Neno: Bibilia Takatifu
Yesu Anaingia Yerusalemu Kwa Shangwe
21 Walipokaribia Yerusalemu, wakafika Bethfage katika mlima wa Mizeituni. Ndipo Yesu akawatuma wanafunzi wake wawili, 2 aka waagiza, “Nendeni katika kijiji kilichoko mbele yenu na mkiingia mtamwona punda amefungwa na mwanapunda pamoja naye. Wafungueni mniletee. 3 Kama mtu akiwauliza lo lote, mwambieni, ‘Bwana anawa hitaji 4 Haya yalitokea ili kutimiza utabiri wa nabii aliposema, 5 ‘Mwambieni binti Sayuni, tazama mfalme wako anakuja kwako ni mnyenyekevu, na amepanda punda, mwanapunda, mtoto wa punda.’
6 Wale wanafunzi wakaenda, wakafanya kama Yesu alivyowaagiza. 7 Wakamleta yule punda na mwanapunda. Wakatandika mavazi yao juu ya hao punda na Yesu akaketi juu yake. 8 Umati mkubwa wa watu wakatandika nguo zao barabarani, wengine wakakata matawi ya miti wakayatandaza barabarani. 9 Ule umati wa watu waliomtangulia na wale waliomfuata wakapiga kelele wakisema, “Hosana kwa Mwana wa Daudi . Amebarikiwa anayekuja kwa jina la Bwana! Hosana juu mbin guni.”
10 Yesu alipoingia Yerusalemu, mji wote ukajawa na hekaheka, watu wakauliza, “Huyu ni nani?” 11 Ule umati wa watu wakajibu, “Huyu ni Yesu, yule nabii kutoka Nazareti katika Galilaya.”
Yesu Afukuza Wafanya Biashara Hekaluni
12 Yesu aliingia katika eneo la Hekalu akawafukuza wote wali okuwa wakinunua na kuuza vitu Hekaluni. Akazipindua meza za watu waliokuwa wakibadilisha fedha na viti vya wale waliokuwa wakiuza njiwa. 13 Akawaambia, “Imeandikwa katika Maandiko, ‘Nyumba yangu itaitwa nyumba ya sala,’ lakini ninyi mmeigeuza kuwa pango la wanyang’anyi.”
14 Vipofu na vilema wakamwendea, naye akawaponya. 15 Lakini makuhani wakuu na walimu wa sheria waliudhika walipoona mambo ya ajabu aliyoyafanya na kuwasikia watoto wakishangilia Hekaluni wakisema, “Hosana kwa Mwana wa Daudi!” Wakamwuliza Yesu, 16 “Unasikia hawa wanavyosema?” Akawajibu, “Nasikia. Kwani hamjasoma maneno haya, ‘Kutoka katika vinywa vya watoto wadogo na wale wanaonyonya umeleta sifa kamili’? ” 17 Akawaacha akatoka nje ya mji, akaenda hadi Bethania, akalala huko.
18 Asubuhi, Yesu alipokuwa akirudi mjini, aliona njaa. 19 Alipoona mtini kando ya bara bara aliusogelea akakuta hauna tunda lo lote ila majani tu. Akaulaani akisema, “Usizae matunda kamwe!” Wakati huo huo ule mtini ukanyauka. 20 Wanafunzi wake wakashangazwa na tukio hilo wakamwuliza, “Imekuwaje mtini huu ukanyauka ghafla?” 21 Yesu akawajibu, “Nawaambia kweli, kama mna imani na msiwe na mashaka hata kidogo, mtaweza kufanya yaliy ofanyika kwa huu mtini; na hata mkiuambia mlima huu, ‘Ng’oka, nenda kajitupe baharini,’ itafanyika. 22 Na lo lote mtakaloomba katika sala, mtapewa, kama mna imani.”
Yesu Aulizwa Kuhusu Mamlaka Yake
23 Yesu alipoingia tena Hekaluni, makuhani wakuu na wazee walimjia alipokuwa akifundisha, wakamwuliza, “Unafanya mambo haya kwa mamlaka gani na ni nani amekupa mamlaka hayo?” 24 Yesu akawajibu, “Na mimi nitawauliza swali na mkinijibu nami nita waambia ni kwa mamlaka gani ninafanya mambo haya. 25 Ubatizo wa Yohana ulitoka wapi? Mbinguni au kwa watu?” Wakaanza kubishana kati yao wakisema, “Tukisema ulitoka mbinguni atatuuliza, ‘Mbona basi hamkumwamini?’ 26 Lakini tukisema ulitoka kwa wanadamu, tunaogopa hawa watu, maana wote wanamtambua Yohana kuwa ni nabii.” 27 Kwa hiyo wakamjibu Yesu, “Hatufahamu.” Naye aka waambia, “Nami sitawaambia ni kwa mamlaka gani ninatenda mambo haya.”
