Bible: Mark 11:15-25

Cleansing the Temple

11:15 Then 1  they came to Jerusalem. 2  Jesus 3  entered the temple area 4  and began to drive out those who were selling and buying in the temple courts. 5  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 6  through the temple courts. 7  11:17 Then he began to teach 8  them and said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? 9  But you have turned it into a den 10  of robbers! 11  11:18 The chief priests and the experts in the law 12  heard it and they considered how they could assassinate 13  him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching. 11:19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples 14  went out of the city.

The Withered Fig Tree

11:20 In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 11:21 Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered.” 11:22 Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. 11:23 I tell you the truth, 15  if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 11:24 For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 11:25 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will 16  also forgive you your sins.”

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