eCited from Zech. 9:9; [Isa. 62:11]
i[Rev. 7:10]; See Ps. 118:25 (Heb.)
tCited from Isa. 56:7
x[See ver. 9 above]
zCited from Ps. 8:2 (Gk.)
al[See ver. 21 above]
be[See ver. 29 above]
bl[See ver. 33 above]

Matthew 21

The Triumphal Entry

1 aNow when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to bthe Mount of Olives, then Jesus csent two disciples, 2saying to them, Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4This took place dto fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5 eSay to the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
fhumble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt,
Or donkey, and on a colt,
the foal of a beast of burden.’”
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8Most of the crowd hspread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, iHosanna to jthe Son of David! kBlessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna lin the highest!” 10And mwhen he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11And the crowds said, “This is nthe prophet Jesus, ofrom Nazareth of Galilee.”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

12 pAnd Jesus entered the temple
Some manuscripts add of God
and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of rthe money-changers and the seats of those who sold spigeons.
13He said to them, “It is written, tMy house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but uyou make it a den of robbers.”

14 vAnd the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 wBut when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, xHosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, Yes; yhave you never read,

z“‘Out of the mouth of aainfants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise’?”
17And ableaving them, he acwent out of the city to adBethany and lodged there.

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

18 aeIn the morning, as he was returning to the city, afhe became hungry. 19 agAnd seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.

20When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” 21And Jesus answered them, ahTruly, I say to you, aiif you have faith and ajdo not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ak‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 22And alwhatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, amif you have faith.”

The Authority of Jesus Challenged

23 anAnd when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him aoas he was teaching, and said, apBy what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John, aqfrom where did it come? arFrom heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, asWhy then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From man,’ atwe are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was aua prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 avWhat do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in awthe vineyard today.’ 29And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he axchanged his mind and went. 30And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, Truly, I say to you, aythe tax collectors and azthe prostitutes go into bathe kingdom of God before you. 32For John came to you bbin the way of righteousness, and bcyou did not believe him, but bdthe tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward bechange your minds and believe him.

The Parable of the Tenants

33 bfHear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted bga vineyard bhand put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and bileased it to tenants, and bjwent into another country. 34When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants
Greek bondservants; also verses 35, 36
to the tenants blto get his fruit.
35 bmAnd the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and bnstoned another. 36 boAgain he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, bpThis is the heir. Come, bqlet us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39And they took him and brthrew him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 bsWhen therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, bt“He will put those wretches to a miserable death and bulet out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

42Jesus said to them, bv“Have you never read in the Scriptures:

bw“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
Greek  the head of the corner

this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God bywill be taken away from you and given to a people bzproducing its fruits. 44And cathe one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and cbwhen it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”
Some manuscripts omit verse 44

45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46And cdalthough they were seeking to arrest him, cethey feared the crowds, because they held him to be cfa prophet.

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