Luke 19:28-48 Bible in Basic English

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

28  And when he had said this, he went on in front of them, going up to Jerusalem. 29  And it came about that when he got near Beth-phage and Bethany by the mountain which is named the Mountain of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30  Saying, Go into the little town in front of you, and on going in you will see a young ass fixed with a cord, on which no man has ever been seated; let him loose and take him. 31  And if anyone says to you, Why are you taking him? say, The Lord has need of him. 32  And those whom he sent went away, and it was as he said. 33  And when they were getting the young ass, the owners of it said to them, Why are you taking the young ass? 34  And they said, The Lord has need of him. 35  And they took him to Jesus, and they put their clothing on the ass, and Jesus got on to him. 36  And while he went on his way they put their clothing down on the road in front of him. 37  And when he came near the foot of the Mountain of Olives, all the disciples with loud voices gave praise to God with joy, because of all the great works which they had seen; 38  Saying, A blessing on the King who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest. 39  And some of the Pharisees among the people said to him, Master, make your disciples be quiet. 40  And he said in answer, I say to you, if these men keep quiet, the very stones will be crying out.

41  And when he got near and saw the town, he was overcome with weeping for it, 42  Saying, If you, even you, had knowledge today, of the things which give peace! but you are not able to see them. 43  For the time will come when your attackers will put a wall round you, and come all round you and keep you in on every side, 44  And will make you level with the earth, and your children with you; and there will not be one stone resting on another in you, because you did not see that it was your day of mercy.

The Cleansing of the Temple

45  And he went into the Temple and put out those who were trading there, 46  Saying to them, It has been said, My house is to be a house of prayer, but you have made it a hole of thieves. 47  And every day he was teaching in the Temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people were attempting to put him to death; 48  But they were not able to do anything, because the people all kept near him, being greatly interested in his words.


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