Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.
Many in the crowd spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus, and others cut leafy branches in the fields and spread them along the way.
He was in the center of the procession, and the crowds all around him were shouting, "Praise God! a Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Bless the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven!" b11
So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. He looked around carefully at everything, and then he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.
The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus felt hungry.
He noticed a fig tree a little way off that was in full leaf, so he went over to see if he could find any figs on it. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit.
Then Jesus said to the tree, "May no one ever eat your fruit again!" And the disciples heard him say it.
When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves,
and he stopped everyone from bringing in merchandise.
He taught them, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves." c
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)