Bible: Mark 11:1-18

The Triumphal Entry

11:1 Now 1  as they approached Jerusalem, 2  near Bethphage 3  and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, 4  Jesus 5  sent two of his disciples 11:2 and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. 6  As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. 7  Untie it and bring it here. 11:3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it 8  and will send it back here soon.’ 11:4 So 9  they went and found a colt tied at a door, outside in the street, and untied it. 11:5 Some people standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying that colt? 11:6 They replied as Jesus had told them, and the bystanders 10  let them go. 11:7 Then 11  they brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks 12  on it, and he sat on it. 13  11:8 Many spread their cloaks on the road and others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 11:9 Both those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna! 14  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 15  11:10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest! 11:11 Then 16  Jesus 17  entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late.

Cursing of the Fig Tree

11:12 Now 18  the next day, as they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. 11:13 After noticing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, he went to see if he could find any fruit 19  on it. When he came to it he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 11:14 He said to it, 20 May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. 21 

Cleansing the Temple

11:15 Then 22  they came to Jerusalem. 23  Jesus 24  entered the temple area 25  and began to drive out those who were selling and buying in the temple courts. 26  He turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, 11:16 and he would not permit anyone to carry merchandise 27  through the temple courts. 28  11:17 Then he began to teach 29  them and said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? 30  But you have turned it into a den 31  of robbers! 32  11:18 The chief priests and the experts in the law 33  heard it and they considered how they could assassinate 34  him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching.

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