Jesus rides into Jerusalem (on an ass and a colt)
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 over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass
tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
When Jesus and his disciples neared Jerusalem, he sent two of his disciples, saying,
Go to the village.
When you find an ass and a colt and bring them to me.
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of
them; and straightway he will send them.
If anyone says anything about it, say, "The Lord needs them."
And he'll send them right away.
All this was done, that
it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an
ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
This was done to fulfill the words of the prophet [1
The the daughter of Sion, "Behold, they King comes to you, meek, and sitting on an ass and a colt."
And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
The disciples did as Jesus commanded, and brought an ass and a colt, put clothes on them, and set Jesus on them.
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,
Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the
Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
A great crowd spread their clothes and branches iin front of Jesus, and said,
Hosanna to the sons of David. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who
When he arrived in Jerusalem, everyone in the city said,
Who is this guy?
And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
The crowd said,
This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth.
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,
Jesus went into the temple and threw out everyone who was buying and selling, toppling the talbes of the
money changers and those who sold doves. [3
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of
prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
And he said to them,
It is written, "My house shall be called the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves." 
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
The blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple, and he healed them.
And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he
did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son
of David; they were sore displeased,
The chief priests and scribes were displeased when they saw what Jesus did and heard the children saying,
"Hosanna to the son of David."
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
They said to Jesus, "Do you hear what they're saying?"
Jesus said, "Yes. Haven't you heard that babies and children will praise you?" 
And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged
Then Jesus left Jerusalem and went to Bethany.
Jesus kills a fig tree (by cursing it)
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
The next morning, as Jesus returned to Jerusalem, he was hungry.
And when he saw a fig
tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only,
and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently
the fig tree withered away.
When he saw a fig tree, he looked at it and found no fruit. So he said to the tree, "No fruit will ever grow on you."
And the tree died immediately. 
And when the disciples
saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
The disciples said, "Look how quickly the fig tree died!"
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt
not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye
shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the
sea; it shall be done.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Jesus said to them,
If you have faith and don't doubt, you can not only kill fig trees, but cast mountains into the sea.
If you believe, whatever you ask for, you'll get.
Jesus stumps the chief priests and elders
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 authority
doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
When Jesus went into the temple, the chief priests and elders came to him and said,
By what authority do you teach?
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 authority I do
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?
But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a
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.
Let me ask you a question. If you answer my question, I'll answer yours.
Where'd John's baptism come from? From heaven or from men?
They thought to themselves, saying, "If we say from heaven", he'll say, "Why didn't you believe him then?"
But if we say, "Of men", we will fear the people, since they belived John was a prophet.
So they said to Jesus, "We don't know."
Jesus said, "Then I won't tell you where I get my authority."
The parable of two sons (explaining why publicans and harlots will go to
heaven before the chief priests and elders)
But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first,
and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders,
A man had two sons. He said to the first, "Go work in my vineyard."
He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
The first son said, "No." But later, he went to work.
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I
go, sir: and went not.
Then the father asked his second son to go to work. The second son said, "OK, I'll go to work." But he didn't.
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.
For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him
not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had
seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Which of the sons did the will of his father?
The chief priests and elders said, "The first son."
Jesus said, "The publicans and harlots will go into the kingdom of heaven before you,
because John came to you and you didn't believe him, but the publicans and harlots believed him. And you never
repented and began to believe him.
A parable about a vineyard (explaining why the chief priests and Pharisees will be ground into powder)
Hear 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 husbandmen, and went into a far country:
Hear another parable.
There was a man who owned a vineyard, and leased it to some tenants and went to another country.
And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the
husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
When it was time to harvest the fruit, he sent servants to the tenants to get the fruit.
And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another,
and stoned another.
The tenants beat one servant, killed another, and stoned another.
Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them
So the owner sent more servants, and the tenants did unto them likewise.
But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my
Finally, the owner sent his son, saying, "They'll respect my son."
21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is
the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
But the tenants saw the owner's son, they said to each other, "This is the heir. Let's kill him to get his inheritance."
And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those
What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do to the tenants?
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will
let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the
fruits in their seasons.
The chief priests and Pharisees said,
He will kill the tenants and lease his vineyard to others who will give him the fruit. 
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone
which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this
is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Jesus said to them,
Didn't you ever read in the scriptures, "The stone the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
This a the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes." 
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and
given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
The kingdom of God will be taken from you, and given to a nation that will bring fruits.
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever
it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
And whoever falls on that stone will be broken, and whoever the stones falls on will be ground into powder.
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they
perceived that he spake of them.
When the chief priests and Pharisees heard Jesus's parables, they figured he was talking about them.
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude,
because they took him for a prophet.
So they wanted to grab him, but they feared the crowds who thought he was a prophet.
- All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an
These verses claim that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. But this cannot be
since the person referred to in Zechariah (see verses 10-13) was both a military leader
and the king of an earthly kingdom.
This "prophecy" is a composite quote from Isaiah and Zechariah.
Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh;
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. Is 62:11
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just,
and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
- The disciples ... brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes,
and they set him thereon. (v.6-7)
Matthew has Jesus ride into Jerusalem sitting on both an ass and a colt
(must have taken some practice!).
It also looks like Jesus and his disciples stole the animals.
On what did Jesus ride into Jerusalem?
Did Jesus sin?
- Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and
bought in the temple. (v.12)
When did Jesus's temple tantrum occur?
- My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Is 56:7
Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Jer 7:11
- Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise. (v.16)
Jesus misquotes Psalm 8:2.
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies,
that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 8:2
- And presently the fig tree withered away. (v.19)
Jesus curses a fig tree and the tree dies immediately (showing the world
how much God Hates Figs).
But in Mark's gospel (11:14, 20-21)
the cursed fig tree doesn't die until the next morning.
When did the fig tree die?
When did Jesus curse the fig tree?
What the Bible says about figs
- The lord of the vineyard ... will miserably destroy those wicked men,
and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. (vv.40-41)
God is like a rich man who owns a vineyard and rents it to poor farmers.
When he sends servants to collect the rent, the tenants beat or kill them.
So he sent his son to collect the rent, and they kill him too.
Then the owner comes and kills the farmers and rents the vineyard to others who will give him the fruits from the vineyard.
- Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone
which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this
is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (v.42)
The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
- Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever
it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (v.44)
Whoever falls on "this stone" (Jesus) will be broken, and whomever the stone falls on will
be ground into powder.
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Focus on the Family proves again that
nothing fails like prayer (Matthew 21:22)
- Christian Responses
- The Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible
- Vile figs,
that cannot be eaten, they are so evil (Matthew 21)
- Matthew 21:2-7 - Jesus and the Donkey
- Matthew 21:4-5 - Zechariah and Palm Sunday
- Matthew 21:19 - The Withering of the Fig-tree
- Matthew 21:19-20 - The Cursing of the Fig-Tree
- Matthew 21:21-22 - Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask
- A Donkey and Her Colt
- SAB Author Answered
- SAB Author Answered