MT 21:1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, unto the mount of the Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
MT 21:2 saying to them, `Go on to the village over-against you, and immediately ye shall find an ass bound, and a colt with her -- having loosed, bring ye to me;
MT 21:3 and if any one may say anything to you, ye shall say, that the lord hath need of them, and immediately he will send them.'
MT 21:4 And all this came to pass, that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophet, saying,
MT 21:5 `Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Lo, thy king doth come to thee, meek, and mounted on an ass, and a colt, a foal of a beast of burden.'
MT 21:6 And the disciples having gone and having done as Jesus commanded them,
MT 21:7 brought the ass and the colt, and did put on them their garments, and set `him' upon them;
MT 21:8 and the very great multitude spread their own garments in the way, and others were cutting branches from the trees, and were strewing in the way,
MT 21:9 and the multitudes who were going before, and who were following, were crying, saying, `Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.'
MT 21:10 And he having entered into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, `Who is this?'
MT 21:11 And the multitudes said, `This is Jesus the prophet, who `is' from Nazareth of Galilee.'
MT 21:12 And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and did cast forth all those selling and buying in the temple, and the tables of the money-changers he overturned, and the seats of those selling the doves,
MT 21:13 and he saith to them, `It hath been written, My house a house of prayer shall be called, but ye did make it a den of robbers.'
MT 21:14 And there came to him blind and lame men in the temple, and he healed them,
MT 21:15 and the chief priests and the scribes having seen the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, `Hosanna to the Son of David,' were much displeased;
MT 21:16 and they said to him, `Hearest thou what these say?' And Jesus saith to them, `Yes, did ye never read, that, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou didst prepare praise?'
MT 21:17 And having left them, he went forth out of the city to Bethany, and did lodge there,
MT 21:18 and in the morning turning back to the city, he hungered,
MT 21:19 and having seen a certain fig-tree on the way, he came to it, and found nothing in it except leaves only, and he saith to it, `No more from thee may fruit be -- to the age;' and forthwith the fig-tree withered.
MT 21:20 And the disciples having seen, did wonder, saying, `How did the fig-tree forthwith wither?'
MT 21:21 And Jesus answering said to them, `Verily I say to you, If ye may have faith, and may not doubt, not only this of the fig-tree shall ye do, but even if to this mount ye may say, Be lifted up and be cast into the sea, it shall come to pass;
MT 21:22 and all -- as much as ye may ask in the prayer, believing, ye shall receive.'
MT 21:23 And he having come to the temple, there came to him when teaching the chief priests and the elders of the people, saying, `By what authority dost thou do these things? and who gave thee this authority?'
MT 21:24 And Jesus answering said to them, `I will ask you -- I also -- one word, which if ye may tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things;
MT 21:25 the baptism of John, whence was it? -- from heaven, or from men?' And they were reasoning with themselves, saying, `If we should say, From heaven; he will say to us, Wherefore, then, did ye not believe him?
MT 21:26 and if we should say, From men, we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet.'
MT 21:27 And answering Jesus they said, `We have not known.' He said to them -- he also -- `Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
MT 21:28 `And what think ye? A man had two children, and having come to the first, he said, Child, go, to-day be working in my vineyard.'
MT 21:29 And he answering said, `I will not,' but at last, having repented, he went.
MT 21:30 `And having come to the second, he said in the same manner, and he answering said, I `go', sir, and went not;
MT 21:31 which of the two did the will of the father?' They say to him, `The first.' Jesus saith to them, `Verily I say to you, that the tax-gatherers and the harlots do go before you into the reign of God,
MT 21:32 for John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye did not believe him, and the tax-gatherers and the harlots did believe him, and ye, having seen, repented not at last -- to believe him.
MT 21:33 `Hear ye another simile: There was a certain man, a householder, who planted a vineyard, and did put a hedge round it, and digged in it a wine-press, and built a tower, and gave it out to husbandmen, and went abroad.
MT 21:34 `And when the season of the fruits came nigh, he sent his servants unto the husbandmen, to receive the fruits of it,
MT 21:35 and the husbandmen having taken his servants, one they scourged, and one they killed, and one they stoned.
MT 21:36 `Again he sent other servants more than the first, and they did to them in the same manner.
MT 21:37 `And at last he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son;
MT 21:38 and the husbandmen having seen the son, said among themselves, This is the heir, come, we may kill him, and may possess his inheritance;
MT 21:39 and having taken him, they cast `him' out of the vineyard, and killed him;
MT 21:40 whenever therefore the lord of the vineyard may come, what will he do to these husbandmen?'
MT 21:41 They say to him, `Evil men -- he will evilly destroy them, and the vineyard will give out to other husbandmen, who will give back to him the fruits in their seasons.'
MT 21:42 Jesus saith to them, `Did ye never read in the Writings, A stone that the builders disallowed, it became head of a corner; from the Lord hath this come to pass, and it is wonderful in our eyes.
MT 21:43 `Because of this I say to you, that the reign of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth its fruit;
MT 21:44 and he who is falling on this stone shall be broken, and on whomsoever it may fall it will crush him to pieces.'
MT 21:45 And the chief priests and the Pharisees having heard his similes, knew that of them he speaketh,
MT 21:46 and seeking to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, seeing they were holding him as a prophet.