Matthew 21:12-27 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Cleansing the Temple
12 Then[a] Jesus entered the temple area[b] and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple courts,[c] and turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. 13 And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[d] but you are turning it into a den[e] of robbers!”[f]
14 The blind and lame came to him in the temple courts, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the experts in the law[g] saw the wonderful things he did and heard the children crying out in the temple courts,[h] “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant 16 and said to him, “Do you hear what they are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of children and nursing infants you have prepared praise for yourself’?”[i] 17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and spent the night there.
The Withered Fig Tree
18 Now early in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19 After noticing a fig tree[j] by the road he went to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. He said to it, “Never again will there be fruit from you!” And the fig tree withered at once. 20 When the disciples saw it they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” 21 Jesus[k] answered them, “I tell you the truth,[l] if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe,[m] you will receive.”
The Authority of Jesus
23 Now after Jesus[n] entered the temple courts,[o] the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority[p] are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus[q] answered them, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Where did John’s baptism come from? From heaven or from people?”[r] They discussed this among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From people,’ we fear the crowd, for they all consider John to be a prophet.” 27 So[s] they answered Jesus,[t] “We don’t know.”[u] Then he said to them, “Neither will I tell you[v] by what authority[w] I am doing these things.