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Matthew 21 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:1 - And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth'phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:2 - saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:3 - If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:4 - This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:5 - "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:6 - The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:7 - they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:8 - Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:9 - And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:10 - And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:11 - And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:12 - And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:13 - He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:14 - And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:15 - But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:16 - and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast brought perfect praise'?"

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:17 - And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:18 - In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:19 - And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:20 - When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?"

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:21 - And Jesus answered them, "Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will be done.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:22 - And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:23 - And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?"

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:24 - Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you a question; and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:25 - The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:26 - But if we say, 'From men,' we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:27 - So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:28 - "What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:29 - And he answered, 'I will not'; but afterward he repented and went.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:30 - And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir,' but did not go.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:31 - Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:32 - For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:33 - "Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:34 - When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:35 - and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:36 - Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:37 - Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:38 - But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.'

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:39 - And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:40 - When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:41 - They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:42 - Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:43 - Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:44 - Other ancient authorities insert verse 44, "And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but when it falls on any one, it will crush him."

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:45 - When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:46 - But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.
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Other ancient authorities insert verse 44, ["And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but when it falls on any one, it will crush him."]

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