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The Triumphal Entry
1When they were come near Jerusalem and had arrived at Bethphage and the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of the disciples on in front,
2saying to them, "Go to the village you see facing you, and as you enter it you will find a she-ass tied up and a foal with her. Untie her and bring them to me.
3And if any one says anything to you, say, 'The Master needs them,' and he will at once send them."
4This took place in order that the Prophet's prediction might be fulfilled:
5"Tell the Daughter of Zion, 'See, thy King is coming to thee, gentle, and yet mounted on an ass, even on a colt the foal of a beast of burden.'"
6So the disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them:
7they brought the she-ass and the foal, and threw their outer garments on them. So He sat on them;
8and most of the crowd kept spreading their garments along the road, while others cut branches from the trees and carpeted the road with them,
9and the multitudes—some of the people preceding Him and some following—sang aloud, "God save the Son of David! Blessings on Him who comes in the Lord's name! God in the highest Heavens save Him!"
10When He thus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into commotion, every one inquiring, "Who is this?"
11"This is Jesus, the Prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee," replied the crowds.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
12Entering the Temple, Jesus drove out all who were buying and selling there, and overturned the money-changers' tables and the seats of the pigeon-dealers.
13"It is written," He said, "'My House shall be called the House of Prayer', but you are making it a robbers' cave."
14And the blind and the lame came to Him in the Temple, and He cured them.
15But when the High Priests and the Scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done and the children who were crying aloud in the Temple, "God save the Son of David," they were filled with indignation.
16"Do you hear," they asked Him, "what these children are saying?" "Yes," He replied; "have you never read, 'Out of the mouths of infants and of babes at the breast Thou hast brought forth the praise which is due'?"
17So He left them and went out of the city to Bethany and passed the night there.
The Barren Fig Tree
18Early in the morning as He was on His way to return to the city He was hungry,
19and seeing a fig-tree on the road-side He went up to it, but found nothing on it but leaves. "On you," He said, "no fruit shall ever again grow." And immediately the fig-tree withered away.
20When the disciples saw it they exclaimed in astonishment, "How instantaneously the fig-tree has withered away!"
21"I solemnly tell you," said Jesus, "that if you have an unwavering faith, you shall not only perform such a miracle as this of the fig-tree, but that even if you say to this mountain, 'Be thou lifted up and hurled into the sea,' it shall be done;
22and everything, whatever it be, that you ask for in your prayers, if you have faith, you shall obtain."
Jesus' Authority Challenged
23He entered the Temple; and while He was teaching, the High Priests and the Elders of the people came to Him and asked Him, "By what authority are you doing these things? and who gave you this authority?"
24"And I also have a question to ask *you*," replied Jesus, "and if you answer me, I in turn will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25John's Baptism, whence was it? —had it a heavenly or a human origin?" So they debated the matter among themselves. "If we say 'a heavenly origin,'" they argued, "he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
26and if we say 'a human origin' we have the people to fear, for they all hold John to have been a Prophet."
27So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." "Nor do I tell you," He replied, "by what authority I do these things."
The Parable of the Two Sons
28"But give me your judgement. There was a man who had two sons. He came to the elder of them, and said, "'My son, go and work in the vineyard to-day.'
29"'I will not,' he replied. "But afterwards he was sorry, and went.
30He came to the second and spoke in the same manner. His answer was, "'I will go, Sir.' "But he did not go.
31Which of the two did as his father desired?" "The first," they said. "I solemnly tell you,' replied Jesus, "that the tax-gatherers and the notorious sinners are entering the Kingdom of God in front of you.
32For John came to you observing all sorts of ritual, and you put no faith in him: the tax-gatherers and the notorious sinners did put faith in him, and you, though you saw this example set you, were not even afterwards sorry so as to believe him.
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
33"Listen to another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, made a fence round it, dug a wine-tank in it, and built a strong lodge; then let the place to vine-dressers, and went abroad.
34When vintage-time approached, he sent his servants to the vine-dressers to receive his share of the grapes;
35but the vine-dressers seized the servants, and one they cruelly beat, one they killed, one they pelted with stones.
36Again he sent another party of servants more numerous than the first; and these they treated in the same manner.
37Later still he sent to them his son, saying, "'They will respect my son.'
38"But the vine-dressers, when they saw the son, said to one another, "'Here is the heir: come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.'
39"So they seized him, dragged him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
40When then the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-dressers?"
41"He will put the wretches to a wretched death," was the reply, "and will entrust the vineyard to other vine-dressers who will render the produce to him at the vintage season."
42"Have you never read in the Scriptures," said Jesus, "'The Stone which the builders rejected has been made the Cornerstone: this Cornerstone came from the Lord, and is wonderful in our eyes'?
43"That, I tell you, is the reason why the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a nation that will exhibit the power of it.
44He who falls on this stone will be severely hurt; but he on whom it falls will be utterly crushed."
45After listening to His parables the High Priests and the Pharisees perceived that He was speaking about them;
46but though they were eager to lay hands upon Him, they were afraid of the people, for by them He was regarded as a Prophet.