (we learn it was Mary from John 12:3) pouring the oil on Jesus occurs in Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; and John 12:1-8; it is not included in Luke. Mark says the ointment was poured on the head, while John 12:3 says Mary anointed Jesus’ feet. The key to the apparent contradiction is realizing that Mary had a lot of ointment, and put it on both Jesus’ head and feet. [For more information on this anointing and the controversy it stirred up, see commentary on John 12:3].


Commentary for: Mark 14:3