It was near the Jewish Passover,
and many went up to Jerusalem from the country
before the Passover, so that they might purify themselves.
So they were looking for Jesus
and said to each other standing in the temple,
"What do you think?
that he may not come to the feast at all?"
The high priests and the Pharisees had given commands
that if anyone knew where he was one should make it known,
so that they might arrest him.
So six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
When they drew near to Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,
then Jesus sent two disciples saying to them,
"Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately upon entering it you will find a colt tied
upon which no person has ever sat; untie it and bring it.
If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?'
say, 'The Lord has need of it,
and immediately he will send it back here.'"
This happened so that it might be fulfilled
what was spoken through the prophet:
Tell the daughter of Zion:
Look, your king comes to you
gentle and riding on a donkey's colt.
His disciples did not understand this at first;
however, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered
that this was written about him and they did this for him.
They went away
and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street.
As they were untying the colt,
the owners of it standing there said to them,
"What are you doing untying the colt?"
They told them just what Jesus said, and they let them go.
They brought the colt to Jesus,
and throwing their clothes on the colt, Jesus sat upon it.
A large crowd hearing that Jesus was coming into Jerusalem
took the branches of palms and went out to meet him,
and as he was drawing near already
to the descent from the Mount of Olives,
all the many disciples
began joyfully to praise God with loud voices
about all the powerful deeds they had seen.
Those leading and following shouted, "Hosanna!
Praised is the one coming in the name of the Lord!
Praised is the coming sovereignty of our father David!
In heaven peace and glory in the highest!"
Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to him,
"Teacher, reprimand your disciples."
He answered, "I tell you,
if these will be quiet, the stones will shout."
So the crowd who was with him
when he called Lazarus out of the tomb
and raised him from the dead was testifying.
For this reason also a crowd met him,
because they heard that he had performed this miracle.
Therefore the Pharisees said among themselves,
"You see that you do not help at all;
look, the world has gone away after him."
As he drew near, seeing the city he wept over it,
saying, "If you only knew on this day,
even you, the things for peace;
but now they have been hidden from your eyes.
For days will come upon you
when your enemies will put up a palisade to you
and surround you and attack you on all sides;
they will raze you to the ground and your children in you,
and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in you,
in return for your not knowing the time of your visitation."
As he was entering Jerusalem,
all the city was stirred saying, "Who is this?"
The crowds said,
"This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee."
The blind and lame approached him in the temple,
and he healed them.
But when the high priests and the scholars
saw the marvels which he did
and the children shouting in the temple
and saying, "Hosanna to the son of David,"
they were indignant and said to him,
"Do you hear what these are saying?"
Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,
Out of the mouth of infants and suckling ones
you prepared praise?"
So leaving them behind
he went out outside the city to Bethany,
and he spent the night there with the twelve.