Matthew 21
Berean Literal Bible

The Triumphal Entry
(Zechariah 9:9-13; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19)

1And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey having been tied, and a colt with her. Having untied them, bring them to Me, 3and if anyone says anything to you, you will say that the Lord has need of them, and he will send them immediately.”

4And this came to pass, that it might be fulfilled that having been spoken by the prophet, saying,

5“Say to the daughter of Zion,

‘Behold, your King comes to you,

gentle and mounted on a donkey,

even upon a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”a

6And the disciples having gone and having done as Jesus commanded them, 7brought the donkey and the colt and put their cloaks upon them, and He sat on them.

8And the very great crowd spread their the cloaks on the road, and others were cutting down branches from the trees and were spreading them on the road.

9And the crowds going before Him and those following were crying out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”b

“Blessed is the One coming in the name of the Lord!”c

“Hosanna in the highest!”d

10And of Him having entered into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”

11And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet, Jesus, the One from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48; John 2:12-25)

12And Jesus entered into the templee and cast out all those selling and buying in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling the doves. 13And He says to them, “It has been written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer.’f But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’g

14And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15And the chief priests and the scribes, having seen the wonders that He did and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” were indignant 16and said to Him, “Do you hear what these say?”

And Jesus says to them, “Yes, have you never read:

‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings

You have prepared for yourself praise’h?”

17And having left them, He went out of the city to Bethany, and He passed the night there.

The Barren Fig Tree
(Mark 11:12-14; Mark 11:20-26)

18And in the morning, having come back into the city, He became hungry. 19And having seen one fig tree along the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except only leaves. And He says to it, “Never let there be any more fruit from you, to the age.” And the fig tree withered immediately.

20And having seen it, the disciples marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?”

21And Jesus answering said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and not do doubt, you will do not only this of the fig tree, but even if you should say to this mountain, ‘Be you taken away and be you cast into the sea,’ it will come to pass. 22And all things, as many as you might ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Jesus' Authority Challenged
(Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8)

23And of Him having come into the temple, teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him, saying, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave to You this authority?”

24And Jesus answering, said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I also will say to you by what authority I do these things. 25From where was the baptism of John? From heaven, or from men?”

And they were reasoning with themselves, saying, “If we should say, ‘from heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we should say, ‘from men,’ we fear the multitude; for all hold John as a prophet.” 27And answering Jesus, they said “We do not know.”

And He said to them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28But what do you think? A man had two sons, and having come to the first he said, ‘Son, go work in the vineyard today.’

29And answering he said, ‘I will not.’ But afterward, having repented,i he went.

30And having come to the second, he said likewise.

And answering he said, ‘I will sir,’ and he did not go.

31Which of the two did the will of the father?”

They say, “The first.”

Jesus says to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes go before you into the kingdom of God. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and you having seen, did not even repent afterward to believe him.

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
(Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-18)

33Hear another parable: There was a man, a master of a house, who planted a vineyard, and placed around it a fence, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower; and he rented it out to farmers and traveled abroad.

34And when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive his fruits. 35And the farmers having taken his servants, one they beat, and one they killed, and one they stoned.

36Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.

37And afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

38But the farmers having seen the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and gain possession of his inheritance.’ 39And having taking him, they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40Therefore when the master of the vineyard shall come, what will he do to those farmers?”

41They say to him, “He will destroy them, the wretches, grievously, and he will rent out the vineyard to other farmers who will give to him the fruits in their seasons.”

42Jesus says to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone that those building rejected,

this has become the chief corner.

This was from the Lord,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’j?

43Because of this I say to you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a people producing its fruits.k 44And the one having fallen on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”

45And the chief priests and the Pharisees, having heard His parables, knew that He speaks about them. 46And seeking to lay hold of Him, they feared the crowds, because they were holding Him as a prophet.

a 5 Zechariah 9:9
b 9 Psalm 118:25
c 9 Psalm 118:26
d 9 Psalm 148:1
e 12 BYZ temple of God
f 13 Isaiah 56:7
g 13 Jeremiah 7:11
h 16 Psalm 8:2
i 29 NE and WH do not include having repented
j 42 Psalm 118:22,23
k 43 Tischendorf and some manuscripts do not include verse 44.

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