Berean Literal Bible
The Triumphal Entry
1And when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, He sends two of His disciples 2and says to them, “Go into the village before you, and immediately entering into it, you will find a colt having been tied, upon which no one of men has ever sat; having untied it, also bring it. 3And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘Because the Lord has need of it, and He will send it back here soon.’”
4And they departed and found the colt having been tied at the door outside, by the street. And they untied it, 5and some of those standing there were saying to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
6And they spoke to them as Jesus had commanded, and they allowed them. 7And they led the colt to Jesus, and they cast upon it their cloaks, and He sat on it.
8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others, branches having been cut down from the fields. 9And those going before and those following were crying out:
“Blessed is the One coming in the name of the Lord!”b
10“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father, David!”
“Hosanna in the highest!”c
11And He entered into Jerusalem, into the temple; and having looked around on all things, the hour being already late, He went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
12And on the next day, they having gone out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13And having seen a fig tree from afar, having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He will find anything on it. And having come to it, He found nothing except leaves; for it was not the season of figs. 14And answering He said to it, “May no one eat the fruit of you, no more to the age.” And His disciples were listening.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
15And they come to Jerusalem. And having entered into the temple, He began to cast out those selling and those buying in the temple. And He overturned the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those selling doves. 16And He would not permit that anyone should carry a vessel through the temple. 17And He began teaching, and was saying to them, “Has it not been written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations’d? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’e”
18And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and they were seeking how they might destroy Him. For they were afraid of Him, for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.
19And when evening came, they were going forth out of the city.
The Withered Fig Tree
20And passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree having been dried up from the roots. 21And Peter having remembered, says to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree that You cursed is dried up.”
22And Jesus answering, says to them, “Have faith from God. 23Truly I say to you that whoever shall say to this mountain, ‘Be you taken away and be you cast into the sea,’ and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he says takes place, it will be done for him. 24Because of this I say to you, all things whatever praying, you also ask, believe that you receive, and it will be to you.
25And when you may stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive it, so that your Father in the heavens also might forgive you your trespasses.”f
Jesus' Authority Challenged
27And they come again to Jerusalem. And as He is walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders come to Him. 28And they were saying to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? Or who gave You this authority, that You should do these things?”
29And Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing, and you answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.”
31And they began reasoning with themselves, saying, “What should we say? If we should say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32But should we say, ‘From men’...” They were afraid of the people, for all were holding that John truly was a prophet. 33And answering to Jesus, they say, “We do not know.”a 9 Psalm 118:25
b 9 Psalm 118:26
c 10 Psalm 148:1
d 17 Isaiah 56:7
e 17 Jeremiah 7:11
f 25 See Matthew 6:15. BYZ and TR 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.