The Triumphal Entry

21 When they approached Jerusalem(A) and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives,(B) Jesus then sent two disciples, telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there with her colt. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.”

This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

Tell Daughter Zion,
“See, your King is coming to you,
gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt,
the foal of a donkey.”[a](C)

The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their clothes on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted:

Hosannato the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord![b]
Hosannain the highest heaven!(D)

10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus(E) from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Cleansing the Temple

12 Jesus went into the temple[c](F) and threw out all those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves.(G) 13 He said to them, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer,[d] but you are making it a den of thieves!”(H)[e]

Children Praise Jesus

14 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that he did and the children shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant 16 and said to him, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

Jesus replied, “Yes, have you never read:

You have prepared[f] praise(I)
from the mouths of infants and nursing babies?” [g]

17 Then he left them, went out of the city to Bethany,(J) and spent the night there.

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Footnotes

  1. 21:5 Is 62:11; Zch 9:9
  2. 21:9 Ps 118:25–26
  3. 21:12 Other mss add of God
  4. 21:13 Is 56:7
  5. 21:13 Jr 7:11
  6. 21:16 Or restored
  7. 21:16 Ps 8:2

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