Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, known as Passover, was approaching; and the chief priests and doctors of the law were trying to devise some way of doing away with him; for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve; and Judas went to the chief priests and officers of the Temple police to discuss ways and means of putting Jesus into their power. They were greatly pleased and undertook to pay him a sum of money. He agreed, and began to look out for an opportunity to betray him to them without collecting a crowd.
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When Jesus had finished this discourse he said to his disciples, “You know that in two days time it will be Passover; and this son of Adam is to be handed over for crucifixion.”
Then the chief priests and elders of the nation met in the palace of the High Priest, Caiaphas; and there they conferred together on a scheme to have Jesus arrested by some trick and put to death. “It must not be during the festival,” they said, “or there will be rioting among the people.”
Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, when a woman came to him with a small bottle of fragrant oil, very costly. And as he sat at table she began to pour it over his head.
The disciples were indignant when they saw it. “Why this waste?” they said. “It could have been sold for a good sum and the money given to the poor.”
Jesus was aware of this, and said to them, “Why must you make trouble for the woman? It is a fine thing she has done for me. You can always give to the poor; but you won’t always have me.
“When she poured this oil on my body it was her way of preparing me for burial. I tell you this, wherever in all the world this gospel is proclaimed, what she has done will be told as her memorial.”
Then one of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me to betray him to you?”
They weighed out thirty silver pieces.
From that moment he began to look for a good opportunity to betray him.
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Now the Festival of Passover and Unleavened Bread were only two days off; and the chief priests and the doctors of the law were trying to devise some cunning plan to seize him and put him to death. “It must not be during the festival,” they said, “or we should have rioting among the people.”
Jesus was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. As he sat at table, a woman came in carrying a small bottle of very costly perfume, oil of pure nard. She broke it open and poured the oil over his head.
Some of those present said to one another angrily, “Why this waste? The perfume might have been sold for thirty pounds and the money given to the poor,” and they turned upon her with fury.
But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why must you make trouble for her? It is a fine thing she has done for me. You have the poor among you always; and you can help them whenever you like; but you will not always have me.
“She has done what lay in her power; she is beforehand with anointing my body for burial. I tell you this; wherever in all the world the gospel is proclaimed, what she has done will be told as her memorial.”
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray him to them. When they heard what he had come for, they were greatly pleased, and promised him money; and he began to look for a good opportunity to betray him.