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1 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
2 "Go into the village over there," he said, "and you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them here. 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 asks what you are doing, just say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will immediately send them." 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."
4 This was done to fulfill the prophecy, 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 "Tell the people of Israel, 'Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey -- even on a donkey's colt.'" 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 two disciples did as Jesus said. 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
7 They brought the animals to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. 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 coats on the road ahead of Jesus, 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 He was in the center of the procession, and the crowds all around him were shouting, "Praise God for the Son of David! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!" 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 The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred as he entered. "Who is this?" they asked. 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?"
11 And the crowds replied, "It's Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." 11 The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."
12 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. 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, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be called a place of prayer,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves!" 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 The blind and the lame came to him, and he healed them there in the Temple. 14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.
15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the little children in the Temple shouting, "Praise God for the Son of David." But 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 asked Jesus, "Do you hear what these children are saying?" "Yes," Jesus replied. "Haven't you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, 'You have taught children and infants to give you 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 Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight. 17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
18 In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry, 18 Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.
19 and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs on it, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" And immediately the fig tree withered up. 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 The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked.
21 Then Jesus told them, "I assure you, if you have faith and don't doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, 'May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,' and 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 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
23 When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and other leaders came up to him. They demanded, "By whose authority did you drive out the merchants from the Temple? Who gave you such 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 "I'll tell you who gave me the authority to do these things if you answer one question," Jesus replied. 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 "Did John's baptism come from heaven or was it merely human?" They talked it over among themselves. "If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't 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 it was merely human, we'll be mobbed, because the people think he 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 finally replied, "We don't know." And Jesus responded, "Then I won't answer your question either. 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 "But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, 'Son, go out 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 The son answered, 'No, I won't go,' but later he changed his mind and went anyway. 29 " 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 Then the father told the other son, 'You go,' and he said, 'Yes, sir, I will.' But he didn't 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 was obeying his father?" They replied, "The first, of course." Then Jesus explained his meaning: "I assure you, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. 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 the Baptist came and showed you the way to life, and you didn't believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to turn from your sins 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 "Now listen to this story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to 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 At the time of the grape harvest he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35 But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 35 "The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.
36 So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.
37 "Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, 'Surely 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 farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, 'Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let's kill him and get the estate for ourselves!' 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 So they grabbed him, took him out of the vineyard, and murdered him. 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 "When the owner of the vineyard returns," Jesus asked, "what do you think he will do to those farmers?" 40 "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"
41 The religious leaders replied, "He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest." 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 Then Jesus asked them, "Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures? 'The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous to see.' 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 What I mean is that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. 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 Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone on whom it falls. " 44 He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed."
45 When the leading priests and Pharisees heard Jesus, they realized he was pointing at them -- that they were the farmers in his story. 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew he was talking about them.
46 They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid to try because the crowds considered Jesus 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.