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The Triumphal Entry

1And when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sends two of his disciples
  2and says 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, on which no one has ever sat. Loose him and bring him.
  3And if any one says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of him,’ and immediately he will send him back here.”
  4And they went away and found a colt tied at the door outside in the open street, and they loose him.
  5And some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”
  6And they said to them as Jesus had said, and they let them go.
  7And they bring the colt to Jesus, and threw their garments on it, and he sat on it.
  8And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread branches that they had cut from the fields.
  9And those who went before, and those who followed after, cried, “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 went into Jerusalem, into the temple, and when he had looked around at everything, the hour already being late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
 

A Fig Tree Cursed

12And on the next day, as they came from 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, and yet when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, (indeed, 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 sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those who sold the doves,
  16and he would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple.
  17And he taught, and said to them, “Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations?c But you have made it a den of robbers.”d
  18And the chief priests and the experts in the law heard it, and they were seeking how to destroy him, for they were afraid of him, for the whole multitude 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 in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots.
  21And Peter, remembering, says to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered away.”
  22And Jesus, answering, says to them, “Have trust in God.
  23Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be snatched up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says comes to pass, it will happen for him.
  24Therefore I say to you, all the things you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you will have them.
  25And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against any one, forgive, in order that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
  26[But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.]
 

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? Or who gave you this authority to do these things?
  29And Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question, and you answer me and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
  30The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from people? Answer me.”
  31And they discussed among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’
  32But should we say, ‘From people’”—they were afraid of the people, for indeed, they all held John to be a prophet.
  33And they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I 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[17]
From Isa. 56:7.
d[17]
From Jer. 7:11.

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