Matthew 21:1-22 Revised Standard Version

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

21 1  And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth'phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2  saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3  If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." 4  This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5  "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass." 6  The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7  they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. 8  Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9  And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" 10  And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" 11  And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee."

The Cleansing of the Temple

12  And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13  He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers." 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 did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; 16  and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast brought perfect praise'?" 17  And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

The Cursing of the Fig Tree

18  In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry. 19  And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. 20  When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?" 21  And Jesus answered them, "Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will be done. 22  And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."

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