Matthew 21:1-22 New American Standard Bible

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

21 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage , at the Mount of Olives , then Jesus sent two disciples , 2  saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3  "If anyone says anything to you, you shall say , 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." 4  This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet : 5  " SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION , 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE , AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY , EVEN ON A COLT , THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN .' " 6  The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7  and brought the donkey and the colt , and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats . 8  Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road , and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road . 9  The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed , were shouting , "Hosanna to the Son of David ; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE Lord ; Hosanna in the highest !" 10  When He had entered Jerusalem , all the city was stirred , saying , "Who is this ?" 11  And the crowds were saying , "This is the prophet Jesus , from Nazareth in Galilee ."

The Cleansing of the Temple

12  And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple , and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves . 13  And He said to them, "It is written , ' MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER '; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN ." 14  And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple , and He healed them. 15  But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done , and the children who were shouting in the temple , "Hosanna to the Son of David ," they became indignant 16  and said to Him, "Do You hear what these children are saying ?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes ; have you never read , ' OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF'?" 17  And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany , and spent the night there .

The Cursing of the Fig Tree

18  Now in the morning , when He was returning to the city , He became hungry . 19  Seeing a lone fig tree by the road , He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only ; and He said to it, "No longer shall there ever e be any fruit from you." And at once the fig tree withered . 20  Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked , "How did the fig tree wither all at once ?" 21  And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt , you will not only do what was done to the fig tree , but even if you say to this mountain , 'Be taken up and cast into the sea ,' it will happen . 22  "And all things you ask in prayer , believing , you will receive ."

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