Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

12 (A)On the following day, when they came from Bethany, (B)he was hungry. 13 (C)And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for (D)it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

15 (E)And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of (F)the money-changers and the seats of those who sold (G)pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, (H)‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But (I)you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and (J)were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because (K)all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 (L)And when evening came they[a] went out of the city.

The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree

20 (M)As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, (N)“Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have (O)faith in God. 23 (P)Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, (Q)‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not (R)doubt in his heart, but (S)believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, (T)whatever you ask in prayer, (U)believe that you (V)have received[b] it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever (W)you stand praying, (X)forgive, (Y)if you have anything against anyone, so that (Z)your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”[c]

The Authority of Jesus Challenged

27 (AA)And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28 and they said to him, (AB)“By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John (AC)from heaven or from man? Answer me.” 31 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, (AD)‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—(AE)they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was (AF)a prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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  1. Mark 11:19 Some manuscripts he
  2. Mark 11:24 Some manuscripts are receiving
  3. Mark 11:25 Some manuscripts add verse 26: But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses

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