THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
d. A Warm Welcome to the Meek King
1 aAnd when they 1drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of bOlives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
2 Saying to them, Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will 1find a donkey tied and a colt with her; untie them and lead them to Me.
3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, The 1Lord has need of them; 2and immediately he will send them.
4 aNow this took place in order that what was spoken through the prophet might be bfulfilled, saying,
5 a"Say to the 1daughter of Zion, Behold, your King is coming to you, bmeek and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, a 2foal of a beast of burden.''
6 And the disciples went and did as Jesus directed them,
7 And led the donkey and the colt. And they put their 1garments on them, and He sat upon them.
8 And most of the crowd spread their own agarments in the road, and others cut 1bbranches from the trees and spread them in the road.
9 And the crowds who went before Him and those who followed cried out, saying, 1Hosanna to the 2aSon of David! bBlessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the chighest!
10 And when He aentered into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, Who is this?
11 And the crowds said, This is the aprophet Jesus from bNazareth of Galilee.
a. Cleansing the Temple
12 aAnd Jesus entered into the temple and cast out all those who were selling and buying in the temple. And He overturned the tables of the bmoney changers and the seats of those who were selling the cdoves,
13 And He said to them, It is written, a"My house shall be called a house of prayer,'' but you are making it a bden of robbers.
14 And the ablind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.
15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, aHosanna to the Son of David, they were 1indignant.
16 And they said to Him, Do you hear what these are saying? And Jesus said to them, Yes. Have you anever read, b"Out of the mouth of cinfants and sucklings You have perfected praise''?
b. Lodging in Bethany
17 And leaving them, He went aout of the city to 1bBethany and lodged there.
c. Cursing the Nation of Israel
18 aNow in the morning as He returned to the city, He became 1bhungry.
19 And seeing a 1afig tree on the way, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only. And He said to it, May there 2no longer be fruit from you forever! And the fig tree was instantly 3dried up.
20 And when the disciples saw this, they marveled, saying, How did the fig tree instantly dry up?
21 And Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have afaith and do not bdoubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this cmountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will happen.
22 And all that you aask in prayer, if you believe, you will receive.
(1) By the Chief Priests and Elders concerning His Authority
23 aAnd when He came into the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him as He was bteaching and said, By what authority do You do these things? And cwho gave You this authority?
24 And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one 1thing, which if you tell Me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, from where did it come, from aheaven or from men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say to us, Why then did you not believe him?
26 But if we say, From men, we fear the crowd, for all hold John as a aprophet.
27 And they answered Jesus and said, We do 1not know. He too said to them, 2Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
(a) The Shifting of the Birthright
28 But what do you think? A man had two children. And he came to his first son and said, Child, go today and work in the avineyard.
29 And he answered and said, I do not want to; yet later he regretted and went.
30 And he came to the other and said likewise. And he answered and said, I will, sir; yet he did not go.
31 Which of the two did the will of the father? They said, The 1first. Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that the atax collectors and the bharlots are going into the kingdom of cGod before you.
32 For John came to you in the away of 1righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him. And you, when you saw it, did not later regret it to believe him.
(b) The Transfer of the Kingdom of God
33 aHear another parable. There was a man, a 1householder, who planted a 1bvineyard and put a chedge around it, and dug a dwinepress in it, and built a tower; and he leased it out to 1vinedressers and went eabroad.
34 And when the time to harvest the fruit drew near, he asent his 1slaves to the vinedressers to get his fruit.
35 And the vinedressers took his slaves and 1abeat one, and bkilled another, and cstoned another.
36 Again, he sent some other slaves, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.
37 Then later he sent to them his 1ason, saying, They will respect my son.
38 But the vinedressers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, 1This is the aheir. Come, let us bkill him and take possession of his inheritance.
39 And they atook him and cast him 1bout of the vineyard and ckilled him.
40 Therefore when the master of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?
41 They said to Him, He will miserably 1adestroy those evil men and will lease the vineyard to 2other vinedressers, who will give the bfruit to him in their seasons.
42 Jesus said to them, Have you anever read in the Scriptures, b"The 1stone which the 1builders rejected, this has become the 2chead of the corner. This was from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes''?
43 Therefore I say to you that the 1kingdom of aGod shall be taken from you and shall be given to a 2nation producing its bfruit.
44 And 1he who falls on this astone shall be broken to pieces; but on 2whomever it falls, it shall bcrush him to powder and scatter him like chaff.
45 And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking concerning them.
46 And though they sought to aseize Him, they feared the crowds because they held Him as a bprophet.