21:1  And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, unto the mount of the Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

21:2  saying to them, `Go on to the village over-against you, and immediately ye shall find an ass bound, and a colt with her -- having loosed, bring ye to me;

21:3  and if any one may say anything to you, ye shall say, that the lord hath need of them, and immediately he will send them.'

21:4  And all this came to pass, that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophet, saying,

21:5  `Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Lo, thy king doth come to thee, meek, and mounted on an ass, and a colt, a foal of a beast of burden.'

21:6  And the disciples having gone and having done as Jesus commanded them,

21:7  brought the ass and the colt, and did put on them their garments, and set `him' upon them;

21:8  and the very great multitude spread their own garments in the way, and others were cutting branches from the trees, and were strewing in the way,

21:9  and the multitudes who were going before, and who were following, were crying, saying, `Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.'

21:10  And he having entered into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, `Who is this?'

21:11  And the multitudes said, `This is Jesus the prophet, who `is' from Nazareth of Galilee.'

21:12  And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and did cast forth all those selling and buying in the temple, and the tables of the money-changers he overturned, and the seats of those selling the doves,

21:13  and he saith to them, `It hath been written, My house a house of prayer shall be called, but ye did make it a den of robbers.'

21:14  And there came to him blind and lame men in the temple, and he healed them,

21:15  and the chief priests and the scribes having seen the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, `Hosanna to the Son of David,' were much displeased;

21:16  and they said to him, `Hearest thou what these say?' And Jesus saith to them, `Yes, did ye never read, that, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou didst prepare praise?'

21:17  And having left them, he went forth out of the city to Bethany, and did lodge there,

21:18  and in the morning turning back to the city, he hungered,

21:19  and having seen a certain fig-tree on the way, he came to it, and found nothing in it except leaves only, and he saith to it, `No more from thee may fruit be -- to the age;' and forthwith the fig-tree withered.

21:20  And the disciples having seen, did wonder, saying, `How did the fig-tree forthwith wither?'

21:21  And Jesus answering said to them, `Verily I say to you, If ye may have faith, and may not doubt, not only this of the fig-tree shall ye do, but even if to this mount ye may say, Be lifted up and be cast into the sea, it shall come to pass;

21:22  and all -- as much as ye may ask in the prayer, believing, ye shall receive.'

21:23  And he having come to the temple, there came to him when teaching the chief priests and the elders of the people, saying, `By what authority dost thou do these things? and who gave thee this authority?'

21:24  And Jesus answering said to them, `I will ask you -- I also -- one word, which if ye may tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things;

21:25  the baptism of John, whence was it? -- from heaven, or from men?' And they were reasoning with themselves, saying, `If we should say, From heaven; he will say to us, Wherefore, then, did ye not believe him?

21:26  and if we should say, From men, we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet.'

21:27  And answering Jesus they said, `We have not known.' He said to them -- he also -- `Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

21:28  `And what think ye? A man had two children, and having come to the first, he said, Child, go, to-day be working in my vineyard.'

21:29  And he answering said, `I will not,' but at last, having repented, he went.

21:30  `And having come to the second, he said in the same manner, and he answering said, I `go', sir, and went not;

21:31  which of the two did the will of the father?' They say to him, `The first.' Jesus saith to them, `Verily I say to you, that the tax-gatherers and the harlots do go before you into the reign of God,

21:32  for John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye did not believe him, and the tax-gatherers and the harlots did believe him, and ye, having seen, repented not at last -- to believe him.

21:33  `Hear ye another simile: There was a certain man, a householder, who planted a vineyard, and did put a hedge round it, and digged in it a wine-press, and built a tower, and gave it out to husbandmen, and went abroad.

21:34  `And when the season of the fruits came nigh, he sent his servants unto the husbandmen, to receive the fruits of it,

21:35  and the husbandmen having taken his servants, one they scourged, and one they killed, and one they stoned.

21:36  `Again he sent other servants more than the first, and they did to them in the same manner.

21:37  `And at last he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son;

21:38  and the husbandmen having seen the son, said among themselves, This is the heir, come, we may kill him, and may possess his inheritance;

21:39  and having taken him, they cast `him' out of the vineyard, and killed him;

21:40  whenever therefore the lord of the vineyard may come, what will he do to these husbandmen?'

21:41  They say to him, `Evil men -- he will evilly destroy them, and the vineyard will give out to other husbandmen, who will give back to him the fruits in their seasons.'

21:42  Jesus saith to them, `Did ye never read in the Writings, A stone that the builders disallowed, it became head of a corner; from the Lord hath this come to pass, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

21:43  `Because of this I say to you, that the reign of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth its fruit;

21:44  and he who is falling on this stone shall be broken, and on whomsoever it may fall it will crush him to pieces.'

21:45  And the chief priests and the Pharisees having heard his similes, knew that of them he speaketh,

21:46  and seeking to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, seeing they were holding him as a prophet.