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Matthew 21 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
2 saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 2 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.
3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'" 5 "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.' "
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.
8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!"
10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?"
11 And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." 11 The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."
12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 12 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
13 He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers." 13 "It is written," he said to them, " 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.' "
14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.
15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, 15 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," they were indignant.
16 and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, "'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise'?" 16 "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 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there. 17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
18 In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. 18 Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.
19 And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. 19 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.
20 When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?" 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked.
21 And Jesus answered them, "Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' it will happen. 21 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, 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.
22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" 23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. "By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you this authority?"
24 Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 24 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.
25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?" And they discussed it among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' 25 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?'
26 But if we say, 'From man,'we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet." 26 But if we say, 'From men'--we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet."
27 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. 27 So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Then he said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
28 "What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' 28 "What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.'
29 And he answered, 'I will not,' but afterward he changed his mind and went. 29 " 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, 'I go, sir,' but did not go. 30 "Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go.
31 Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 31 "Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.
32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
33 "Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. 33 "Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey.
34 When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35 And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 35 "The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.
36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.
37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. 'They will respect my son,' he said.
38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' 38 "But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him and take his inheritance.'
39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" 40 "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"
41 They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." 41 "He will bring those wretches to a wretched end," they replied, "and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time."
42 Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? 42 Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes' ?
43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 43 "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him." 44 He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed."
45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew he was talking about them.
46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.