Mfano Wa Wana Wawili
28 ‘Lakini mwaonaje? Mtu mmoja alikuwa na watoto wawili wa kiume. Akamwendea yule wa kwanza akamwambia, ‘Mwanangu, nenda ukafanye kazi kwenye shamba la mizabibu leo.’ 29 Yule mwanae akasema, ‘Siendi,’ lakini baadaye akabadili mawazo akaenda. 30 Kisha yule baba akamwendea yule mwanae mwingine akamwambia vile vile. Yeye akajibu, ‘Nitakwenda baba,’ lakini asiende. 31 Ni yupi kati yao aliyetimiza alivyotaka baba yake?” Wakamjibu, “Yule wa kwanza.” Yesu akawaambia, “Nawaambieni kweli, watoza ushuru na makahaba wanawatangulia kuingia katika Ufalme wa Mungu.
32 Kwa maana Yohana alikuja kwenu kuwaonyesha njia ya haki, lakini hamkumwamini, ila watoza ushuru na makahaba walimwamini. Nanyi hata mlipoona hayo, baadaye hamkutubu na kum wamini.”
Mfano Wa Wapangaji Waovu
33 “Sikilizeni mfano mwingine: mtu mmoja mwenye shamba alilima shamba akapanda mizabibu. Akalizungushia ua, na ndani yake akachimba kisima cha kusindikia zabibu; na akajenga mnara. Kisha akalikodisha hilo shamba kwa wakulima fulani, akasafiri kwenda nchi nyingine.
34 “Wakati wa mavuno ulipokaribia aliwatuma watumishi wake kwa hao wakulima kupokea mavuno yake. 35 Wale wakulima wakawaka mata wale watumishi; wakampiga mmoja, wakamwua mwingine na kum piga mawe mwingine. 36 Akatuma watumishi wengine, wengi kuliko wale wa mwanzo. Wale wakulima wakawatendea vile vile. 37 Mwish owe akamtuma mwanae kwao akisema, ‘Bila shaka watamheshimu mwa nangu.’ 38 Lakini walipomwona mwanae, waliambiana, ‘Huyu ndiye mrithi. Njooni tumwue tuchukue urithi wake.’ 39 Basi wakamchu kua, wakamtupa nje ya shamba la mizabibu, wakamwua. 40 Sasa, akija yule mwenye shamba, mnadhani atawafanya nini hao waku lima?” 41 Wakamjibu, “Atawaangamiza kabisa hao wadhalimu na kulipangisha shamba lake kwa wakulima wengine ambao watampatia matunda yake wakati wa mavuno.”
42 Yesu akawaambia, “Hamjapata kusoma katika Maandiko kwamba: ‘Lile jiwe walilokataa wajenzi limekuwa jiwe kuu la pembeni; Bwana ndiye amefanya jambo hili nalo ni zuri ajabu machoni petu’?
43 Kwa hiyo ninawaambia, Ufalme wa Mungu utaondolewa kwenu na watapewa watu wawezao kutoa matunda yake.” [ 44 “Na ambaye ataanguka kwenye jiwe hili atavunjika vipande vipande, lakini yule litakayemwangukia atasagika sagika.”]
45 Makuhani wakuu na Mafarisayo waliposikia mifano yake, walitambua kuwa alikuwa akiwasema wao. 46 Wakatafuta njia ya kumkamata lakini waliogopa ule umati wa watu kwa kuwa wao walim tambua Yesu kuwa nabii.
New International Version
21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,(C) Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill(D) what was spoken through the prophet:
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks(F) on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet(J) from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Jesus at the Temple(K)
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying(L) and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers(M) and the benches of those selling doves.(N) 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[e](O) but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’[f]”(P)
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.(Q) 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,”(R) they were indignant.(S)
16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany,(U) where he spent the night.
Jesus Curses a Fig Tree(V)
18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.(W)
20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt,(X) not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for(Y) in prayer.”
The Authority of Jesus Questioned(Z)
23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority(AA) are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”
24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”(AB)
27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
The Parable of the Two Sons
28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’(AC)
29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
“The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors(AD) and the prostitutes(AE) are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness,(AF) and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors(AG) and the prostitutes(AH) did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent(AI) and believe him.
The Parable of the Tenants(AJ)
33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted(AK) a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower.(AL) Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.(AM) 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants(AN) to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.(AO) 36 Then he sent other servants(AP) to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir.(AQ) Come, let’s kill him(AR) and take his inheritance.’(AS) 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you(AW) and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”[i](AX)
45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.(AY)
- Matthew 21:5 Zech. 9:9
- Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15
- Matthew 21:9 Psalm 118:25,26
- Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15
- Matthew 21:13 Isaiah 56:7
- Matthew 21:13 Jer. 7:11
- Matthew 21:16 Psalm 8:2 (see Septuagint)
- Matthew 21:42 Psalm 118:22,23
- Matthew 21:44 Some manuscripts do not have verse 44.