As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,1 Jesus sent two disciples,
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saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.
If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."
This took place to fulfill2 what was spoken through the prophet:
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"Say to the Daughter of Zion, 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.' "3
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The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks4 on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
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The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!"5 "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"6 "Hosanna in the highest!"7
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When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?"
The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet8 from Nazareth in Galilee."
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Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying9 and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers10 and the benches of those selling doves.11
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"It is written," he said to them, " 'My house will be called a house of prayer,'12 but you are making it a 'den of robbers.' "13
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The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.14
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But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son of David,"15 they were indignant.16
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"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, " 'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise' ?"17
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And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany,18 where he spent the night.
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Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.
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Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered.19
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When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked.
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt,20 not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done.
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If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for21 in prayer."
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Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. "By what authority22 are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you this authority?"
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Jesus replied, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
John's baptism--where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?" They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'
But if we say, 'From men'--we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet."23
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So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Then he said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.