Mark 11:1-18 Bible in Basic English

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

11 1  And when they came near to Jerusalem, to Beth-phage and Bethany, at the Mountain of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, 2  And said to them, Go into the little town opposite: and when you come to it, you will see a young ass with a cord round his neck, on which no man has ever been seated; let him loose, and come back with him. 3  And if anyone says to you, Why are you doing this? say, The Lord has need of him and will send him back straight away. 4  And they went away and saw a young ass by the door outside in the open street; and they were getting him loose. 5  And some of those who were there said to them, What are you doing, taking the ass? 6  And they said to them the words which Jesus had said; and they let them go. 7  And they took the young ass to Jesus, and put their clothing on him, and he got on his back. 8  And a great number put down their clothing in the way; and others put down branches which they had taken from the fields. 9  And those who went in front, and those who came after, were crying, Glory: A blessing on him who comes in the name of the Lord: 10  A blessing on the coming kingdom of our father David: Glory in the highest. 11  And he went into Jerusalem into the Temple; and after looking round about on all things, it being now evening, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

The Cursing of the Fig Tree

12  And on the day after, when they had come out from Bethany, he was in need of food. 13  And seeing a fig-tree in the distance with leaves, he went to see if by chance it had anything on it: and when he came to it, he saw nothing but leaves, for it was not the time for the fruit. 14  And he said to it, Let no man take fruit from you for ever. And his disciples took note of his words.

The Cleansing of the Temple

15  And they came to Jerusalem; and he went into the Temple, and sent out those who were trading there, overturning the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who were offering doves for money; 16  And he would not let any man take a vessel through the Temple. 17  And he gave them teaching, and said to them, Is it not in the Writings, My house is to be named a house of prayer for all the nations? but you have made it a hole of thieves. 18  And it came to the ears of the chief priests and scribes, and they took thought how they might put him to death; being in fear of him, because all the people were full of wonder at his teaching.

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