Matthew 21:3
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New International Version
If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."

New Living Translation
If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will immediately let you take them."

English Standard Version
If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”

Berean Study Bible
If anyone questions you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."

Berean Literal Bible
and if anyone says anything to you, you will say that the Lord has need of them, and he will send them immediately."

New American Standard Bible
"If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

King James Bible
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone says anything to you, you should say that the Lord needs them, and immediately he will send them."

International Standard Version
If anyone says anything to you, tell him, 'The Lord needs them,' and that person will send them at once."

NET Bible
If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once."

New Heart English Bible
And if anyone says anything to you, you are to say, 'The Lord needs them,' and immediately he will send them."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And if a man says anything to you, say to him, 'They are needed by Our Lord', and immediately he will send them here.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them. That person will send them at once."

New American Standard 1977
“And if anyone says something to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if anyone says anything unto you, ye shall say, The Lord has need of them; and straightway he will send them.

King James 2000 Bible
And if any man say anything unto you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them; and immediately he will send them.

American King James Version
And if any man say ought to you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them; and straightway he will send them.

American Standard Version
And if any one say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if any man shall say anything to you, say ye, that the Lord hath need of them: and forthwith he will let them go.

Darby Bible Translation
And if any one say anything to you, ye shall say, The Lord has need of them, and straightway he will send them.

English Revised Version
And if any one say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if any man shall say aught to you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and immediately he will send them.

Weymouth New Testament
And if any one says anything to you, say, 'The Master needs them,' and he will at once send them."

World English Bible
If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and immediately he will send them."

Young's Literal Translation
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.'
Study Bible
The Triumphal Entry
2“Go to the village ahead of you,” He told them, “and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to Me. 3If anyone questions you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:…
Cross References
Matthew 21:2
"Go to the village ahead of you," He told them, "and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to Me.

Matthew 21:4
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
Treasury of Scripture

And if any man say ought to you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them; and straightway he will send them.

The Lord.

1 Chronicles 29:14-16 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer …

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and …

Psalm 50:10,11 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills…

Haggai 2:8,9 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, said the LORD of hosts…

John 3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.

John 17:2 As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal …

Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, …

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

straightway.

1 Samuel 10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band …

1 Kings 17:9 Arise, get you to Zarephath, which belongs to Zidon, and dwell there: …

Ezra 1:1,5 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the …

Ezra 7:27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which has put such a thing …

2 Corinthians 8:1,2,16 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down …

(3) The Lord hath need of them.--Simple as the words are, they admit of three very different interpretations. "The Lord" may be used either (1) in the highest sense as equivalent to Jehovah, as though the ass and the colt were claimed for His service; or (2) as referring to Christ in the special sense in which He was spoken of as "the Lord" by His disciples; or (3) as pointing to Him, but only in the language which all men would acknowledge, and without any special claim beyond that of being the Master whom the disciples owned as in a lower sense their Lord. Of these (3) is all but excluded by the facts of the case. The words involve a claim to more than common authority, and the claim is recognised at once. In favour of (2) we have the numerous instances in which the disciples and the evangelists not only address their Master as "Lord," but speak of Him as "the Lord" (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:19; Luke 10:1; Luke 17:6; Luke 18:6; John 11:2; John 13:13; John 20:2; John 20:13; John 20:18; John 20:20; John 20:25; John 21:7; John 21:12). For (1), lastly, we have our Lord's use of the word as a synonym for God (Mark 5:19; Mark 13:20). On the whole (2) appears to commend itself as most in accordance with the customary language of the disciples. On the very probable assumption that the owners of the colt were, in some sense, themselves disciples, they would recognise the full import of the words thus addressed to them, and obey without hesitation.

Verse 3. - Say aught unto you. This might naturally be expected. Christ foresaw the opposition, and instructed the disciples how to overcome it with a word. The Lord; Κύριος, equivalent to "Jehovah," or the King Messiah. Doubtless the owner of the animals was a disciple, and acknowledged the claims of Jesus. His presence here was a providentially guided coincidence. If he was a stranger; as others suppose, be must have been divinely prompted to acquiesce in the appropriation of his beasts. He will send them. Some manuscripts read, "he sends them," here, as in St. Mark. The present is more forcible, but the future is well attested. The simple announcement that the asses were needed for God's service would silence all refusal. The disciples, indeed, were to act at once, as executing the orders of the supreme Lord, and were to use the given answer only in case of any objection. Throughout the transaction Christ assumes the character of the Divine Messiah, King of his people, the real Owner of all that they possess. And if any man say ought unto you,.... As, what business have you with the ass and colt? why do you loose them? as certain persons, the owners of them did, as Mark and Luke relate;

ye shall say, the Lord hath need of them: he that is our Lord, and your Lord, and the Lord of these creatures, and of all things else, wants them for his present service;

and straightway he will send them: which is either a continuation of what the disciples should say to any that should ask them the reason of their loosing the ass and colt, in order to make them easy: that the Lord who had need of them, as soon as he had done with them, would send them back to their proper owners, safe and well: or they are spoken for the encouragement of the disciples to go, and not be disheartened, though they should be thus examined; for immediately upon saying, that the Lord stood in need of them, and had an use for them at that time, the owner thereof, without any more words, would immediately send them along with them; which latter rather seems to be the sense of the clause; and which is confirmed by Mark: a very clear proof is this of the omniscience of Christ. He knew, that there were an ass, and a colt, in such a village, fastened to such a door, just at the entrance into the town: he knew the owners of it would examine the disciples about loosing and taking them away, and prepares them to give an answer; and he knew that the minds of these owners would be immediately wrought upon, and inclined to let them go directly and quietly. 21:1-11 This coming of Christ was described by the prophet Zechariah, Zec 9:9. When Christ would appear in his glory, it is in his meekness, not in his majesty, in mercy to work salvation. As meekness and outward poverty were fully seen in Zion's King, and marked his triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, how wrong covetousness, ambition, and the pride of life must be in Zion's citizens! They brought the ass, but Jesus did not use it without the owner's consent. The trappings were such as came to hand. We must not think the clothes on our backs too dear to part with for the service of Christ. The chief priests and the elders afterwards joined with the multitude that abused him upon the cross; but none of them joined the multitude that did him honour. Those that take Christ for their King, must lay their all under his feet. Hosanna signifies, Save now, we beseech thee! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord! But of how little value is the applause of the people! The changing multitude join the cry of the day, whether it be Hosanna, or Crucify him. Multitudes often seem to approve the gospel, but few become consistent disciples. When Jesus was come into Jerusalem all the city was moved; some perhaps were moved with joy, who waited for the Consolation of Israel; others, of the Pharisees, were moved with envy. So various are the motions in the minds of men upon the approach of Christ's kingdom.
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