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And being ° in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

14:3 alabaster box. Mary of Bethany (see John 12:1-3) not only used all her “very precious” ointment on Jesus, but even broke her costly alabaster box so it could never be used again, all as a symbolic act of full devotion to her Lord in gratitude for what He was about to do for her.

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