Christ rideth into Jerusalem in triumph: curseth a barren fig tree: driveth the buyers and sellers out of the temple. The cursed fig tree is dried up: Christ exhorteth to faith in prayer, and to forgiveness of enemies: and silenceth the priests and others, who called in question his authority.
1 AND awhen they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at bthe mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, cwhereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that dthe Lord ehath need of him; and straightway he will send him *hither.
4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door *without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
- *: without-outside.
5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, fand cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and *strawed them in the way.
- *: strawed-strewed, scattered.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, gcried, saying, *Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: h*Hosanna in the highest.
- h: Ps. 148:1
- *: Hosanna-save, we pray, a shout of praise.
11 And iJesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: jand when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
12 ¶kAnd on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
- k: Mat. 21:18
13 lAnd seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if *haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
15 ¶mAnd they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, nMy house shall be called 1of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
18 oAnd the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
19 pAnd when even was come, he went out of the city.
20 ¶qAnd in the morning, as they passed by, they saw rthe fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, 2Have faith in God.
23 sFor *verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, tWhat things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 uAnd when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 vBut if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
- v: Ja. 2:13
27 ¶wAnd they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking xin the temple, there come to him ythe chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
28 And say unto him, zBy what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29 And aJesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one 3question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 bThe baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not cbelieve him?
32 dBut if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, eWe cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, fNeither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.