The Scriptures (ISR 1998)
1And having entered, He was passing through Yeriḥo.
2And see, a man called Zakkai! And he was a chief tax collector, and he was rich,
3and he was seeking to see who יהושע was, but was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.
4And having run ahead, he climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, because He was about to pass by.
5And as יהושע came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zakkai, hurry and come down, for I have to stay at your house today.”
6And he hurried and came down, and received Him, rejoicing.
7And seeing it, they all grumbled, saying, “He has gone in to stay with a man who is a sinner.”
8But Zakkai stood up and said to the Master, “Look, Master, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have taken whatever from anyone by false accusation, I repay fourfold.”
9And יהושע said to him, “Today deliverance has come to this house – since he also is a son of Aḇraham.
10“For the Son of Aḏam has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
11And as they were hearing this, He spoke another parable, because He was near Yerushalayim and they thought the reign of Elohim was about to be manifested straightaway.
12He therefore said, “A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a reign and to return.
13“And calling ten of his servants, He gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Trade until I come.’
14“But his subjects were hating him, and sent a delegation after him, to say, ‘We do not wish this one to reign over us.’
15“And it came to be, when he came back, having received the reign, that he sent for these servants to whom he had given the silver, in order to know what each had gained by trading.
16“And the first came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’
17“And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant. Because you were trustworthy in a small matter, have authority over ten cities.’
18“And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’
19“And he said to him also, ‘And you – be over five cities.’
20“And another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept laid up in a handkerchief.
21‘For I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.’
22“And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I shall judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was a hard man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow.
23‘Why did you not put the silver in the bank, that when I come I could have collected it with interest?’
24“Then he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who possesses ten minas.’
25“But they said to him, ‘Master, he already possesses ten minas.’
26‘For I say to you, that to everyone who possesses shall be given; and from him who does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him.
27‘But those enemies of mine who did not wish me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.’ ”
28And having said this, He went on ahead, going up to Yerushalayim.
29And it came to be, when He came near to Bĕyth Phag̅i and Bĕyth Anyah, at the mountain of Olives, that He sent two of His taught ones,
30saying, “Go into the village opposite you, in which, as you enter, you shall find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loosen it and bring it here.
31“And if anyone asks you, ‘Why do you loosen it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Master has need of it.’ ”
32And those who were sent went away and found it as He had said to them.
33And as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why do you loosen the colt?”
34And they said, “The Master needs it.”
35So they brought it to יהושע. And throwing their garments on the colt, they set יהושע on it.
36And as He went, they were spreading their garments on the way.
37And as He was coming near, already at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the entire crowd of the taught ones began, to praise Elohim, rejoicing with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen,
38saying, “ ‘Blessed is the Sovereign who is coming in the Name of יהוה!’ Peace in heaven and esteem in the highest!”
39And some of the Pharisees from the crowd, said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your taught ones.”
40But He answering, said to them, “I say to you that if these shall be silent, the stones would cry out.”
41And as He came near, He saw the city and wept over it,
42saying, “If you only knew even today, the matters for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43“Because days shall come upon you when your enemies shall build a rampart around you, and surround you and press you on all sides,
44and dash you to the ground, and your children within you. And they shall not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
45And having entered into the Set-apart Place, He began to drive out those selling and buying in it,
46saying to them, “It has been written, ‘My House is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of robbers.’ ”
47And He was teaching daily in the Set-apart Place. But the chief priests, and the scribes, and the leaders of the people were seeking to destroy Him,
48but they did not find what they might do, for all the people were hanging upon Him, listening.