20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner 1 who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 And after agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, 2 he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When it was about nine o’clock in the morning, 3 he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work. 4 He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went. When 4 he went out again about noon and three o’clock that afternoon, 5 he did the same thing. 6 And about five o’clock that afternoon 6 he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here all day without work?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go and work in the vineyard too.’ 8 When 7 it was evening 8 the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay 9 starting with the last hired until the first.’ 9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each received a full day’s pay. 10 10 And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. 11 When 11 they received it, they began to complain 12 against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.’ 13 And the landowner 13 replied to one of them, 14 ‘Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? 15 14 Take what is yours and go. I 16 want to give to this last man 17 the same as I gave to you. 15 Am I not 18 permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 19 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”
17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, 20 he took the twelve 21 aside privately and said to them on the way, 18 “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law. 22 They will condemn him to death, 19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely 23 and crucified. 24 Yet 25 on the third day, he will be raised.”
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked him for a favor. 26 21 He said to her, “What do you want?” She replied, 27 “Permit 28 these two sons of mine to sit, one at your 29 right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus 30 answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! 31 Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” 32 They said to him, “We are able.” 33 23 He told them, “You will drink my cup, 34 but to sit at my right and at my left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
24 Now 35 when the other ten 36 heard this, 37 they were angry with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. 26 It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave 38 – 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom 39 for many.”
29 As they were leaving Jericho, 40 a large crowd followed them. 30 Two 41 blind men were sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, 42 “Have mercy 43 on us, Lord, Son of David!” 44 31 The 45 crowd scolded 46 them to get them to be quiet. But they shouted even more loudly, “Lord, have mercy on us, 47 Son of David!” 32 Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
21 Now 1 when they approached Jerusalem 2 and came to Bethphage, 3 at the Mount of Olives, 4 Jesus sent two disciples, 2 telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. 5 Right away you will find a donkey tied there, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ 6 and he will send them at once.” 4 This 7 took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: 8
5 “Tell the people of Zion, 9
‘Look, your king is coming to you,
unassuming and seated on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 10
6 So 11 the disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks 12 on them, and he sat on them. 8 A 13 very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those following kept shouting, 14 “Hosanna 15 to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 16 Hosanna in the highest!” 10 As he entered Jerusalem the whole city was thrown into an uproar, 17 saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth 18 in Galilee.”
12 Then 19 Jesus entered the temple area 20 and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple courts, 21 and turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. 13 And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ 22 but you are turning it into a den 23 of robbers!” 24
14 The blind and lame came to him in the temple courts, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the experts in the law 25 saw the wonderful things he did and heard the children crying out in the temple courts, 26 “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant 16 and said to him, “Do you hear what they are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of children and nursing infants you have prepared praise for yourself’?” 27 17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and spent the night there.
18 Now early in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19 After noticing a fig tree 28 by the road he went to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. He said to it, “Never again will there be fruit from you!” And the fig tree withered at once. 20 When the disciples saw it they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” 21 Jesus 29 answered them, “I tell you the truth, 30 if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe, 31 you will receive.”
23 Now after Jesus 32 entered the temple courts, 33 the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority 34 are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus 35 answered them, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Where did John’s baptism come from? From heaven or from people?” 36 They discussed this among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From people,’ we fear the crowd, for they all consider John to be a prophet.” 27 So 37 they answered Jesus, 38 “We don’t know.” 39 Then he said to them, “Neither will I tell you 40 by what authority 41 I am doing these things.
28 “What 42 do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 The boy answered, 43 ‘I will not.’ But later he had a change of heart 44 and went. 30 The father 45 went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, 46 ‘I will, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first.” 47 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, 48 tax collectors 49 and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God! 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although 50 you saw this, you did not later change your minds 51 and believe him.
33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner 52 who planted a vineyard. 53 He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 54 he leased it to tenant farmers 55 and went on a journey. 34 When the harvest time was near, he sent his slaves 56 to the tenants to collect his portion of the crop. 57 35 But the tenants seized his slaves, beat one, 58 killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first, and they treated them the same way. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, 59 saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and get his inheritance!’ 39 So 60 they seized him, 61 threw him out of the vineyard, 62 and killed him. 40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will utterly destroy those evil men! Then he will lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his portion at the harvest.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 63
This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? 64
43 For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people 65 who will produce its fruit. 44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 66 45 When 67 the chief priests and the Pharisees 68 heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46 They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, because the crowds 69 regarded him as a prophet.