38 As he taught, he said,
‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes,
and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, 39and to have
the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets!
40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance
say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.’
41 He sat down opposite
the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put
in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called
his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor
widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the
treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance;
but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she
had to live on.’