The Gospel According to St Matthew

Chapter 21

Jesus rides in triumph into Jerusalem—He cleanses the temple, curses the fig tree, and discusses authority—He gives the parables of the two sons and the wicked husbandmen.

 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

 Saying unto them, Go into the village aover against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy aKing cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

 aAnd brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.

 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.

 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, aHosanna to the Son of David: bBlessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

 11 And the amultitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

 12 ¶And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

 13 And said unto them, It is written, My ahouse shall be called the house of bprayer; but ye have made it a cden of thieves.

 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the achildren crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,

 16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

 17 ¶And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

 18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

 19 And when he saw a fig tree ain the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no bfruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And cpresently the fig tree withered away.

 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have afaith, and bdoubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this cmountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

 22 And all athings, whatsoever ye shall bask in cprayer, believing, ye shall receive.

 23 ¶And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what aauthority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

 24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what aauthority I do these things.

 25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

 26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a aprophet.

 27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

 28 ¶But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go awork to day in my vineyard.

 29 He answered and said, aI will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and awent bnot.

 31 Whether of them twain 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 into the kingdom of God before you.

 32 For John came unto you in the way of arighteousness, and ye bbelieved him not: but the cpublicans and the harlots believed him: dand ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

 33 aHear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to bhusbandmen, and went into a far country:

 34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

 35 And the husbandmen took his aservants, and bbeat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

 36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

 37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

 38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the aheir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

 39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

 40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

 41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his avineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

 42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The astone which the builders brejected, the same is become the head of the ccorner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

 43 Therefore say I unto you, The akingdom of God shall be btaken from you, and cgiven to a dnation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

 44 aAnd whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

 45 aAnd when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

 46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.