John 12:13
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English Standard Version
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

King James Bible
Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

American Standard Version
took the branches of the palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried out, Hosanna: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried: Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.

English Revised Version
took the branches of the palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried out, Hosanna: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
Took branches of palm-trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna; Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
took branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, shouting as they went, "God save him! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord--even on the King of Israel!"

John 12:13 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Branches of palms (τὰ βαΐ́α τῶν φοινίκων)

The A.V. overlooks both the articles, the branches of the palms. βαΐ́α occurs only here in the New Testament, and means palm branches, or, strictly, tops of the palms where the fruit is produced. Of the palms may have been added by John for readers unacquainted with the technical term, but the expression palm branches of the palms, is similar to housemaster of the house (οἰκοδεσπότης τῆς οἰκίας, Luke 22:11). The articles are commonly explained as marking the trees which were by the wayside on the route of the procession. Some think that they point to the well-known palm branches connected with the Feast of Tabernacles. On the different terms employed by the Evangelists for "branches," see on Mark 11:8.

To meet (εἰς ὑπάντησιν)

Very literally, to a going to meet.

Cried (ἔκραζον)

Imperfect, kept crying as he advanced.

Hosanna

Meaning O save!

Blessed (εὐλογημένος)

A different word from the blessed of Matthew 5:3 (μακάριος). This is the perfect participle of the verb εὐλογέω, to speak well of, praise, hence our eulogy. Matthew's word applies to character; this to repute. The ascription of praise here is from Psalm 118:25, Psalm 118:26. This Psalm, according to Perowne, was composed originally for the first celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles after the completion of the sacred temple. The words of the twenty-fifth verse were sung during that feast, when the altar of burnt-offering was solemnly compassed; that is, once on each of the first six days of the feast, and seven times on the seventh day. This seventh day was called "the Great Hosanna," and not only the prayers for the feast, but even the branches of trees, including the myrtles which were attached to the palm branch, were called "Hosannas."

The King of Israel

The best texts add καὶ, even the king, etc.

John 12:13 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

branches.

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...

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds...

Hosanna.

Psalm 72:17-19 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him...

Psalm 118:25,26 Save now, I beseech you, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech you, send now prosperity...

Matthew 21:9-11 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David...

Matthew 23:39 For I say to you, You shall not see me from now on, till you shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

Mark 11:8-10 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strewed them in the way...

Luke 19:35-38 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments on the colt, and they set Jesus thereon...

the King.

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

John 1:49 Nathanael answered and said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.

John 19:15,19-22 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate said to them, Shall I crucify your King...

Isaiah 44:6 Thus said the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last...

Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king...

Zephaniah 3:15 The LORD has taken away your judgments, he has cast out your enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the middle of you...

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works...

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Cross References
Psalm 118:26
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.

Matthew 27:42
"He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.

John 1:49
Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"

John 12:14
And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

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