Matthew 21 ©

1 Christ makes His entrance into Jerusalem, sitting upon an ass. 12 Drives out the temple the buyers and sellers. 14 And there heals blind and crippled ones. 15 Defends the crying of the children against the jealousy of the chief priests. 19 Curses a fig tree, which thereupon withers immediately. 21 Points to the power of faith. 23 Answers the question of the chief priests and rulers of the people, by what authority He did thus, by another question concerning the baptism of John. 28 Convinces them of their disobedience by a similitude of two sons. 33 And threatens their ruin by another similitude of the lord of a vineyard, whose servants and son were abused and slain by the husbandmen.


AND whena they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to 1Bethphage, unto the mount of 2Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,


Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, 3and bring them unto me.


And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will 4send them.


All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,


Tellb ye 5the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an 6ass, and a colt the 7foal of an ass.


And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,


And brought the ass, and the colt, andc put on them their clothes, and they setdhim 8thereon.


And a very great multitude 9spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawedethem in the way.


And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, 10Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessedf11is he that cometh in the 12name of the Lord; Hosannag in the highest.


And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?


And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.


¶Andh Jesus went into the temple of God, and 13cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the 14moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,


And said unto them, It is written, Myi house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a 15den of thieves.


And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.


And whenj the chief priests and scribes saw the 16wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,


And said unto him, 17Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Outk of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast 18perfected praise?


¶And he left them, and went out of the city into 19Bethany; and he 20lodged there.


Nowl in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.


And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.


And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!


Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, Ifm ye have 21faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.


Andn all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.


¶Ando when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, 22Byp what 23authority doest thou 24these things? and who gave thee this authority?


And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one 25thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.


The 26baptism of John, whence was it? 27from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned 28with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?


But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; forq all hold John as a prophet.


And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.


¶But what think ye? A certain man had two 29sons; and he came to the 30first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.


He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.


And he came to the 31second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, Irgo, sir: and went not.


Whethers of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the 32publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God 33before you.


Fort John came unto you in the 34way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.


¶Hear another parable: Thereu was 35a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and 36hedged it round about, and digged a 37winepress in it, and built a 38tower, and 39let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:


And when the time of the fruit drew near, he 40sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.


And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat 41one, and killed another, and stonedv another.


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


But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.


But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, Thisw is the heir; come,x let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.


And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.


When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?


They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.


Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, 42They stone which the builders 43rejected, the same is become the 44head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?


Therefore say I unto you, Thez kingdom of God shall be taken from you, andaa given to a nation bringing forth 45the fruits thereof.


Andab whosoever shall 46fall on this stone shall be broken: but onac whomsoever it shall 47fall, it will 48grind him to powder.


Andad when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.


But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him forae a prophet.