Mark 11

The Triumphal Entry

1 When a they approached Jerusalem, b at Bethphage and Bethany c near the
Mount of Olives: A mountain east of Jerusalem, across the Kidron Valley
Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples
2 and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’”

4 So they went and found a young donkey outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, 5 and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the donkey?” 6 They answered them just as Jesus had said, so they let them go. 7 Then they brought the donkey to Jesus and threw their robes on it, and He sat on it.

8 Many people spread their robes on the road, e and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields.
Other mss read others were cutting leafy branches from the trees and spreading them on the road
9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting:

Hosanna: A term of praise derived from the Hebrew word for save

He who comes in the name h
of the Lord is the blessed One! i , j
10 The coming kingdom k
of our father David l is blessed!
Hosanna m in the highest heaven!

11 And He went into Jerusalem n and into the
temple complex: In the Jerusalem temple, the complex included the sanctuary (the holy place and the holy of holies), at least 4 courtyards (for priests, Jewish men, Jewish women, and Gentiles), numerous gates, and several covered walkways.
temple complex. p After looking around at everything, since it was already late, He went out to Bethany q with the Twelve.

The Barren Fig Tree Is Cursed

12 The r next day when they came out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13After seeing in the distance a fig s tree with leaves, He went to find out if there was anything on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit t from you again!u And His disciples v heard it.

Cleansing the Temple Complex

15 They came to Jerusalem, w and He went into the temple complex x and began to throw out those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers’ y tables and the chairs of those selling doves, 16 and would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple complex.

17 Then He began to teach them: “Is it not written, z My house aa will be called a house of prayer ab for all nations? ac But you have made it a den of thieves! ad , ae 18 Then the
chief priest(s): A group of Jewish temple officers that included the highpriest, captain of the temple, temple overseers, and treasurers
chief priests and the
scribe(s): A professional group in Judaism that copied the law of Moses and interpreted it, especially in legal cases
scribes ah heard it and started looking for a way to destroy Him. For they were afraid ai of Him, because the whole crowd was astonished by His teaching.

19 And whenever evening came, they would go out of the city.

The Barren Fig Tree Is Withered

20 Early aj in the morning, as they were passing by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Then Peter ak remembered and said to Him, “
Rabbi: The Hebrew word Rabbi means my great one; it is used of a recognized teacher of the Scriptures.
Rabbi, am look! The fig tree that You cursed an is withered.”

22 Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God. ao 23
I assure you: This is a phrase used only by Jesus to testify to the certainty and importance of His words; in Mt, Mk and Lk it is literally Amen, I say to you, and in Jn it is literally Amen, amen, I say to you.
I assure you: aq If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt ar in his heart, but believes as that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. at
24 Therefore I tell you, all the things you pray au and ask for av – believe that you have received
Some mss read you receive; other mss read you will receive
ax them, and you will have them.
25 And whenever you stand ay praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive az him, so that your Father ba in heaven bb will also forgive bc you your wrongdoing. [ 26But if you don’t forgive, neither will your Father in heaven bd forgive your wrongdoing.]”
Other mss omit bracketed text
These are the only uses of this word in Mk. It means “the violation of the Law” or “stepping over a boundary” or “departing from the path” or “trespass.”

Messiah’s Authority Challenged

27 They bg came again to Jerusalem. bh As He was walking in the temple complex, bi the chief priests, the scribes, bj and the elders bk came 28 and asked Him, “By what authority bl are You doing these things? Who gave You this authority to do these things?”

29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; bm then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 Was John’s baptism bn from heaven or from men? Answer Me.”

31They began to argue among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe bo him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘From men’” – they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was a genuine prophet. bp 33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
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