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The Triumphal Entry

1And when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples
  2and said to them, “Go into the village that is in front of you, and immediately as you enter into it you will find a colt tied there on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it.
  3And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will immediately send it back here again.’”
  4And they went away and found a colt outside in the open street tied at a door, and they untied it.
  5And some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
  6And they responded to them just as Jesus had said to, so they let them go.
  7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it.
  8And many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread branches that they had cut from the fields.
  9And those who went in front of him, and those who followed after, were crying out, “Hosanna!a Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!b
  10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
 

11And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And after he had looked around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve because the hour already was late.
 

A Fig Tree Cursed

12And on the next day, as they were leaving Bethany, he was hungry.
  13And seeing a fig tree in the distance that had leaves, he came to see if perhaps he might find anything on it. But when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves (it was not the season for figs).
  14And he answered and said to it, “No one will ever eat fruit from you again!” And his disciples heard it.
 

Jesus Cleanses Temple

15And they came into Jerusalem. And he went into the temple and began to cast out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves,
  16and he would not allow anyone to carry merchandisec through the temple.
  17And he began to teach them, saying, “Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations?d But you have made it a den of robbers.”e
  18And the chief priests and the experts in the law heard it, and they were looking for a way to destroy him, for they were afraid of him because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching.
  19And whenever evening came, they went out of the city.
 

Next Day—Fig Tree Withered

20And as they passed by the tree in the morning, they saw that the fig tree had withered away from the roots up.
  21And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered away.”
  22And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have trust in God.
  23Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
  24For this reason, I say to you, all the things you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and they will be done for you.
  25And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you for your transgressions.
  26[[But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.]]
 

Jesus’ Authority Challenged

27And they came again into Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the experts in the law and the elders came to him,
  28and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you the authority to do these things?”
  29And Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
  30Was the baptism of John from heaven or of human origin? Answer me.”
  31And they discussed among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’
  32But if we say, ‘Of human origin…’” (they were afraid of the people because they all considered John to be a prophet).
  33And so they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Then I will not tell you by what authority I do these things.”
 


a[9]
“Hosanna” originally meant “Save” or “Save now.” By NT times it was used as an expression of praise.
b[9]
From Ps. 118:25-26
c[16]
Lit. “objects” or “vessels”
d[17]
From Isa. 56:7
e[17]
From Jer. 7:11

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