11 Now 1 as they approached Jerusalem, 2 near Bethphage 3 and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, 4 Jesus 5 sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. 6 As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. 7 Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it 8 and will send it back here soon.’” 4 So 9 they went and found a colt tied at a door, outside in the street, and untied it. 5 Some people standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They replied as Jesus had told them, and the bystanders 10 let them go. 7 Then 11 they brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks 12 on it, and he sat on it. 13 8 Many spread their cloaks on the road and others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Both those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna! 14 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 15 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” 11 Then 16 Jesus 17 entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late.
12 Now 18 the next day, as they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 After noticing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, he went to see if he could find any fruit 19 on it. When he came to it he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, 20 “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. 21
15 Then 22 they came to Jerusalem. 23 Jesus 24 entered the temple area 25 and began to drive out those who were selling and buying in the temple courts. 26 He turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, 16 and he would not permit anyone to carry merchandise 27 through the temple courts. 28 17 Then he began to teach 29 them and said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? 30 But you have turned it into a den 31 of robbers!” 32 18 The chief priests and the experts in the law 33 heard it and they considered how they could assassinate 34 him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching. 19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples 35 went out of the city.
20 In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered.” 22 Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, 36 if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will 37 also forgive you your sins.” 26 [[EMPTY]] 38
27 They came again to Jerusalem. 39 While Jesus 40 was walking in the temple courts, 41 the chief priests, the experts in the law, 42 and the elders came up to him 28 and said, “By what authority 43 are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do these things?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: 30 John’s baptism – was it from heaven or from people? 44 Answer me.” 31 They discussed with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘From people – ’” (they feared the crowd, for they all considered John to be truly a prophet). 33 So 45 they answered Jesus, 46 “We don’t know.” 47 Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you 48 by what authority 49 I am doing these things.”
12 Then 1 he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. 2 He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 3 he leased it to tenant farmers 4 and went on a journey. 2 At harvest time he sent a slave 5 to the tenants to collect from them 6 his portion of the crop. 7 3 But 8 those tenants 9 seized his slave, 10 beat him, 11 and sent him away empty-handed. 12 4 So 13 he sent another slave to them again. This one they struck on the head and treated outrageously. 5 He sent another, and that one they killed. This happened to many others, some of whom were beaten, others killed. 6 He had one left, his one dear son. 14 Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8 So 15 they seized him, 16 killed him, and threw his body 17 out of the vineyard. 18 9 What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy 19 those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 20 10 Have you not read this scripture:
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 21
11 This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 22
12 Now 23 they wanted to arrest him (but they feared the crowd), because they realized that he told this parable against them. So 24 they left him and went away. 25
13 Then 26 they sent some of the Pharisees 27 and Herodians 28 to trap him with his own words. 29 14 When they came they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and do not court anyone’s favor, because you show no partiality 30 but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 31 Is it right 32 to pay taxes 33 to Caesar 34 or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” 15 But he saw through their hypocrisy and said 35 to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius 36 and let me look at it.” 16 So 37 they brought one, and he said to them, “Whose image 38 is this, and whose inscription?” They replied, 39 “Caesar’s.” 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 40 And they were utterly amazed at him.
18 Sadducees 41 (who say there is no resurrection) 42 also came to him and asked him, 43 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us: ‘If a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man 44 must marry 45 the widow and father children 46 for his brother.’ 47 20 There were seven brothers. The first one married, 48 and when he died he had no children. 21 The second married her and died without any children, and likewise the third. 22 None of the seven had children. Finally, the woman died too. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, 49 whose wife will she be? For all seven had married her.” 50 24 Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you deceived 51 for this reason, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels 52 in heaven. 26 Now as for the dead being raised, 53 have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, 54 how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the 55 God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 56 27 He is not the God of the dead but of the living. 57 You are badly mistaken!”
28 Now 58 one of the experts in the law 59 came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus 60 answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love 61 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 62 31 The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 63 There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 The expert in the law said to him, “That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that he is one, and there is no one else besides him. 64 33 And to love him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength 65 and to love your neighbor as yourself 66 is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Then no one dared any longer to question him.
35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he said, “How is it that the experts in the law 67 say that the Christ 68 is David’s son? 69 36 David himself, by the Holy Spirit, said,
‘The Lord said to my lord, 70
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 71
37 If David himself calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 72 And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.
38 In his teaching Jesus 73 also said, “Watch out for the experts in the law. 74 They like walking 75 around in long robes and elaborate greetings 76 in the marketplaces, 39 and the best seats in the synagogues 77 and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They 78 devour widows’ property, 79 and as a show make long prayers. These men will receive a more severe punishment.”
41 Then 80 he 81 sat down opposite the offering box, 82 and watched the crowd putting coins into it. Many rich people were throwing in large amounts. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, 83 worth less than a penny. 43 He called his disciples and said to them, “I tell you the truth, 84 this poor widow has put more into the offering box 85 than all the others. 86 44 For they all gave out of their wealth. 87 But she, out of her poverty, put in what she had to live on, everything she had.” 88
13 Now 1 as Jesus 2 was going out of the temple courts, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look at these tremendous stones and buildings!” 3 2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left on another. 4 All will be torn down!” 5
3 So 6 while he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, 7 and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things 8 happen? And what will be the sign that all these things are about to take place?” 5 Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out 9 that no one misleads you. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ 10 and they will mislead many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. 11 8 For nation will rise up in arms 12 against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines. 13 These are but the beginning of birth pains.
9 “You must watch out for yourselves. You will be handed over 14 to councils 15 and beaten in the synagogues. 16 You will stand before governors and kings 17 because of me, as a witness to them. 10 First the gospel must be preached to all nations. 11 When they arrest you and hand you over for trial, do not worry about what to speak. But say whatever is given you at that time, 18 for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 19 parents and have them put to death. 13 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. 20 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 21
14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation 22 standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee 23 to the mountains. 15 The one on the roof 24 must not come down or go inside to take anything out of his house. 25 16 The one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 17 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! 18 Pray that it may not be in winter. 19 For in those days there will be suffering 26 unlike anything that has happened 27 from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, or ever will happen. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved. But because of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut them 28 short. 21 Then 29 if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ 30 or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe him. 22 For false messiahs 31 and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, the elect. 23 Be careful! I have told you everything ahead of time.
24 “But in those days, after that suffering, 32 the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 33 26 Then everyone 34 will see the Son of Man arriving in the clouds 35 with great power and glory. 27 Then he will send angels and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. 36
28 “Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also you, when you see these things happening, know 37 that he is near, right at the door. 30 I tell you the truth, 38 this generation 39 will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 40
32 “But as for that day or hour no one knows it – neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son 41 – except the Father. 33 Watch out! Stay alert! 42 For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey. He left his house and put his slaves 43 in charge, assigning 44 to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to stay alert. 35 Stay alert, then, because you do not know when the owner of the house will return – whether during evening, at midnight, when the rooster crows, or at dawn – 36 or else he might find you asleep when he returns suddenly. 37 What I say to you I say to everyone: Stay alert!”