Luke 19 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. 1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
3 He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way - he was a short man and couldn't see over the crowd. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.
4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, "Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home." 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today."
6 Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, "What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?" 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.' "
8 Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, "Master, I give away half my income to the poor - and if I'm caught cheating, I pay four times the damages." 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."
9 Jesus said, "Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! 9 Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost." 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
11 While he had their attention, and because they were getting close to Jerusalem by this time and expectation was building that God's kingdom would appear any minute, he told this story: 11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.
12 "There was once a man descended from a royal house who needed to make a long trip back to headquarters to get authorization for his rule and then return. 12 He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.
13 But first he called ten servants together, gave them each a sum of money, and instructed them, 'Operate with this until I return.' 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.'
14 "But the citizens there hated him. So they sent a commission with a signed petition to oppose his rule: 'We don't want this man to rule us.' 14 "But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.'
15 "When he came back bringing the authorization of his rule, he called those ten servants to whom he had given the money to find out how they had done. 15 "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
16 "The first said, 'Master, I doubled your money.' 16 "The first one came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned ten more.'
17 "He said, 'Good servant! Great work! Because you've been trustworthy in this small job, I'm making you governor of ten towns.' 17 " 'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'
18 "The second said, 'Master, I made a fifty percent profit on your money.' 18 "The second came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned five more.'
19 "He said, 'I'm putting you in charge of five towns.' 19 "His master answered, 'You take charge of five cities.'
20 "The next servant said, 'Master, here's your money safe and sound. I kept it hidden in the cellar. 20 "Then another servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth.
21 To tell you the truth, I was a little afraid. I know you have high standards and hate sloppiness, and don't suffer fools gladly.' 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.'
22 "He said, 'You're right that I don't suffer fools gladly - and you've acted the fool! 22 "His master replied, 'I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?
23 Why didn't you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?' 23 Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?'
24 "Then he said to those standing there, 'Take the money from him and give it to the servant who doubled my stake.' 24 "Then he said to those standing by, 'Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.'
25 "They said, 'But Master, he already has double . . .' 25 " 'Sir,' they said, 'he already has ten!'
26 "He said, 'That's what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag. 26 "He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.
27 "'As for these enemies of mine who petitioned against my rule, clear them out of here. I don't want to see their faces around here again.'" 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them--bring them here and kill them in front of me.' "
28 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. 28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,
30 "Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you'll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. 30 "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
31 If anyone says anything, asks, 'What are you doing?' say, 'His Master needs him.'" 31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' "
32 The two left and found it just as he said. 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.
33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said, "What are you doing untying the colt?" 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
34 They said, "His Master needs him." 34 They replied, "The Lord needs it."
35 They brought the colt to Jesus. Then, throwing their coats on its back, they helped Jesus get on. 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.
36 As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed: 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 Blessed is he who comes, the king in God's name! All's well in heaven! Glory in the high places! 38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
39 Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, "Teacher, get your disciples under control!" 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"
40 But he said, "If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise." 40 "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
41 When the city came into view, he wept over it. 41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
42 "If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it's too late. 42 and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes.
43 In the days ahead your enemies are going to bring up their heavy artillery and surround you, pressing in from every side. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.
44 They'll smash you and your babies on the pavement. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you didn't recognize and welcome God's personal visit." 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."
45 Going into the Temple he began to throw out everyone who had set up shop, selling everything and anything. 45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling.
46 He said, "It's written in Scripture, My house is a house of prayer; You have turned it into a religious bazaar." 46 "It is written," he said to them, " 'My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it 'a den of robbers.' "
47 From then on he taught each day in the Temple. The high priests, religion scholars, and the leaders of the people were trying their best to find a way to get rid of him. 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.
48 But with the people hanging on every word he spoke, they couldn't come up with anything. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.