28 When q He had said these things, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. r 29 As He approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the * Mount of Olives, s He sent two of the disciples 30 and said, “Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”
32 So those who were sent left and found it just as He had told them. t 33 As they were untying the young donkey, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the donkey?”
34 “The Lord needs it,” they said. 35 Then u they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their robes on the donkey, they helped Jesus get on it. v 36 As He was going along, they were spreading their robes on the road. w 37 Now He came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:
38 The King x who comes
is the blessed One.
Peace in heaven
39 Some of the * Pharisees from the crowd told Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out!” d