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Mattithyahu 21

1  And when they came near to Yerushalayim, and came to Bĕyth Phaḡi, at the Mount of Olives, then יהושע sent two talmidim,

2  saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and straightaway you shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her, loosen, and bring them to Me.

3  "And if anyone says whatever to you, you shall say, ‘The Master needs them,' and immediately he shall send them."

4  And all this took place that it might be filled what was spoken by the naḇi, saying,

5  "Say to the daughter of Tsiyon, ‘See, your Sovereign is coming to you, meek, and sitting on a donkey, even a colt, the foal of a donkey.' "

6  And the talmidim went, and having done as יהושע ordered them,

7  they brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their garments on them, and He sat on them.

8  And most of the crowd spread their garments on the way, while others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the way.

9  And the crowds who went before and those who followed cried out, saying, "Hoshia-na to the Bĕn of Dawiḏ! Baruḵ is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה! Hoshia-na in the highest!"

10  And as He entered into Yerushalayim, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"

11  And the crowds said, "This is יהושע, the naḇi from Natsareth of Galil."

12  And יהושע went into the Miqdash of Elohim and drove out all those buying and selling in the Miqdash, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves.

13  And He said to them, "It has been written, ‘My House shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a ‘den of robbers.' "

14  And blind and lame ones came to Him in the Miqdash, and He healed them.

15  But when the chief kohenim and scribes saw the wonders which He did, and the children crying out in the Miqdash and saying, "Hoshia-na to the Bĕn of Dawiḏ!" they were greatly displeased,

16  and said to Him, "Do You hear what these say?" And יהושע said to them, "Yes, have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nurslings You have perfected praise'?"

17  And having left them He went out of the city to Bĕyth Anyah, and spent the night there.

18  And returning to the city early in the morning, He became hungry.

19  And seeing a single fig tree by the way, He came to it and found naught on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." And immediately the fig tree withered.

20  And the talmidim, seeing it, marvelled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither so soon?"

21  And יהושע answering, said to them, "Truly, I say to you, if you have belief and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be thrown into the sea,' it shall be done.

22  "And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive."

23  And when He had come into the Miqdash, the chief kohenim and the elders of the people came to Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these? And who gave You this authority?"

24  And יהושע answering, said to them, "I shall ask you one question too, which if you answer Me, I also shall say to you by what authority I do these:

25  "The immersion of Yoḥanan, where did it come from? From the shamayim or from men?" So they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, ‘From the shamayim,' He shall say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?'

26  "But if we say, ‘From men,' we fear the crowd, for all hold Yoḥanan as a naḇi."

27  And they answered יהושע and said, "We do not know." And He said to them, "Neither do I say to you by what authority I do these.

28  "But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘son, go, work today in my vineyard.'

29  "And he answering, said, ‘I do not want to,' but afterwards he repented and went.

30  "And having come to the second, he said similarly. And he answering, said, ‘I go, master,' but he did not go.

31  "Which of the two did the desire of the father?" They said to Him, "The first." יהושע said to them, "Truly, I say to you that tax collectors and whores are entering into the reign of Elohim before you,

32  for Yoḥanan came to you in the Way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but tax collectors and whores believed him. And when you saw it, you did not repent afterwards, to believe him.

33  "Hear another parable: There was a certain man, a householder who planted a vineyard and placed a hedge around it, and dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. And he leased it to farmers and went abroad.

34  "And when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive its fruit.

35  "And the farmers took his servants and beat one, and they killed one, and they stoned another.

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

37  "And at last he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They shall respect my son.'

38  "But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and let us possess his inheritance.'

39  "And they took him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

40  "Therefore, when the master of the vineyard comes, what shall he do to those farmers?"

41  They said to Him, "Evil ones! He shall bring them to evil destruction, and lease the vineyard to other farmers who shall give to him the fruits in their seasons."

42  יהושע said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone. This was from יהוה, and it is marvellous in our eyes'?

43  "Because of this I say to you: the reign of Elohim shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits of it.

44  "And he who falls on this stone shall be broken, but on whomever it falls, he shall be pulverised."

45  And the chief kohenim and Pharisees, having heard His parables, knew that He was speaking of them.

46  And seeking to lay hands on Him, they feared the crowds, seeing they held Him to be a naḇi.