The Triumphal Entry1
And when they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and her
colt with her. Untie them
, and bring them
And if anyone says anything to you, say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
Now this took place with the result that what was spoken through the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
5Tell the daughter of Zion, “Look!, your King comes to you, meek, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt the foal of a donkey.”a
And the disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them,
and brought the donkey and her
colt and put their garments on them, and he sat on it.
And most of the multitude spread their garments in the path, and others were cutting branches from the trees and were spreading them in the path.
9And the multitudes who went in front of him, and those who followed, were crying out, saying, “Hosannab to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh!c Hosanna in the highest!”
And when he had entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”
And the multitudes were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one
from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Jesus Cleanses Temple (2nd Time)12And Jesus went into the temple of Yahwehd and cast out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling the doves,
13and he says to them, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”e
blind and lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
But when the chief priests and the experts in the law saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were very displeased.
16And they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus says to them, “Yes. Have you never read, Out of the mouth of little children and nursing children you have perfected praise?”
And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.
Lesson From the Cursed Fig Tree18
Now in the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry.
19And having seen a lone fig tree by the path, he went up to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he says to it, “Let there be no fruit from you any longer forever.” And immediately the fig tree withered.
And seeing this,
the disciples were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither immediately?”
21And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have trust, and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be snatched up and thrown into the sea!’ it will be done.
And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Jesus' Authority Challenged23
And when he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the Peoplef
came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”
And Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one question, which, if you tell me the answer
, then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’
But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the multitude, for they all hold John as a prophet.”
And they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” He also said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
Parable of the Two Sons28
“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘My
child, go work today in the vineyard.’
29And he answered and said, ‘I do not want to.’ But afterward he changed his mind and went.
And having approached the other son
, he said the same thing. And he answered and said, ‘I will go
, lord,’ but did not go.
Which of the two did the will of the father?” They say, “The first.” Jesus says to them, “Truly I say to you, that the tax collectors and the prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you.
For John came to you in the path of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. But you, when you saw that, did not afterward change your mind and
Parable of the Greedy Farmers33“Hear another parable: There was a man, the head of a house, who planted a vineyard, and put a wall around it, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower, and rented it out to some farmers. And then he went into another country.
And when the season of fruit drew near, he sent his slaves to the farmers to receive his fruit.
And the farmers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first ones, and they did the same to them.
And last of all he sent to them his son, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
But the farmers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’
And they caught him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”
They say to him, “Those wretched men—
He will destroy them in a wretched way, and will rent out the vineyard to other farmers, who will give him the fruit in its season.”
42Jesus says to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures, The stone that the builders rejected, it has become the chief cornerstone. This was from Yahweh, and it is marvelous in our eyes?g
“Therefore I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a nation producing its fruits.
And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever it falls it will grind to powder.”
And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them.
And they were seeking to arrest him, but
they feared the multitudes, because they considered him to be a prophet.