As we approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, I sent two of my disciples, 2saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
4They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6They answered as I had told them to, and the people let them go. 7When they brought the colt to me and threw their cloaks over it, I sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest!”
11I entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. I looked around at everything, but since it was already late, I went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
12The next day as we were leaving Bethany, I was hungry. 13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, I went to find out if it had any fruit. When I reached it, I found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14Then I said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And my disciples heard me say it.
15On reaching Jerusalem, I entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. I overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17And as I taught them, I said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
18The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill me, for they feared me, because the whole crowd was amazed at my teaching.
19When evening came, we went out of the city.
20In the morning, as we went along, we saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21Peter remembered and said to me, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
22“Have faith in God,” I answered. 23“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins.”
27We arrived again in Jerusalem, and while I was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to me. 28“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
29I replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30John’s baptism – was it from heaven, or from men? Tell me!”
31They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32But if we say, ‘From men’…” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33So they answered me, “We don’t know.”
I said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”