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Matthew 26:9

    Matthew 26:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For we might have got much money for this and given it to the poor.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:9

    And given to the poor - How often does charity serve as a cloak for covetousness! God is sometimes robbed of his right under the pretense of devoting what is withheld to some charitable purpose, to which there was no intention ever to give it.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:9

    Sold for much - Mark and John say for three hundred pence - that is, for about 9 British pounds.

    This, to them, was a large sum. Mark says they complained against her. There was also an "implied" murmuring against the Saviour for suffering it to be done. The grumbling was, however, without cause. It was the "property" of Mary. She had a right to dispose of it as she pleased, answerable not to them, but to God. "They" had no right over it, and no cause of complaint if it had been wasted. So Christians now are at liberty to dispose of their property as they please, either in distributing the Bible, in supporting the gospel, in sending it to pagan nations, or in aiding the poor. The people of the world, like Judas, regard it as "wasted." Like Judas, they are indignant. They say it might be disposed of in a better way. Yet, like Judas, they are interfering in that which concerns them not. Like other people, Christians have a right to dispose of their property as they please, answerable only to God. And though an avaricious world esteems it to be "wasted," yet, if their Lord commands it, it will be found to be the "only way" in which it was right for them to dispose of that property, and will be found not to have been in vain.