1Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, home of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2Lazarus and his sisters hosted a dinner for him. Martha served and Lazarus was among those who joined him at the table. 3Then Mary took an extraordinary amount, almost three-quarters of a pound,#Or a litra, a Roman pound, approximately twelve ounces of very expensive perfume made of pure nard. She anointed Jesus’ feet with it, then wiped his feet dry with her hair. The house was filled with the aroma of the perfume. 4Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), complained, 5"This perfume was worth a year’s wages!#Or three hundred denaria Why wasn’t it sold and the money given to the poor?" ( 6He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would take what was in it.) 7Then Jesus said, "Leave her alone. This perfume was to be used in preparation for my burial, and this is how she has used it. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you won’t always have me."