Jesus Entered Jerusalem

Luke 19:28-21:38

1928Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29When he came near to Bethsphage* and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, 30saying,


Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say to him: ‘The Lord needs it.’

32Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them,


Why are you untying the colt?

34They said,


The Lord needs it.

35They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them. 36As he went, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen, 38saying,


Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!* Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!

39Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him,


Teacher, rebuke your disciples!

40He answered them,


I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out.

41When he came near, he saw the city and wept over it, 42saying,


If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes. 43For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side, 44and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn’t know the time of your visitation.

45He entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, 46saying to them,


It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’* but you have made it a ‘den of robbers’!*

47He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him. 48They couldn’t find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.
201On one of those days, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the Good News, the* priests and scribes came to him with the elders. 2They asked him,


Tell us: by what authority do you do these things? Or who is giving you this authority?

3He answered them,


I also will ask you one question. Tell me: 4the baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?

5They reasoned with themselves, saying,


If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.

7They answered that they didn’t know where it was from.
8Jesus said to them,


Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

9He began to tell the people this parable.


A* man planted a vineyard, and rented it out to some farmers, and went into another country for a long time. 10At the proper season, he sent a servant to the farmers to collect his share of the fruit of the vineyard. But the farmers beat him, and sent him away empty. 11He sent yet another servant, and they also beat him, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12He sent yet a third, and they also wounded him, and threw him out. 13The lord of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. It may be that seeing him, they will respect him.’
14But when the farmers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15They threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and destroy these farmers, and will give the vineyard to others.

When they heard it, they said,


May it never be!

17But he looked at them, and said,


Then what is this that is written,
‘The stone which the builders rejected,
the same was made the chief cornerstone?’*
18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces,
but it will crush whomever it falls on to dust.

19The chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people—for they knew he had spoken this parable against them. 20They watched him, and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous, that they might trap him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor. 21They asked him,


Teacher, we know that you say and teach what is right, and aren’t partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God. 22Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?

23But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them,


Why do you test me? 24Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?

They answered,



25He said to them,


Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.

26They weren’t able to trap him in his words before the people. They marveled at his answer, and were silent. 27Some of the Sadducees came to him, those who deny that there is a resurrection. 28They asked him,


Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up children for his brother. 29There were therefore seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died childless. 30The second took her as wife, and he died childless. 31The third took her, and likewise the seven all left no children, and died. 32Afterward the woman also died. 33Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them will she be? For the seven had her as a wife.

34Jesus said to them,


The children of this age marry, and are given in marriage. 35But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage. 36For they can’t die any more, for they are like the angels, and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord ‘The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’* 38Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him.

39Some of the scribes answered,


Teacher, you speak well.

40They didn’t dare to ask him any more questions.
41He said to them,


Why do they say that the Christ is David’s son? 42David himself says in the book of Psalms,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet.”’
44David therefore calls him Lord, so how is he his son?

45In the hearing of all the people, he said to his disciples,


46Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts; 47who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation.

211He looked up, and saw the rich people who were putting their gifts into the treasury. 2He saw a certain poor widow casting in two small brass coins.* 3He said,


Truly I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them, 4for all these put in gifts for God from their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had to live on.

5As some were talking about the temple and how it was decorated with beautiful stones and gifts, he said,


6As for these things which you see, the days will come, in which there will not be left here one stone on another that will not be thrown down.

7They asked him,


Teacher, so when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are about to happen?

8He said,


Watch out that you don’t get led astray, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he*,’ and, ‘The time is at hand.’ Therefore don’t follow them. 9When you hear of wars and disturbances, don’t be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won’t come immediately.

10Then he said to them,


Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you up to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13It will turn out as a testimony for you. 14Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to withstand or to contradict. 16You will be handed over even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will cause some of you to be put to death. 17You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake. 18And not a hair of your head will perish.
19By your endurance you will win your lives.
20But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is at hand. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let those who are in the middle of her depart. Let those who are in the country not enter therein. 22For these are days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who nurse infants in those days! For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people. 24They will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and on the earth anxiety of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the waves; 26men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.

29He told them a parable.


See the fig tree, and all the trees. 30When they are already budding, you see it and know by your own selves that the summer is already near. 31Even so you also, when you see these things happening, know that God’s Kingdom is near. 32Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things are accomplished. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.
34So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day will come on you suddenly. 35For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth. 36Therefore be watchful all the time, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.

37Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple, and every night he would go out and spend the night on the mountain that is called Olivet. 38All the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.

*Luke 19:29 TR, NU read “Bethpage” instead of “Bethsphage”
*Luke 19:38 Psalm 118:26
*Luke 19:46 Isaiah 56:7
*Luke 19:46 Jeremiah 7:11
*Luke 20:1 TR adds “chief”
*Luke 20:9 NU (in brackets) and TR add “certain”
*Luke 20:17 Psalm 118:22
*Luke 20:37 Exodus 3:6
*Luke 20:43 Psalm 110:1
*Luke 21:2 literally, “two lepta.” 2 lepta was about 1% of a day’s wages for an agricultural laborer.
*Luke 21:8 or, I AM


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