3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The LordXV needsXVI them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4 This took placeXVII to fulfillXVIII what had been spoken through the prophet,XIX saying,
and heard the childrenLXVI crying outLXVII in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angryLXVIII 16 and said to him, “Do you hearLXIX what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,LXX
20 When the disciples saw it, they were amazed,LXXXVIII saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?”
21 Jesus answered them, “TrulyLXXXIX I tell you, if you have faithXC and do not doubt,XCI not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain,
23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the eldersXCIX of the peopleC came to him as he was teaching,CI and said, “By what authorityCII are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”
24 Jesus said to them, “I will also askCIII you one question;CIV if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Did the baptismCV of JohnCVI come from heaven,CVII or was it of humanCVIII origin?”
And they arguedCIX with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believeCX him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraidCXI of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.”
27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.”CXII And he saidCXIII to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
29 He answered,CXX ‘I willCXXI not’; but later he changed his mindCXXII and went.
30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’;CXXIII but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the willCXXIV of his father?”
They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectorsCXXV and the prostitutesCXXVI are going into the kingdomCXXVII of GodCXXVIII ahead of you. 32 For John came to you in the wayCXXIX of righteousnessCXXX and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
35 But the tenants seizedCLI his slaves andCLII beatCLIII one, killedCLIV another, and stonedCLV another. 36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way.
37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respectCLVI my son.’
38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir;CLVII come,CLVIII let us kill him and get his inheritance.’CLIX 39 So they seized him, threwCLX him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 Now when the ownerCLXI of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken awayCLXXV from you and given to a peopleCLXXVI that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces;CLXXVII and it will crushCLXXVIII anyone on whom it falls.”
45 When the chief priests and the PhariseesCLXXIX heard his parables, they realizedCLXXX that he was speaking about them. 46 They wantedCLXXXI to arrestCLXXXII him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
Image credit: “Casting out the Moneychangers from the Temple” by Johann Thorn Prikker, c.1912.