The Triumphal Entry
1When11:1–11 Mt 21:1–11; Lk 19:28–44; Jn 12:12–19 they approached Jerusalem,11:1 Mt 23:37; Ac 8:1 at Bethphage and Bethany11:1 Mt 26:6; Lk 24:50; Jn 11:1,18; 12:1 near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples
2and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it.
3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this? ’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’”
4So they went and found a colt outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it,
5and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
6They answered them just as Jesus had said; so they let them go.
7They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and he sat on it.
8Many people spread their clothes on the road,11:8 Mk 8:27 and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields.11:8 Other mss read others were cutting leafy branches from the trees and spreading them on the road
9Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted:
Blessed is he who comes
in the name 11:9 Jn 10:25 of the Lord!11:9Ps 118:2611:9 Lk 1:42; Heb 6:14
10Blessed is the coming kingdom11:10 Mk 1:15; 9:1
of our father David!11:10 Lk 1:27; Ac 2:29; 4:25
Hosanna 11:10 Mk 11:9 in the highest heaven!
11He went into Jerusalem11:11 Mt 23:37 and into the temple.11:11 Ac 21:26 After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany11:11 Mk 11:1 with the Twelve.
The Barren Fig Tree Is Cursed
12The11:12–19 Mt 21:12–19; Lk 19:45–48 next day when they went out from Bethany, he was hungry.
13Seeing in the distance a fig11:13 Lk 6:44; Jn 1:48 tree with leaves, he went to find out if there was anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season for figs.
14He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit11:14 Mt 3:8; 7:16–21 from you again!” 11:14 Jr 8:13 And his disciples11:14 Mk 10:10 heard it.
Cleansing the Temple
15They came to Jerusalem,11:15 Mt 23:37 and he went into the temple11:15 Ac 21:26 and began to throw out those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers11:15 Jn 2:15 and the chairs of those selling doves,
16and would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple.
17He was teaching them: “Is it not written,11:17 Mk 1:2; Ac 15:15 My house11:17 Lk 11:51; Jn 2:17 will be called a house of prayer11:17 Ac 12:5; 16:13 for all nations?11:17 Is 56:7 But you have made it a den of thieves!” 11:17Jr 7:1111:17 Jr 7:11
18The chief priests and the scribes11:18 Mt 2:4 heard it and started looking for a way to kill him. For they were afraid11:18 Ps 147:11; Pr 1:7; Rv 14:7 of him, because the whole crowd was astonished by his teaching.
19Whenever evening came, they would go out of the city.
The Barren Fig Tree Is Withered
20Early11:20–25 Mt 21:19–22 in the morning, as they were passing by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up.
21Then Peter11:21 Lk 6:14; Ac 10:32 remembered and said to him, “Rabbi,11:21 Jn 11:8 look! The fig tree that you cursed11:21 Jms 3:9 has withered.”
22Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God.11:22 Mt 17:20
23Truly I tell you,11:23 Ps 72:19; Rv 22:21 if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt11:23 Ac 10:20 in his heart, but believes11:23 Jn 3:16; Ac 10:43; Rm 10:9; 1Pt 1:8–10 that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.11:23 Mk 9:23; Jn 11:22
24Therefore I tell you, everything you pray11:24 Mt 5:44; Ac 12:12 and ask for11:24 Jn 14:13; Jms 1:5 — believe that you have received11:24 Some mss read you receive; other mss read you will receive11:24 Mt 7:8 it and it will be yours.
25And whenever you stand11:25 Lk 18:11 praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive11:25 Mt 6:12; 9:2 him, so that your Father11:25 Mt 5:16; Lk 11:13 in heaven11:25 Mt 6:1; Lk 12:33 will also forgive11:25 Ps 25:11; Mt 9:2 you your wrongdoing.”11:25 Some mss include v. 26: “But if you don’t forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your wrongdoing.”
The Authority of Jesus Challenged
27They11:27–33 Mt 21:23–27; Lk 20:1–8 came again to Jerusalem.11:27 Mt 23:37 As he was walking in the temple,11:27 Ac 21:26 the chief priests, the scribes,11:27 Mt 2:4 and the elders11:27 3Jn 1 came
28and asked him, “By what authority11:28 Mk 1:22 are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do these things?”
29Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question;11:29 Mk 4:14 then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30Was John’s baptism11:30 Lk 7:29; Ac 18:25; 19:3 from heaven or of human origin? Answer me.”
31They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe11:31 1Jn 5:10 him?’
32But if we say, ‘Of human origin’” — they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was truly a prophet.11:32 Mt 2:23; Ac 7:52
33So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”