29 aWhen He approached Bethphage and bBethany, near the 1mount that is called cOlivet, He sent two of the disciples,
30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here.
31 “If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ”
32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them.
33 As they were untying the colt, its 1owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They said, “The Lord has need of it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, aand they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it.
36 As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road.
37 As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of athe Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to bpraise God 1joyfully with a loud voice for all the 2miracles which they had seen,
“aBlessed is the bKing who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and cglory in the highest!”
39 aSome of the Pharisees 1in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, athe stones will cry out!”
41 When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and awept over it,
42 saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.
43 “For the days will come upon you 1when your enemies will athrow up a 2barricade against you, and bsurround you and hem you in on every side,
44 and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and athey will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize bthe time of your visitation.”
Traders Driven from the Temple
45 aJesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling,
46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘aAnd My house shall be a house of prayer,’ bbut you have made it a robbers’ 1den.”
47 And aHe was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people bwere trying to destroy Him,
48 and they could not find 1anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging on to 2every word He said.
Jesus’ Authority Questioned
1 aOn one of the days while bHe was teaching the people in the temple and cpreaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders dconfronted Him,
2 and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?”
3 Jesus answered and said to them, “I will also ask you a 1question, and you tell Me:
4 “Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?”
5 They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’
6 “But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a aprophet.”
7 So they answered that they did not know where it came from.
8 And Jesus said to them, “Nor 1will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
Parable of the Vine-growers
9 aAnd He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to 1vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.
10 “At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11 “And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.
12 “And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out.
13 “The 1owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will arespect him.’
14 “But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’
15 “So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the 1owner of the vineyard do to them?
16 “He will come and adestroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “bMay it never be!”
17 But 1Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
‘aThe stone which the builders rejected,
This became bthe chief corner stone’?
18 “aEveryone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”
Tribute to Caesar
19 The scribes and the chief priests atried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them.
20 aSo they watched Him, and sent spies who 1pretended to be righteous, in order bthat they might 2catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of cthe governor.
21 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You 1are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.
22 “Is it 1lawful for us ato pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
23 But He detected their trickery and said to them,
24 “Show Me a 1denarius. Whose 2likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.”
25 And He said to them, “Then arender to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
26 And they were unable to 1acatch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.
Is There a Resurrection?
27 aNow there came to Him some of the bSadducees (who say that there is no resurrection),
28 and they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that aif a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should 1marry the wife and raise up children to his brother.
29 “Now there were seven brothers; and the first took a wife and died childless;
30 and the second
31 and the third 1married her; and in the same way 2all seven 3died, leaving no children.
32 “Finally the woman died also.
33 “In the resurrection therefore, which one’s wife will she be? For 1all seven 2had married her.”
34 Jesus said to them, “The sons of athis age marry and are given in marriage,
35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to athat age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;
36 for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are asons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37 “But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in athe passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord bthe God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38 “aNow He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for ball live to Him.”
39 Some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.”
40 For athey did not have courage to question Him any longer about anything.
41 aThen He said to them, “How is it that they say 1the Christ is bDavid’s son?
42 “For David himself says in the book of Psalms,
‘aThe Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
43 aUntil I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” ’
44 “Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord,’ and how is He his son?”
45 aAnd while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples,
46 “Beware of the scribes, awho like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,
47 who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”
The Widow’s Gift
1 aAnd He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury.
2 And He saw a poor widow putting 1in atwo 2small copper coins.
3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;
4 for they all out of their 1surplus put into the 2offering; but she out of her poverty put in all 3that she had ato live on.”
5 aAnd while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said,
6 “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which athere will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”
7 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the 1sign when these things are about to take place?”
8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘aI am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ bDo not go after them.
9 “When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”
Things to Come
10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom,
11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great 1signs from heaven.
12 “But before all these things, athey will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, 1bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.
13 “aIt will lead to 1an opportunity for your testimony.
14 “aSo make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;
15 for aI will give you 1utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
16 “But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death,
17 and you will be hated by all because of My name.
18 “Yet anot a hair of your head will perish.
19 “aBy your endurance you will gain your 1lives.
20 “But when you see Jerusalem asurrounded by armies, then 1recognize that her desolation is near.
21 “Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of 1the city must leave, and athose who are in the country must not enter 1the city;
22 because these are adays of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.
23 “Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for athere will be great distress upon the 1land and wrath to this people;
24 and they will fall by athe edge of the sword…