21:1 And when they were near to Jerusalem, and had come to Bethphage to the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
2 saying to them: Go into the village that is opposite to you, and you will immediately find an ass tied and a colt with her; loose and bring them to me.
3 And if any one say anything to you, you shall say that the Lord has need of them; and he will immediately send them.
4 And this was done that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophet, saying:
5 Say to the daughter of Zion: Behold, thy King comes to thee meek and mounted on an ass, yes, on a colt the foal of a beast of burden.
6 And the disciples went and did as Jesus had commanded them,
7 and brought the ass and the colt, and put their mantles on them, and he sat upon them.
8 And the most of the multitude spread their mantles in the road, but others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the road.
9 And the multitudes that went before him, and those that followed cried out, saying: Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.
10 And as he entered into Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying: Who is this?
11 And the multitudes said: This is the prophet Jesus, who is from Nazareth of Galilee.
12 And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and cast out all that sold and bought in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those that sold doves,
13 and said to them: It is written: My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you make it a den of robbers.
14 And there came to him the blind and the lame in the temple, and he cured them.
15 And the chief priests and the scribes seeing the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying: Hosanna to the Son of David, they were displeased,
16 and said to him: Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus says to them: Yes; have you never read that out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast prepared praise?
17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.
18 But in the morning as he re turned to the city he was hungry.
19 And seeing a fig tree on the road, he went to it, and found nothing on it, but leaves only; and he said to it: Let fruit grow from thee no more for ever. And the fig tree immediately withered.
20 And the disciples seeing it were astonished, saying: How did the fig tree immediately wither?
21 But Jesus answered and said to them: Verily I say to you, if you have faith and doubt not, you shall do not only this of the fig tree, but if you say even to this mountain: Be taken up, and be thrown into the sea, it shall be done.
22 And all things whatever you shall ask in prayer believing, you shall receive.
23 And when he had come into the temple, as he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him, saying: By I what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
24 But Jesus answered and said to them: I also will ask you one word, which if you tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, whence was it? Of heaven or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying:
26 If we say: Of heaven, he will say to us: Why then did you not believe him? but if we say: Of men, we fear the multitude; for all hold John as a prophet.
27 And they answered Jesus and said: We know not. And he said to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
28 But what think you? A man had two sons; coming to the first he said: Son, go, work today in the vineyard.
29 But he answered and said: I will not; afterward he regretted it and went.
30 And coming to the other he said in like manner. And he answered and said: I go, sir; and went not.
31 Which of the two did the will of the father? They say: The first. Jesus says to them: Verily I say to you that the publicans and the harlots go before you into the kingdom of God.
32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him; and you, when you saw it, afterwards felt no regret that you might believe him.
33 Hear another parable. A man was master of a house, and he planted a vineyard, and put a hedge around it, and dug in it a wine press and built a tower, and let it out to vinedressers, and went into another country.
34 But when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the vine dressers, to receive his fruits.
35 And the vinedressers took his servants and scourged one, and killed another, and threw stones at another.
36 Again he sent other servants more than the first, and they did to them in like manner.
37 But at last he sent to them his son, saying: They will reverence my son.
38 But the vinedressers seeing the son said among themselves: This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.
39 And they took him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
40 When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?
41 They say to him: The wretches he will wretchedly destroy them, and the vineyard he will let out to other vinedressers, who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.
42 Jesus says to them: Did you never read in the Scriptures: A stone which the builders rejected, this be came the head of the corner: this was from the Lord, and it is wondrous in our eyes?
43 Wherefore I say to you that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth its fruits.
44 And he that falls upon this stone shall be dashed to pieces; but him on whom it shall fall, it will make like chaff for the wind.
45 But when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he spoke of them;
46 and seeking to lay hold of him they feared the multitudes, because they held him as a prophet.