1 As they approached Jerusalem, being come as far as Bethphage, and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives; he sent two of his disciples,
2 and said to them, Go into the village opposite you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, on which no man ever rode; loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any person ask you, Wherefore do you this? say, The Master needs him, and he will instantly send him hither.
4 Accordingly they went, and finding a colt tied before a door, where two ways met, they loosed him.
5 Some of the people present said to them, Wherefore do you loose the colt?
6 They having answered as Jesus had commanded them, were allowed to take him.
7 Accordingly they brought the colt to Jesus, on which having laid their mantles, he sat on him.
8 And many spread their mantles in the way; others cut down sprays from the trees, and strowed them in the way.
9 And they who went before, and they who followed shouted, saying, Hosanna! blessed be He that comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Happy be the approaching Reign of our Father David!
11 In this manner Jesus entered Jerusalem and the temple; where, after surveying everything around, it being late, he departed with the twelve to Bethany.
12 The next day, when he left Bethany, he was hungry;
13 and observing a fig tree at a distance, full of leaves, went to look for fruit on it, for the fig harvest was not yet. And being come, he found nothing but leaves.
14 Then he said to it, Henceforth let no man ever eat fruit off you. And his disciples heard him.
15 Being returned to Jerusalem, he went into the temple, and drove out them who sold, and them who bought in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers, and the stalls of them who sold doves;
16 and would suffer no person to carry vessels through the temple.
17 «He also taught them, saying, Is it not written,» 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations?' 'but you have made it a den of robbers.'
18 And the scribes and the chief priests hearing this, sought means to destroy him; for they dreaded him, because all the multitude admired his doctrine.
19 And in the evening he went out of the city.
20 Next morning as they returned, they saw that the fig tree was dried up from the root.
21 Peter recollecting, said to him, Rabbi, behold the fig tree, which you devoted, already withered.
22 Jesus answered, Have faith in God.
23 For indeed, I say to you, Whoever shall say to this mountain, Be lifted, and thrown into the sea, and shall not in the least doubt, but shall believe that what he says shall happen; whatever he shall command, shall be done for him;
24 for which reason I assure you, that what things soever you pray for, if you believe that you shall obtain them, they shall be yours.
25 And when you pray, forgive, if you have matter of complaint against any; that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father, who is in heaven, forgive your trespasses.
27 Again, they arrived at Jerusalem; and as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, scribes, and the elders, came,
28 and said to him, By what authority do you these things? and who empowered you to do them?
29 Jesus answering, said to them, I also have a question to ask; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 Was the title which John had to immerse, from heaven, or from men? Answer me.
31 Then they argued thus among themselves; If we say, From heaven; he will reply, Why, then, did you not believe him?
32 But if we say, From men; we are in danger from the people, who are all convinced that John was a prophet.
33 They therefore answering, said to Jesus, We can not tell. Jesus replied, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.