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Markus 14: A parable of price versus value

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While he was in Bethany, visiting the home of Simon, a woman came to the house with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were indignant, saying, “What a thoughtless waste. This expensive perfume could have been sold for more than a three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor!” They rebuked the woman harshly. Then Jesus spoke: “Leave her alone. Why are you shouting at her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.”