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Mark 11:1-33

11*  And when they were drawing near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2  and said to them “Go to the village opposite you, and at once as you are entering it you will find a colt hitched, on which no man ever yet sat; unhitch it and bring it. 3  And if anybody says to you ‘Why are you doing that?’ say ‘The Lord needs it; and he will send it back here at once.’” 4  And they went, and found a colt hitched at a door, out in the roadway, and went to unhitching it; 5  and some of those who were standing there said to them “What are you doing untying the colt?” 6  but they told them what Jesus told them to, and they let them alone. 7  And they brought the colt to Jesus and laid their cloaks on it, and he took his seat on it. 8  And many spread their cloaks in the road, and others green things that they cut from the fields; 9  and those who went ahead and who followed were crying “Hosanna! 10  blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord; blessed is the reign that is coming, our father David’s; hosanna on high!” 11  And he came into Jerusalem and into the temple-precinct; and he looked around at everything, and, the hour being already late, went out to Bethany with the Twelve. 12  And when they came out from Bethany on the following day, he felt hungry, 13  and, seeing at a distance a fig-tree with leaves, went to see if he might find anything on it. And when he came to it he found nothing but leaves; for it was not time for figs. 14  And he answered by saying to it “Never again let anyone eat fruit from you”; and his disciples heard him. 15  And they came to Jerusalem; and he went into the temple-precinct and began to turn out those who were selling and buying in the precinct, and threw down the money-changers’ tables and the pigeon-sellers’ seats, 16  and would not let anybody carry an article through the precinct; 17  and he taught and said to them “Is it not written ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? but you have made it a robbers’ cave”; 18  and the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and tried to find a way to destroy him; for they were afraid of him, for all the crowd was astonished over his teaching. 19*  And when it grew late they went out outside the city. 20  And as they were going past in the morning they saw the fig-tree withered to the root; 21  and Peter recollected about it and said to him “Rabbi, there is the fig-tree that you cursed withered up.” 22  And Jesus answered by saying to them “Have faith in God; 23  I tell you verily that anyone who says to this mountain ‘Be taken up and be thrown into the sea,’ and does not inwardly doubt but believes that what he utters will be done, shall have it so. 24  Accordingly I tell you, everything that you pray and ask for, believe that you have got it and you shall have it. 25  And when you stand praying, forgive whatever you have against anybody, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your offenses.” 26  —— 27  And they came into Jerusalem again; and as he was walking in the temple-precinct the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him 28  and said to him “By what authority are you doing these things? or who gave you this authority to do these things?” 29  But Jesus said to them “I will put one question to you; answer me and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30  Was John’s baptizing from heaven or from men? answer me.” 31*  And they went over the question to themselves, thinking “If we say ‘From heaven’ he will say ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 32  but shall we say ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the populace, for one and all looked on John as having been a real prophet. 33  And they answered Jesus “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them “And neither do I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”


11:1 Var. omits to Bethphage (put the first comma after Bethany)
11:19 Var. he went
11:31 Or to each other, saying