Matthew 21:8
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New International Version
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

New Living Translation
Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

English Standard Version
Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

New American Standard Bible
Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.

King James Bible
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A very large crowd spread their robes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road.

International Standard Version
Many people in the crowd spread their own coats on the road, while others began cutting down branches from the trees and spreading them on the road.

NET Bible
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And a multitude of crowds were spreading their clothes on the road and others were cutting down branches from trees and laying them in the road.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Most of the people spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them in the way.

King James 2000 Bible
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and spread them in the way.

American King James Version
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way.

American Standard Version
And the most part of the multitude spread their garments in the way; and others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way:

Darby Bible Translation
But a very great crowd strewed their own garments on the way, and others kept cutting down branches from the trees and strewing them on the way.

English Revised Version
And the most part of the multitude spread their garments in the way; and others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the way.

Webster's Bible Translation
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way.

Weymouth New Testament
and most of the crowd kept spreading their garments along the road, while others cut branches from the trees and carpeted the road with them,

World English Bible
A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut branches from the trees, and spread them on the road.

Young's Literal Translation
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,
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 8. - A very great multitude; ὁ δὲ πλεῖστος ὄχλος: Revised Version, the most part of the multitude. This interpretation has classical authority (see Alford), but the words may well mean," the very great multitude;" Vulgate, plurima autem turba. This crowd was composed of pilgrims who were coming to the festival at Jerusalem, and "the whole multitude of the disciples" (Luke 19:37). Spread their garments (ἱμάτια) in the way. Fired with enthusiasm, they stripped off their abbas, as the two disciples had done, and with them made a carpet over which the Saviour should ride. Such honours were often paid to great men, and indeed, as we well know, are offered now on state occasions. Branches from the trees. St. John (John 12:13) particularizes palm trees as having been used on this occasion; but there was abundance of olive and other trees, from which branches and leaves could be cut or plucked to adorn the Saviour's road. The people appear to have behaved on this occasion as if at the Feast of Tabernacles, roused by enthusiasm to unpremeditated action. Of the three routes which lay before him, Jesus is supposed to have taken the southern and most frequented, between the Mount of Olives and the Hill of Offence.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And a very great multitude,.... Which consisted partly of the great multitude which followed Christ from Jericho, and partly of the much people that were come up to the feast of the passover from divers parts, and met him from Jerusalem; see John 12:12. These, many of them, for it cannot be thought to be done by them all,

spread their garments in the way; either in the middle of the road, instead of carpets, to ride upon; the Persic version adds, "that he might pass over them": this they did, in honour to him as a king. So when Jehu declared to the princes of Israel, that he was anointed king of Israel, they hastened, and took every man his garment, and put it under him, 2 Kings 9:13 that is, to tread upon; though the Jewish writers (x) say, it was done that he might be higher than them all, suitable to the dignity of a king: and it is reported (y) of Cato Uticensis, the emperor, that his soldiers strewed their garments for him to walk upon: or these garments were spread by the way side. Dr. Lightfoot conjectures, that little tents might be raised by them along the road, upon which they spread their garments to make a show, in imitation of the feast of tabernacles, to which there is a very great resemblance in many things which occur in this account; when they used to spread linen cloth, garments, and fruits, over their booths, for decoration and ornament; as appears from their traditions about these things:

, "if a man spreads a linen cloth over it", (his booth,) because of the sun, or under it, because of the falling of leaves, &c. or spreads it over a canopy, it is not right; but he may spread it over the bedposts (z).''

That is, for ornament, as the commentators observe (a). Again,

, if a man spreads a garment over it, (his booth,) or if he spreads it under it, because of what falls it is not right; but if he spreads it so as that it is, "for ornament", it is right; and so if he covers it according to the tradition of it, and encompasses it with various kinds of fruits, and precious things, and vessels which hang upon it, whether on its walls, or on its covering, so they be for ornament, it is right (b).''

In like manner, the multitude might hang their garments, to make the show the greater, either on such booths, or on the houses and trees, that were upon the road, as they went along.

Others cut down branches from the trees; from the olive trees, as the Persic version expresses it, which grew in great plenty hereabout; and also from the palm trees, the branches of which, with the boughs of other trees, were what the Jews used to carry in their hands on the feast of tabernacles; see Leviticus 23:40 and the Evangelist John expressly says, that the people which met Christ from Jerusalem at this time, did take branches of palm trees in their hands, John 12:13. And though this was not the time of the feast of tabernacles, but of the passover, yet it was common with the Jews to signify their joy upon any occasion, by such ways and methods they used at that least: so upon the cleansing of the tower of Jerusalem, by Simon Maccabeus, the Jews entered into it with thanksgiving, and branches of palm trees:

"And entered into it the three and twentieth day of the second month in the hundred seventy and first year, with thanksgiving, and branches of palm trees, and with harps, and cymbals, and with viols, and hymns, and songs: because there was destroyed a great enemy out of Israel.'' (1 Maccabees 13:51)

Likewise upon purifying the temple, which had been polluted by Antiochus, they kept eight days with gladness as in the feast of tabernacles, and bare branches and fair boughs, and palms also, as in the Apocrypha:

6 And they kept the eight days with gladness, as in the feast of the tabernacles, remembering that not long afore they had held the feast of the tabernacles, when as they wandered in the mountains and dens like beasts. 7 Therefore they bare branches, and fair boughs, and palms also, and sang psalms unto him that had given them good success in cleansing his place. (2 Maccabees 10)

But here it is said,

and they strawed them in the way: not in the middle of the road, which would have been an hindrance to riding; but by the way side, upon, the booths, or houses in the road, in honour of him; just as the Jews (c) say,

"the streets were strewed with myrtles, and the courts with purple, when Mordecai went out of the king's gate.''

(x) R. Levi ben Gersom, & R. Samuel Laniado in loc. (y) Plutarch in Aleibiade. (z) Misn. Succa, c. 1. sect. 3.((a) Maimon. & Bartenora in ib. (b) Maimon. Hilch. Succa, c. 5. sect. 17. (c) Targum in Esther 8.15.



Matthew 21:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Triumphal Entry
7and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!"…
Cross References
2 Kings 9:13
They quickly took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, "Jehu is king!"

Matthew 21:7
They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.

Mark 11:8
Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.

Luke 19:36
As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
Treasury of Scripture

And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way.

others.

Leviticus 23:40 And you shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, …

John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna…

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