Chapter 21Matthew

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1 And when they drew nigh to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, to the mount of :Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, Go into the village that is over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring to me. 3 And if anyone speak aught to you, ye shall say [that], The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. 4 Now this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
5 Tell ye the daughter of Zion,
Lo, thy :King cometh to thee, Gentle, and riding on an ass, And on a colt, foal of an ass.

6 And the disciples went, and did even as :Jesus appointed them, 7 and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their garments; and he sat on them. 8 And the most part of the crowd spread their own :garments in the way; and others were cutting branches from the trees and were spreading them in the way. 9 And the crowds that went before him, and that followed, cried, saying

Hōsanna to David’s Son: Blessed he that cometh in the Lord’s name; Hosanna in the highest.

10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, Who is this? 11 And the crowds said, This is the prophet, Jesus, the one from Nazareth of :Galilee.

12 And Jesus entered into the temple, and cast out all that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold the doves; 13 and he saith to them, It is written, My :house shall be called a house of prayer: but ye make it a den of robbers. 14 And the blind and lame came to him in the temple; and he cured them. 15 But the chief priests seeing the wonders which he did and the children :crying in the temple and saying, Hosanna to the son of David, were indignant, 16 and said to him, Hearest thou what these are saying? And :Jesus saith to them, Yea: did ye never read [that] Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? 17 And he left them, and went forth out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.

18 Now in the morning as he returned to the city, he hungered. 19 And seeing one fig tree on the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only; and he saith to it, Be there no more fruit from thee unto the age. And immediately the fig tree withered away. 20 And the disciples seeing it marveled, saying, How did the fig tree immediately wither away? 21 And :Jesus answered and said to them, Amen I say unto you, If ye shall have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if ye shall say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it shall be done. 22 And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in :prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

23 And when he came into the temple, the chief priests came to him while teaching, and the elders of the people, saying, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this :authority? 24 And :Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one word, which if ye tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of :John, whence was it? from heaven or from men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say to us, Why then did ye not believe him? 26 But if we shall say, From men; we fear the crowd; for all hold :John as a prophet. 27 And they answered :Jesus, and said, We know not. HE also said to them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. 28 But what think ye? A man had two children; and he came to the first, and said, Child, go work today in the vineyard. 29 And he answered and said, I go, lord, and went not. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I will not, and went not; but afterward he repented, and went. 31 Which of the two did the will of the father? They say, The last. :Jesus saith to them, Amen I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of :God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: but ye seeing it did not even repent afterward unto :believing him.

33 Hear another parable: There was a man, a householder, who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country. 34 And when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his :bondmen unto the husbandmen, to receive its :fruits. 35 And the husbandmen took his :bondmen, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again, he sent other :bondmen more than the first: and they did to them likewise. 37 But afterward he sent unto them his :son, saying, They will reverence my :son. 38 But the husbandmen, seeing the son, said among themselves, This is the heir; come on, let us kill him, and have his :inheritance. 39 And they took and cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 When therefore the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do to those :husbandmen? 41 They say to him, He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will let out the vineyard to other husbandmen, who shall render him the fruits in their :seasons. 42 :Jesus saith to them, Did ye never read in the scriptures,

The stone which the builders rejected,
The same was made head of the corner;
This was from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes?

43 Therefore I say unto you [that], The kingdom of :God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth its :fruits. 44 And who falleth on this :stone shall be broken to pieces: but on whomever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust. 45 And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his :parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46 And seeking to lay hold on him, they feared the crowds, because they deemed him a prophet.

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