Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord,(A) for he is good;(B)
    his love endures forever.(C)

Let Israel say:(D)
    “His love endures forever.”(E)

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19 Open for me the gates(A) of the righteous;
    I will enter(B) and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord(C)
    through which the righteous may enter.(D)
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;(E)
    you have become my salvation.(F)

22 The stone(G) the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;(H)
23 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous(I) in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad.(J)

25 Lord, save us!(K)
    Lord, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes(L) in the name of the Lord.
    From the house of the Lord we bless you.[a](M)
27 The Lord is God,(N)
    and he has made his light shine(O) on us.
With boughs in hand,(P) join in the festal procession
    up[b] to the horns of the altar.(Q)

28 You are my God, and I will praise you;
    you are my God,(R) and I will exalt(S) you.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 118:26 The Hebrew is plural.
  2. Psalm 118:27 Or Bind the festal sacrifice with ropes / and take it

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King(A)(B)

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,(C) Jesus sent two disciples, 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. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill(D) what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a](E)

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks(F) on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”(G)

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c](H)

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”(I)

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.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 21:5 Zech. 9:9
  2. Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15
  3. Matthew 21:9 Psalm 118:25,26
  4. Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15