And it came to pass, on the next day, when they came near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two of His disciples, saying to them, "Go your way into the village that is opposite you, and immediately upon entering into it, ye shall find an ass tied and a colt tied with her upon which no man has ever yet sat: loose them and bring them to Me. And if any one ask you, 'Why do ye loose them?' thus shall ye say, 'The Lord hath need of them'; and immediately he will send them hither."
Then the disciples that were sent went and found even as He said to them, and they did even as Jesus directed them. And as they were loosing the colt, some of those standing there, the owners of it, said to them, "What are ye doing, loosing the colt?" and they said to them even as Jesus had said: "The Lord hath need of him"; and they let them go. And they led the ass and the colt to Jesus, and having cast their garments upon the colt, they set Jesus upon him. Now this came to pass that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
"Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh to thee' Meek, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt, the foal of an ass."
These things His disciples understood not at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they did these things to Him.
Now a great multitude that had come to the feast, having heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went forth to meet Him. Moreover the multitude that was with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, was bearing testimony. On this account also the multitude went to meet Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
Now as He went on His way, the most of the multitude spread their own garments in the road, and others cut branches from the trees of the fields and strewed them in the road. Now as He was already drawing near to the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works which they had seen. And they that went before and they that followed, cried, saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the King that cometh in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! Blessed be the coming kingdom of our father David: Hosanna in the highest! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
And some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to Him, "Teacher, rebuke Thy disciples." And answering, He said, "I tell you, that if these shall be silent, the stones will cry out." The Pharisees, therefore, said among themselves, "Behold how ye gain nothing! Lo, the world is gone after Him."
And as He came near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, "If thou hadst known, even thou, in this thy day, the things concerning thy peace! But now they are hidden from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, when thine enemies shall cast up an embankment around thee, and shall surround thee and shut thee in on every side, and shall level thee with the ground and overthrow thy children in thee, and shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy deliverance."
And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple. And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was agitated, saying, "Who is this?" Then the multitude said, "This is the Prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." And the blind and lame came to Him in the temple and He healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things which He did, and the children who were crying in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, and said to Him, "Hearest Thou what these are saying?" Then Jesus saith to them, "Yea; did ye never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise?'
And when He had looked around on all things, the hour being already late, He left them and went forth out of the city to Bethany with the twelve, and passed the night there.