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(A)The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying:

“Hosanna[a] to the Son of David;
    blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”

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  1. 21:9 Hosanna: the Hebrew means “(O Lord) grant salvation”; see Ps 118:25, but that invocation had become an acclamation of jubilation and welcome. Blessed is he…in the name of the Lord: see Ps 118:26 and the note on Jn 12:13. In the highest: probably only an intensification of the acclamation, although Hosanna in the highest could be taken as a prayer, “May God save (him).”