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Mark 14:6

ESV But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
NIV Leave her alone,' said Jesus. 'Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
NASB But Jesus said, 'Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a good deed for Me.
CSB Jesus replied, "Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a noble thing for me.
NLT But Jesus replied, 'Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me?
KJV And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

What does Mark 14:6 mean?

The twelve disciples have followed Jesus for three years. Two days before the crucifixion, they still believe He is the Jewish Messiah (Mark 8:27–30), the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13–14), come to free Israel from Roman rule. When He establishes His kingdom, they will assume positions of power (Mark 10:35–37). By scolding the woman who anoints Jesus, they prove they are still assuming too much.

When John proudly explained how he had tried to shut down a stranger casting out demons in Jesus' name, Jesus reprimanded him for discouraging someone obviously empowered by God (Mark 9:38–41). When the disciples rebuked a group of children come to see Jesus, Jesus became indignant with them for "protecting" Him from those who belonged to Him (Mark 10:13–16).

Now the disciples have arrogantly berated a woman whose every intention is to worship Jesus. Four days earlier, they did the same to Mary of Bethany (John 12:1–8), a woman who ignored social convention to sit at Jesus' feet and learn from Him (Luke 10:38–42). On the day families were putting oil on the feet of the lambs they'd chosen for the Passover sacrifice, Mary anointed Jesus' feet. Now another woman is anointing Jesus' head on the night families are anointing the heads of their lambs. It may be that only the women really understand that Jesus is going to die (Mark 14:8).

After Jesus ascends into heaven and the disciples receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1–4), then they will have the wisdom to know God's heart toward people. Peter will rightfully confront Ananias and Sapphira about their lying (Acts 5:1–11). Peter and John will understand how the power and grace of God are far more important than money (Acts 3:1–10). At this point, however, the disciples are still thinking grand thoughts about their positions as Jesus' close followers and their coming authority (Matthew 19:28). They have not yet learned that worshiping Jesus takes many different forms (Romans 14:4).
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