Matthew 21

And when they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, to the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, Saying to them, Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them to me. And if any man says anything to you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them; and immediately he will send them. All this was done, that what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled, Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, and sitting upon a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the donkey, and the colt, and placed on them their garments, and he sat upon them. And a very great multitude spread their garments along the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and spread them on the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed after, cried out, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when he came into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, Who is this? 11 And the multitudes said, This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those who sold doves, 13 And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were very displeased, 16 And said to him, Do you hear what these say? And Jesus said to them, Yes; have you never read, Out of the mouths of children and nursing infants you have brought perfect praise? 17 And he left them, and went out of the city to Bethany; and he lodged there. 18 Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19 And when he saw a fig tree by the way, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves, and he said to it, Let no fruit grow on you ever again. And at once the fig tree withered away. 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How did the fig tree so quickly wither away? 21 Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you shall say to this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive. 23 And when he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority are you doing these things? and who gave you this authority? 24 And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, and if you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, where was it from? from heaven, or from men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say to us, Why then did you not believe him? 26 But if we shall say, From men; we fear the people; for all hold that John was a prophet. 27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We do not know. And he said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. 28 But what do you think? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in the vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said the same. And he answered and said, I will, sir: but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father? They said to him, The first. Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That the tax gatherers and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him: but the tax gatherers and the prostitutes believed him: and even when you had seen this, you did not afterward repent and believe him. 33 Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner, who planted a vineyard, and put a hedge around it, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to farmers, and went to a far country: 34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, that they might collect his fruit. 35 And the tenants took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again, he sent other servants, more than the first: and they did the same to them. 37 But last of all he sent to them his son, saying, They will respect my son. 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize his inheritance. 39 And they took him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? 41 They said to him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard to other tenants, who shall give him the fruits in their seasons. 42 Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the cornerstone: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore I say to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation which will bring forth its fruit. 44 And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them. 46 They sought to lay hands on him, but they feared the multitude, because they held him to be a prophet.
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