The Triumphal Entry
1When they approached Jerusalem21:1–9 Mk 11:1–10; Lk 19:28–38; Jn 12:12–19 and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives,21:1 Zch 14:4; Mt 24:3; 26:30; Lk 19:29,37; 21:37; Jn 8:1; Ac 1:12 Jesus then sent two disciples,
2telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there with her colt. Untie them and bring them to me.
3If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.”
4This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:
5 Tell Daughter Zion,
“See, your King is coming to you,
gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt,
6The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them.
7They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their clothes on them, and he sat on them.
8A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road.
9Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted:
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord! 21:9 Ps 118:25–26
10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying, “Who is this?”
Cleansing the Temple
12Jesus went into the temple21:12 Other mss add of God21:12–16 Mk 11:15–18; Lk 19:45–47; Jn 2:14–16 and threw out all those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves.21:12 Ex 30:13; Lv 1:14; 5:7; 12:8; Dt 14:25
Children Praise Jesus
14The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
15When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that he did and the children shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant
16and said to him, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”
Jesus replied, “Yes, have you never read:
from the mouths of infants and nursing babies?” 21:16 Ps 8:2
The Barren Fig Tree
19Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, he went up to it and found nothing on it except leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” At once the fig tree withered.
20When the disciples saw it, they were amazed and said, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?”
21Jesus answered them, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you tell this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done.21:21 Mt 17:20; Lk 17:6; 1Co 13:2; Jms 1:6
The Authority of Jesus Challenged
24Jesus answered them, “I will also ask you one question, and if you answer it for me, then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25Did John’s baptism come from heaven, or was it of human origin?”
They discussed it among themselves, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him? ’ 21:25 Mt 13:54; Lk 7:30; 15:18,21; Jn 3:27
26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we’re afraid of the crowd,21:26 Mt 14:5; 21:46; Mk 11:32; 12:12 because everyone considers John to be a prophet.”21:26 Mt 11:9; Mk 6:20
27So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
The Parable of the Two Sons
29 “He answered, ‘I don’t want to,’ but later he changed his mind and went.
30Then the man went to the other and said the same thing. ‘I will, sir,’ he answered, but he didn’t go.
31Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They said, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.
The Parable of the Vineyard Owner
33 “Listen 21:33–46 Mk 12:1–12; Lk 20:9–19 to another parable:21:33 Mt 13:3,34–36; 15:15; 22:1; 24:32 There was a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower.21:33 Is 5:1–2; Lk 14:28 He leased it to tenant farmers and went away.21:33 Ps 80:8; Sg 8:11–12; Mt 25:14
34When the time came to harvest fruit, he sent his servants to the farmers to collect his fruit.
35The farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.21:35 2Ch 24:21; Neh 9:26; Mt 5:12; 23:34,37; Ac 7:52; 1Th 2:15; Heb 11:36–37
36Again, he sent other servants, more than the first group, and they did the same to them.
37Finally, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
38 “But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 21:38 Ps 2:8; Heb 1:2
39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
40Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”
42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone. 21:42 Lit the head of the corner
This is what the Lord has done
43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruit.
45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,21:45 Mt 13:3,35; 15:15; 21:33; 22:1; 24:32 they knew he was speaking about them.