JOHN 12:3

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.”

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John 12:3 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Then οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly Then
took λαβοῦσα To take. While G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove. took
Mary Μαρία Maria or Mariam (i.e., Mirjam), the name of six Christian females Mary
a The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) a
pound λίτραν A pound in weight pound
of ointment μύρου "myrrh", i.e., (by implication) perfumed oil ointment
of spikenard, νάρδου "nard" spikenard
very costly, πολυτίμου Extremely valuable very costly
and anointed ἤλειψεν To oil (with perfume) anointed
the τοὺς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
feet πόδας A "foot" (figuratively or literally) feet
of Ἰησοῦ Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites of
Jesus, Ἰησοῦ Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
wiped ἐξέμαξεν To knead out, i.e., (by analogy) to wipe dry wiped
his αὐτοῦ· The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons his
feet πόδας A "foot" (figuratively or literally) feet
with her αὐτῆς The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons with her
hair: θριξὶν Of uncertain derivation; hair hair
and δὲ But, and, etc and
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
house οἰκία Properly, residence (abstractly), but usually (concretely) an abode (literally or figuratively); by implication, a family (especially domestics) house
was filled ἐπληρώθη To make replete, i.e., (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc filled
with ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) with
the τῆς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
odour ὀσμῆς Fragrance (literally or figuratively) odour
of the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) of the
ointment. μύρου "myrrh", i.e., (by implication) perfumed oil ointment

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  • 1  Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

  • 2  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

  • 3  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

  • 4  Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

  • 5  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?




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