The next day, after leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
From far away, he noticed a fig tree in leaf, so he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing except leaves, since it wasn't the season for figs.
So he said to it, "No one will ever again eat your fruit!" His disciples heard this.
They came into Jerusalem. After entering the temple, he threw out those who were selling and buying there. He pushed over the tables used for currency exchange and the chairs of those who sold doves.
He didn't allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.
He taught them, "Hasn't it been written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?a But you've turned it into a hideout for crooks."b18
The chief priests and legal experts heard this and tried to find a way to destroy him. They regarded him as dangerous because the whole crowd was enthralled at his teaching.
When it was evening, Jesus and his disciples went outside the city.