|New International Version (© 2011)|
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on 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.
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.
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,
Matthew 21:8 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Cut down branches from the trees - Carrying palm and other branches was emblematical of victory and success. See 1 Maccabees 13:51; 2 Maccabees 10:7; and Revelation 7:9.
The rabbins acknowledge that the prophecy in Zechariah refers to the Messiah; so Rab. Tancum, and Yalcut Rubeni has a strange story about the ass. "This ass is the colt of that ass which was created in the twilight of the sixth day. This is the ass which Abraham found when he went to sacrifice his son. This is the ass on which Moses rode when he went to Egypt; and this is the ass on which the Messiah shall ride." Some of the Jews seem to think that the zebra is intended; for according to Bab. Sanhedr. fol. 98, when Shapoor, king of Persia, said to Rabbi Samuel: "You say your Messiah will come upon an ass; I will send him a noble horse." To which the rabbi replied, "You have not a horse with a hundred spots (query, streaks) like his ass." See Lightfoot and Schoettgen.
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Leviticus 23:40 And you shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees...
John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna...
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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.