Chapter 21

When they came near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2and said to them, “Go to the village over there, and as soon as you enter you’ll find a donkey that’s been tied up and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If someone asks you about it, tell him, ‘The Master needs them,’ and he’ll immediately send them.” 4This fulfills the word spoken through the prophet, 5"Say to Zion’s daughter, ‘Look! Your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and a colt, the son of a donkey.’” 6The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do, 7they brought the donkey and the colt, they laid their coats on them, and Jesus sat on the coats. 8A huge crowd laid their clothes on the road, and others cut tree branches and spread them in the road. 9The crowds ahead of him and behind him were shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10As he went into Jerusalem, the whole city was startled and they said, “Who’s this?” 11The crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth of Galilee.”

12Jesus went into the temple and threw out everyone who was selling and buying there, he turned over the money changers’ tables and the seats of the people selling doves, 13and he said to them, “It’s written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you made it a den of thieves!

14Then the blind and lame came to him and he healed them. 15When the chief priests and the scholars saw the marvels he did and the children shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the son of David!” they became angry and said to him, “Do you hear what they’re saying?” 16Jesus said, “Yes. But haven’t you read, ‘From the mouths of infants and the nursing babies you’ve prepared praise for yourself’?” 17He left them and went out of the city to Bethany and stayed there.

18In the morning after walking up to the city, he was hungry. 19He saw a fig tree on the way. He went to it, but he didn’t find anything on it but leaves. He says to it, “No fruit will come from you ever again.” and the fig tree suddenly dried out. 20The disciples saw this and marveled, “How did the tree wither so quickly?” 21Jesus answered, “Yes I tell y’all, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, not only will a fig tree do what you say, but you could also say to a mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it’ll happen. 22And everything you ask for in faithful prayer you will receive.

23He went into the temple, and as he was teaching the chief priests and the people’s elders came to him and said, “With what authority do you do these things? And who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus answered, “I’ll ask y’all a question, too. If you answer it for me, I’ll tell y’all by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John, where did it come from? From Heaven or from men?” They thought this out between themselves saying, “If we say, ‘From Heaven,’ he’ll say to us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From men,’ we’ll fear the crowd, because they believe John is a prophet. 27They said to Jesus, “We don’t know.” He said to them, “Then I won’t tell y’all with what authority I do these things.

28“What do y’all think? A man had two children. He went to the first and said, ‘Child, go off and work in the vineyard today.’ 29The child said, ‘I don’t want to.’ But later he was sorry and went off to work. 30The man went to the other child and told him the same thing. The child answered, ‘I’ll go, sir.’ but he didn’t go. 31Which of the two did what the father wanted?” They said, “The first one.” Jesus says to them, “Yes, I tell y’all that the tax men and the prostitutes will get into God’s Empire before you. 32Because John came to you in the way of righteousness and you didn’t believe him. But the tax men and the prostitutes believe him. Y’all saw it, but still didn’t change your mind and believe.

33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He set a hedge around it, dug a winepress, and built a tower. Then he lent it out to the farmers and went on a trip. 34When harvest time came near, he sent his slaves to the farmers to get his fruit. 35The farmers took the slaves, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36He sent slaves again, more this time than the first, and the farmers did the same thing to them. 37Later he sent his son to them saying, ‘They’ll respect my son.’ 38But the farmers saw the son and said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him and then we’ll get his inheritance.’ 39They took him and threw him outside the vineyard and killed him. 40So when the master comes, what’s he going to do to those farmers?” 41They say to him, “He’ll put those evil men to a horrible death, then lend out the vineyard to other farmers who’ll give him the fruit of the harvest.” 42Jesus says to them, “Haven’t y’all ever read in the writings, ‘The stone the builders rejected will become the chief cornerstone. This was done by the Lord, and it’s marvelous to our eyes.’? 43So, I tell y’all that God’s Empire will be taken from you and given to the nation that’s making the fruit of the Empire. 44Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to bits, and whoever the stone falls on will be pulverized.” 45The Chief Priests and the Pharisees heard his parables and knew that he was talking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but were afraid of the crowd because they believed he was a prophet.

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