Matthew 21

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1 And when they were near Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage unto the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2 saying to them, Go ye into the village opposite you, and straightway you shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; when you have loosed them, bring them to Me.

3 And if anyone say anything to you, you shall say that the Lord has need of them; and straightway he will send them.

4 And all this was·​·done that it might be fulfilled which was declared through the prophet, saying,

5 Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King comes to thee, meek, and mounted upon a donkey, and a colt the son of her that is used to the yoke.*

6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus directed them.

7 They brought the donkey and the colt, and laid· their garments ·on them, and they had· Him ·sit·​·on them.

8 And a crowd of very·​·many spread their·​·own garments in the way; and others cut branches from the trees and spread them in the way.

9 And the crowds that went before, and they who followed, cried out, saying, 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 was come into Jerusalem, all the city was shaken, saying, Who is this?

11 And the crowd said, This is Jesus, the Prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.

12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all those who sold and bought in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of those who sold doves;

13 and says to them, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a cave of robbers.*

14 And there came to Him the blind and the lame in the temple; and He cured them.

15 But the chief·​·priests and the scribes seeing the marvelous thing which He did, and the boys crying·​·out in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, were·​·indignant;

16 and said to Him, Hearest Thou what these say? But Jesus says to them, Yes; have you never read, that out of the mouths of infants and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?*

17 And leaving them, He went out of the city to Bethany, and stayed there.

18 And in the morning, as He went up into the city, He hungered.

19 And seeing one fig·​·tree on the way, He came up·​·to it, and found nothing on it except leaves only, and says to it, No·​·more shall there be fruit from thee to eternity; and immediately the fig·​·tree dried·​·up.

20 And the disciples seeing, marveled, saying, How immediately has the fig·​·tree dried·​·up!

21 And Jesus answering, said to them, Amen I say to you, If you have faith, and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig·​·tree, but should you just say unto this mountain, Be thou taken·​·up, and be thou cast into the sea, it shall come·​·to·​·pass.

22 And all things whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

23 And coming into the temple, the chief·​·priests and elders of the people came to Him as He was teaching, saying, By what authority doest Thou these things? And who gave Thee this authority?

24 And Jesus answering, said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these·​·things.

25 The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven, or from men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven, He will say to us, Why did you not then believe him?

26 But if we shall say, From men, we fear the crowd, for all hold John as a prophet.

27 And answering Jesus, they said, We do not know. And He declared unto them, Neither do I say to you by what authority I do these things.

28 But what do you think? A man had two children, and coming to the first he said, Child, go, work today in my vineyard.

29 And he answering, said, I am not willing; but afterwards being·​·remorseful, he went.

30 And coming to the second, he said likewise; and he answering said, I go, lord; and went not.

31 Which of the two did the will of the father? They say to Him, The first. Jesus says to them, Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go before you into the kingdom of God.

32 For John came to you in the way of justice, and you did not believe him; but the publicans and the harlots believed him; and seeing it you were· not ·remorseful afterwards, that you might believe him.

33 Hear another parable: There was a certain man, a householder, who planted a vineyard, and put· a hedge ·around it, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let· it ·out to farmers, and went·​·abroad.

34 And when the time of the fruits was near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive the fruits of it.

35 And the farmers taking his servants, beat one, and killed one, and stoned one.

36 Again, he sent·​·out other servants, more than the first; and they did unto them likewise.

37 And last of all he sent to them his son, saying, They will have·​·respect·​·for my son.

38 But the farmers, seeing the son, said in themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and have his inheritance.

39 And taking him, they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

40 When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?

41 They say to Him, He will destroy those evil ones with·​·evil, and will let out the vineyard to other farmers, who will render him the fruits in their times.

42 Jesus says to them, Have you never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, this has been made into the head of the corner; this was made by the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes?*

43 Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth its fruits.

44 And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken; but on whomever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder.

45 And when the chief·​·priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they knew that He spoke of them.

46 And when they sought to take·​·hold of Him, they feared the crowds, since they held* Him as a prophet.

  
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