Matthew 21:1-22 World English Bible

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

21 1  When they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethsphage, [1] to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2  saying to them, “Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them, and bring them to me. 3  If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4  All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, 5  “Tell the daughter of Zion,
behold, your King comes to you,
humble, and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” [2] 6  The disciples went, and did just as Jesus commanded them, 7  and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their clothes on them; and he sat on them. 8  A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut branches from the trees, and spread them on the road. 9  The multitudes who went before him, and who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna [3] to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” [4] 10  When he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11  The multitudes said, “This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

The Cleansing of the Temple

12  Jesus entered into the temple of God, and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers’ tables and the seats of those who sold the doves. 13  He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ [5] but you have made it a den of robbers!” [6] 14  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 who were crying in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the son of David!” they were indignant, 16  and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?”

Jesus said to them, “Yes. Did you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing babies you have perfected praise?’” [7] 17  He left them, and went out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.

The Cursing of the Fig Tree

18  Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19  Seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves. He said to it, “Let there be no fruit from you forever!”

Immediately the fig tree withered away. 20  When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree immediately wither away?” 21  Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done. 22  All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”


[1] 21:1 TR & NU read “Bethphage” instead of “Bethsphage”

[2] 21:5 Zechariah 9:9

[3] 21:9 “Hosanna” means “save us” or “help us, we pray.”

[4] 21:9 Psalm 118:26

[5] 21:13 Isaiah 56:7

[6] 21:13 Jeremiah 7:11

[7] 21:16 Psalm 8:2

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