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1 When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,
2 "Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you'll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. 2 saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
3 If anyone asks, 'What are you doing?' say, 'The Master needs him, and will return him right away.'" 3 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.' "
4 They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. 4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it,
5 Some of those standing there said, "What are you doing untying that colt?" 5 some people standing there asked, "What are you doing, untying that colt?"
6 The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.
7 They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.
8 The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
9 Running ahead and following after, they were calling out, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God's name! 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna! " "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
10 Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in highest heaven! 10 "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest!"
11 He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve. 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
12 As they left Bethany the next day, he was hungry. 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
13 Off in the distance he saw a fig tree in full leaf. He came up to it expecting to find something for breakfast, but found nothing but fig leaves. (It wasn't yet the season for figs.) 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.
14 He addressed the tree: "No one is going to eat fruit from you again - ever!" And his disciples overheard him. 14 Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.
15 They arrived at Jerusalem. Immediately on entering the Temple Jesus started throwing out everyone who had set up shop there, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of the bankers and the stalls of the pigeon merchants. 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,
16 He didn't let anyone even carry a basket through the Temple. 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
17 And then he taught them, quoting this text: My house was designated a house of prayer for the nations; You've turned it into a hangout for thieves. 17 And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: " 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations' ? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.' "
18 The high priests and religion scholars heard what was going on and plotted how they might get rid of him. They panicked, for the entire crowd was carried away by his teaching. 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
19 At evening, Jesus and his disciples left the city. 19 When evening came, they went out of the city.
20 In the morning, walking along the road, they saw the fig tree, shriveled to a dry stick. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.
21 Peter, remembering what had happened the previous day, said to him, "Rabbi, look - the fig tree you cursed is shriveled up!" 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"
22 Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, 22 "Have faith in God," Jesus answered.
23 and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, 'Go jump in the lake' - no shuffling or shilly-shallying - and it's as good as done. 23 "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24 That's why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you'll get God's everything. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25 And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it's not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive - only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins." 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. "
27 Then when they were back in Jerusalem once again, as they were walking through the Temple, the high priests, religion scholars, and leaders came up 27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him.
28 and demanded, "Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to speak and act like this?" 28 "By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you authority to do this?"
29 Jesus responded, "First let me ask you a question. Answer my question and then I'll present my credentials. 29 Jesus replied, "I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
30 About the baptism of John - who authorized it: heaven or humans? Tell me." 30 John's baptism--was it from heaven, or from men? Tell me!"
31 They were on the spot, and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, "If we say 'heaven,' he'll ask us why we didn't believe John; 31 They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'
32 if we say 'humans,' we'll be up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet." 32 But if we say, 'From men' . . ." (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33 They decided to concede that round to Jesus. "We don't know," they said. Jesus replied, "Then I won't answer your question either." 33 So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."