Matthew 21:4
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New International Version
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

New Living Translation
This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,

English Standard Version
This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

New American Standard Bible
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

King James Bible
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

International Standard Version
Now this happened to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet when he said,

NET Bible
This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But this that happened was so that the thing that was spoken by the Prophet would be fulfilled which says:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This happened so that what the prophet had said came true:

Jubilee Bible 2000
All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

American King James Version
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

American Standard Version
Now this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
But all this came to pass, that that might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,

English Revised Version
Now this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Weymouth New Testament
This took place in order that the Prophet's prediction might be fulfilled:

World English Bible
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And all this came to pass, that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophet, saying,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - All this was done; now (δὲ) all this hath come to pass. Many manuscripts omit "all," but it is probably genuine, as in other similar passages; e.g., Matthew 1:22; Matthew 26:56. This observation of the evangelist is intended to convey the truth that Christ was acting consciously on the lines of old prophecy, working out the will of God declared beforehand by divinely inspired seers. The disciples acted in blind obedience to Christ's command, not knowing that they were thus fulfilling prophecy, or having any such purpose in mind. The knowledge came afterwards (see John 12:16). That it might be fulfilled (ἵνα πληρωθῇ). The conjuction in this phrase is certainly used in its final, not in a consecutive or ecbatie sense; it denotes the purpose or design of the action of Christ, not the result. Not only the will of the Father, but the words of Scripture, had delineated the life of Christ, and in obeying that will he purposed to show that he fulfilled the prophecies which spake of him. Thus any who knew the Scriptures, and were open to conviction, might see that it was he alone to whom these ancient oracles pointed, and in him alone were their words accomplished. By (through, διά) the prophet. Zechariah 9:9, with a hint of Isaiah 62:11, a quotation being often woven from two or more passages (see on Matthew 27:9).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

All this was done,.... The disciples were sent to the neighbouring village for the ass and colt, and they brought them, and Christ rode upon them; not because of the distance of the place from Jerusalem, for he was just at it; or because he was weary, or it would be very fatiguing to him to walk thither on foot; for he had been used to travelling, and had gone through most parts of Galilee and Judea; but

that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: the Ethiopic version adds, Isaiah; for the former part of the following citation stands in Isaiah 62:11 as the latter does in Zechariah 9:9. It was usual with the Jews to cite Scripture in this manner, by taking a part from one writer, and another from anther, and joining them together: saying, the following words.



Matthew 21:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Triumphal Entry
3"If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5"SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'"…
Cross References
Matthew 21:3
If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."

Mark 11:7
When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.

Luke 19:35
They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.

John 12:12
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

this.

Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken …

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might …

John 19:36,37 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, …

saying.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

John 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, your King comes, sitting on an ass's colt.

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