Mark 11 New Life Version (NLV)
The Last Time Jesus Goes to Jerusalem
11 Jesus and His followers were near Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives. They were in the towns of Bethphage and Bethany. Jesus sent two of His followers on ahead. 2 He said to them, “Go into the town over there. As soon as you get there, you will find a young donkey tied. No man has ever sat on it. Let the donkey loose and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing that?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it. He will send it back again soon.’”
4 The two followers went on their way. They found the young donkey tied by the door where two streets crossed. They took the rope off its neck. 5 Some men were standing there. They said to the two followers, “Why are you taking the rope off that young donkey?” 6 The two followers told them what Jesus had said and the men let them take the donkey. 7 They brought it to Jesus and put their coats over it. Jesus sat on the donkey. 8 Many people put their clothes down on the road. Others cut branches off the trees and put them down on the road. 9 Those who went in front and those who followed spoke with loud voices, “Greatest One! Great and honored is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Great is the coming holy nation of our father David. It will come in the name of the Lord, Greatest One in the highest heaven.”
11 Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the house of God. He looked around at everything. Then He went with the twelve followers to the town of Bethany because it was late.
The Fig Tree with No Fruit
12 They came from Bethany the next morning. Jesus was hungry. 13 Along the road He saw a fig tree with leaves on it. He went over to see if it had any fruit. He saw nothing but leaves. It was not the right time for figs. 14 Jesus said to the tree, “Let no one ever again eat fruit from you.” His followers heard Him say it.
Jesus Stops the Buying and the Selling in the House of God
15 Then they came to Jerusalem. Jesus went into the house of God. He began to make the people leave who were selling and buying in the house of God. He turned over the tables of the men who changed money. He turned over the seats of those who sold doves. 16 He would not allow anyone to carry a pot or pan through the house of God. 17 He taught them saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house is to be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? You have made it a place of robbers.”
18 The teachers of the Law and the religious leaders of the Jews heard it. They tried to find some way to put Jesus to death. But they were afraid of Him because all the people were surprised and wondered about His teaching. 19 When evening came, Jesus and His followers went out of the city.
The Fig Tree Dries Up
20 In the morning they passed by the fig tree. They saw it was dried up from the roots. 21 Peter remembered what had happened the day before and said to Jesus, “Teacher, see! The fig tree which You spoke to has dried up!” 22 Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For sure, I tell you, a person may say to this mountain, ‘Move from here into the sea.’ And if he does not doubt, but believes that what he says will be done, it will happen. 24 Because of this, I say to you, whatever you ask for when you pray, have faith that you will receive it. Then you will get it. 25 When you stand to pray, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins also. 26 *If you do not forgive them their sins, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.”
27 They came again to Jerusalem. Jesus was walking around in the house of God. The religious leaders and the teachers of the Law and other leaders came to Him. 28 They asked, “How do You have the right and the power to do these things? Who gave You the right and the power to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing also. If you tell Me, then I will tell you by what right and power I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Tell Me.” 31 They talked among themselves. They said, “If we say from heaven, He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 32 But how can we say, ‘From men’?” They were afraid of the people because everyone believed that John was one who spoke for God. 33 So they said, “We do not know.” Then Jesus said, “Then I will not tell you by what right and power I do these things.”