The Triumphal Entry
1When#Mt 21:1–11; Lk 19:28–44; Jn 12:12–19 they approached Jerusalem,#Mt 23:37; Ac 8:1 at Bethphage and Bethany#Mt 26:6; Lk 24:50; Jn 11:1,18; 12:1 near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this? ’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’”
4So they went and found a colt outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, 5and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6They answered them just as Jesus had said; so they let them go.
7They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their clothes on the road,#Mk 8:27 and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields.#11:8 Other mss read others were cutting leafy branches from the trees and spreading them on the road 9Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted:
Blessed is he who comes
in the name #
of the Lord!#11:9Ps 118:26#Lk 1:42; Heb 6:14
10Blessed is the coming kingdom#Mk 1:15; 9:1
of our father David!#Lk 1:27; Ac 2:29; 4:25
in the highest heaven!
11He went into Jerusalem#Mt 23:37 and into the temple.#Ac 21:26 After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany#Mk 11:1 with the Twelve.
The Barren Fig Tree Is Cursed
12The#Mt 21:12–19; Lk 19:45–48 next day when they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. 13Seeing in the distance a fig#Lk 6:44; Jn 1:48 tree with leaves, he went to find out if there was anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season for figs. 14He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit#Mt 3:8; 7:16–21 from you again!” #Jr 8:13 And his disciples#Mk 10:10 heard it.
Cleansing the Temple
15They came to Jerusalem,#Mt 23:37 and he went into the temple#Ac 21:26 and began to throw out those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers#Jn 2:15 and the chairs of those selling doves, 16and would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple. 17He was teaching them: “Is it not written,#Mk 1:2; Ac 15:15 My house#Lk 11:51; Jn 2:17 will be called a house of prayer#Ac 12:5; 16:13 for all nations?#11:17 Is 56:7 But you have made it a den of thieves!” #11:17Jr 7:11#Jr 7:11
18The chief priests and the scribes#Mt 2:4 heard it and started looking for a way to kill him. For they were afraid#Ps 147:11; Pr 1:7; Rv 14:7 of him, because the whole crowd was astonished by his teaching.
19Whenever evening came, they would go out of the city.
The Barren Fig Tree Is Withered
20Early#Mt 21:19–22 in the morning, as they were passing by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21Then Peter#Lk 6:14; Ac 10:32 remembered and said to him, “Rabbi,#Jn 11:8 look! The fig tree that you cursed#Jms 3:9 has withered.”
22Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God.#Mt 17:20 23Truly I tell you,#Ps 72:19; Rv 22:21 if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt#Ac 10:20 in his heart, but believes#Jn 3:16; Ac 10:43; Rm 10:9; 1Pt 1:8–10 that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.#Mk 9:23; Jn 11:22 24Therefore I tell you, everything you pray#Mt 5:44; Ac 12:12 and ask for#Jn 14:13; Jms 1:5 — believe that you have received#11:24 Some mss read you receive; other mss read you will receive#Mt 7:8 it and it will be yours. 25And whenever you stand#Lk 18:11 praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive#Mt 6:12; 9:2 him, so that your Father#Mt 5:16; Lk 11:13 in heaven#Mt 6:1; Lk 12:33 will also forgive#Ps 25:11; Mt 9:2 you your wrongdoing.”#11:25 Some mss include v. 26: “But if you don’t forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your wrongdoing.”
The Authority of Jesus Challenged
27They#Mt 21:23–27; Lk 20:1–8 came again to Jerusalem.#Mt 23:37 As he was walking in the temple,#Ac 21:26 the chief priests, the scribes,#Mt 2:4 and the elders#3Jn 1 came 28and asked him, “By what authority#Mk 1:22 are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do these things?”
29Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question;#Mk 4:14 then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30Was John’s baptism#Lk 7:29; Ac 18:25; 19:3 from heaven or of human origin? Answer me.”
31They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe#1Jn 5:10 him?’ 32But if we say, ‘Of human origin’” — they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was truly a prophet.#Mt 2:23; Ac 7:52 33So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”