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7 and did as Jesus commanded them: and brought the ass and the colt, and put on them their mantles, and he sat1 thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their mantles in the way; and others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed 9 them in the way. And the multitudes who went before, and who followed, cried, saying, “Hosanna* to the Son of David blessed be he who cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest heavens.”
10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was 11 moved, saying, “Who is this?" And the multitudes said, "This is the prophet Jesus, of Nazareth in Galilee."
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and drove out all those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of those who 13 sold doves, and saith unto them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called the house of prayer;' but ye have made it a 14 den of robbers." And the blind and the lame came near to him in the temple; and he restored them.
And when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things which he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, “Hosanna * to the Son of David;” they 16 were moved with indignation; and said unto him, "Hearest thou what these say?" And Jesus saith unto them, "Yes. Have ye never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and suck17 lings thou hast perfected praise?" And he left them, and went out of the city to Bethany; and lodged there.
Now in the morning, as he was returning to the city, he 19 hungered. And when he saw a fig-tree on the way-side, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only, and saith unto it, "Let no fruit grow on thee hereafter for ever." And 20 forthwith the fig-tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they wondered, saying, "How soon hath the
they set him, R. T.
*Save now, N.-The meaning of the Hebrew word is, Save, we beseech thee,
21 fig-tree withered away!" Then Jesus answered and said unto them, "Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do what hath been done to the fig-tree, but even if ye shall say to this mountain, 'Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea,' it shall be done. 22 And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing', ye shall receive."
And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came near to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority doest thou these 24 things? and who gave thee this authority?" And Jesus answered and said unto them, "I also will ask you one thing; which if ye tell me, I also will tell you by what au25 thority I do these things. Whence was the baptism by John? from heaven*, or from men?" And they reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven;' he 26 will say unto us, 'Why then did ye not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men;' we fear the people: for all account 27 John as a prophet.". And they answered Jesus, and said, "We know not." He also said unto them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."
"But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, 'Son, go work this day in [my] 29 vineyard.' And he answered and said, 'I will not ;' but 30 afterward he changed his mind and went. And he came to the other, and said in like manner. And he answered and 31 said, 'I go, Sir;' and went not. Which of the two did the
will of his father?" They say unto him, "The first." Jesus saith unto them, "Verily I say unto 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 ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots bc
'Or, if ye have faith. S. 54. N. m. " to the second, R.T.
* Coming from heaven plainly signifies not local descent, but divine autho rity. See Luke xx. 4.
lieved him. And ye, when ye had seen it, changed not your minds afterward, so as to believe him.
"Hear another parable: There was a 'householder who planted a vineyard, and put an hedge about it, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husband34 men, and went into another country. And when the season of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husband35 men, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, 36 and cast stones at another. Again he sent other servants more than the first: and they did to them in like manner. 37 But last of all, he sent unto them his son, saying, 'They 38 will reverence my son.' But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, 39 let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.' So they took him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard cometh, what 41 will he do to those husbandmen?" They say unto him, "He will wretchedly destroy those wretched men, and will let out his vineyard to other husbandmen, who will render him the fruits in their seasons."
Jesus saith unto them, "Have ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord's doing, and 43 it is wonderful in our eyes?' Therefore I say unto you, The
kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a peo44 ple bringing forth its proper fruits. And whosoever falleth on
this stone will be broken by it: but on whomsoever it shall 45 fall, it will crush him to pieces." And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that 46 he spake of them. But when they sought to apprehend him, they feared the multitudes, because they accounted him as a prophet.
CH. XXII. Upon this Jesus spake to them again in parables,
1 a certain householder, R. T. and N. 2 Or, concerning this matter, N.m.
2 saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a king, who made 3 a marriage-feast for his son; and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast: but they 4 would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those that are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; mine oxen and fatlings are killed, and all things 5 are ready; come to the marriage-feast.' But they made light of it, and went away, one to his farm, and another to his 6 merchandise: and the rest took his servants, and treated 7 them shamefully, and killed them. But when that1 king heard of it, he was angry; and sent his armies, and destroy8 ed those murtherers, and burned their city. Then he saith to his servants, 'The marriage-feast is ready, but those who 9 were called were not worthy. Go therefore into the branches of the ways, and as many as ye find call to the marriage10 feast.' So those servants went out into the ways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and 11 good; and the marriage-feast was filled with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he beheld there a 12 man who had not on a marriage-garment; and saith to him, 'Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having a marriage13 garment?' And he was put to silence. Then saith the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, [and take him away,] and put him forth into the outer darkness*: there 14 will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few chosen."
Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might 16 ensnare him in discourse. And they send to him their dis
ciples, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher3, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, 'the king, R. T. 2 Or, was silent, N. m. 3 Newcome's margin. Master, N.
* See ch. viii. 12; xxv. 30. These are the only places in the New Testament in which the phrase outer darkness occurs. q. d. The person who was not properly dressed for the occasion was turned out of the room which had been lighted up for the reception of company. See Newcome, xxv. 30.
and carest not for any man: for thou regardest not the per17 son of men. Tell us, therefore, what thinkest thou? Is it 18 lawful to give tribute to Cæsar, or not?" But Jesus knew their maliciousness, and said, "Why do ye try me, ye hy19 pocrites? Show me the tribute-money." And they brought 20 to him a denarius. And he saith unto them, “Whose is this 21 image and inscription?" They say unto him, "Cesar's." Then saith he unto them, "Render therefore unto Cesar, the things which are Cesar's; and unto God, the things 22 which are God's." And when they heard this, they wondered, and left him, and went away.
23 On that day the Sadducees came near to him, who say 24 that there is no resurrection; and asked him, saying, "Teacher', Moses hath commanded, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up offspring 25 to his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren:
and the first, when he had married a wife, died2: ́ and, hav26 ing no offspring, left his wife to his brother. In like manner 27 the second also, and the third, to the seven. And last of all 28 the woman also died. At the resurrection, therefore, whose 29 wife will she be of the seven? for they all had her." Then Jesus answered and said unto them, "Ye err, not knowing 30 the scriptures, nor the power of God. For at the resurrection persons neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels of God in heaven.
"But concerning the resurrection of the dead, Have ye 32 not read that which God spake unto you, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?' God is not a God of the dead, but of the living*." 33 And when the multitudes heard this, they were amazed at his doctrine.
But when the Pharisees heard that he had put the Sad
'Master, N. See W. 2 deceased, N.
i. e, of those who will hereafter be raised to life, and who are now spoken of as living, in the view and decree of God. See Luke xx. 38, note.