11When they had approachedJerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at 2the Mount of Olives, thenJesussenttwodisciples,
2saying to them, "Go into the villageopposite you, and immediately you will find a donkeytied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me.3"Ifanyonesaysanything to you, you shall say, 'The Lordhasneed of them,' and immediately he will send them."43Thisatookplace to fulfillwhat was spokenthrough the prophet:
"4SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.' "
The discipleswent and didjust as Jesus had instructed them,
and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on bthe coats.
8Most of the crowd5spread their coats in the road, and others were cuttingbranches from the trees and spreading them in the road.
The crowdsgoingahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, "Hosanna to the 6Son of David; 7BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna8in the highest!"
When He had enteredJerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"
And the crowds were saying, "This is 9the prophetJesus, from 10Nazareth in Galilee."
1211And Jesusentered the temple and drove out allthose who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the 12moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling13doves.
And He said to them, "It is written, '14MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER '; but you are making it a 15ROBBERS'cDEN."14
And the blind and the lamecame to Him in the temple, and 16He healed them.
But when the chiefpriests and the scribessaw the wonderfulthings that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, "Hosanna to the 17Son of David," they became indignant16
and said to Him, "Do You hearwhatthese children are saying?" And Jesussaid to them, "Yes; have you neverread, '18OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSINGBABIES YOU HAVE PREPAREDPRAISE FOR YOURSELF'?"17
And He left them and went out of the city to 19Bethany, and spent the nightthere.
1820Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry.
19Seeing a lone21figtree by the road, He came to it and foundnothing on it exceptleavesonly; and He said to it, "Nolonger shall there ever be any fruit from you." And at once the figtreewithered.
20Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, "How did the figtreewither all at once?"
And Jesusanswered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, 22if you havefaith and do not doubt, you will not onlydowhat was done to the figtree, but evenif you say to thismountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen.22"And 23allthings you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
2324When He entered the temple, the chiefpriests and the elders of the peoplecame to Him 25while He was teaching, and said, "By whatauthority are You doingthesethings, and whogave You thisauthority?"
24Jesussaid to them, "I will alsoask you onedthing, whichif you tell Me, I will alsotell you by whatauthority I dothesethings.25"The baptism of John was from what source, from heavenor from men?" And they began reasoningamongthemselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Thenwhy did you not believe him?'
"But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the epeople; for they allregardJohn as 26a prophet."
And answeringJesus, they said, "We do not know." He alsosaid to them, "Neither will I tell you by whatauthority I dothesethings.
28"But what do you think? A manhadtwofsons, and he came to the first and said, 'gSon, goworktoday in the 27vineyard.'29"And he answered, 'I will not'; but afterward he regretted it and went.30"The man came to the second and said the samething; and he answered, 'I will, sir '; but he did not go.31"Which of the twodid the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesussaid to them, "Truly I say to you that 28the taxcollectors and prostituteshwill get into the kingdom of Godbefore you.32"For Johncame to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but 29the taxcollectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not evenfeelremorseafterward so as to believe him.
33"Listen to anotherparable. 30There was a ilandownerwho31PLANTED A 32VINEYARD AND PUT A WALLAROUND IT AND DUG A WINEPRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to jvine-growers and 33went on a journey.34"When the kharvesttimeapproached, he 34sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce.35"The vine-growerstook his slaves and beatone, and killedanother , and stoned a third.36"Again he 35sentanother group of slaveslarger than the first; and they did the samething to them.37"But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'38"But when the vine-growerssaw the son, they saidamongthemselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'39"They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.40"Thereforewhen the lowner of the vineyardcomes, what will he do to thosevine-growers?"41
They said to Him, "He will bringthosewretches to a wretchedend, and 36will rent out the vineyard to othervine-growerswho will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons."
42Jesussaid to them, "Did you neverread in the Scriptures,'37THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERSREJECTED,THISBECAME THE CHIEFCORNER stone;THISCAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD,AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES '?43"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be takenaway from you and given to a mpeople, producing the fruit of it.44"And 38he who falls on thisstone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him likedust."45
When the chiefpriests and the Phariseesheard His parables, they understood that He was speakingabout them.
When they sought to seize Him, they 39feared the npeople, because they considered Him to be a 40prophet.