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Early the next day as they were coming from Bethany
he was hungry.
On the way seeing from a distance a fig tree having leaves
he came to see if he would find something on it,
and coming upon it he found nothing except leaves;
for it was not the season of figs.
He said to it, "May no fruit come from you ever again."
His disciples heard it.

They came into Jerusalem, and entering the temple
he found those selling cattle and sheep and doves,
and the money-changers seated.
Having made a whip out of rope
he threw them all out of the temple,
the sheep and the cattle,
and he poured out the coins
and overturned the tables of the money-changers
and the seats of those selling doves,
to whom he said, "Take these away from here;
do not make my Father's house a market."

He did not allow anyone
to carry property through the temple,
and he said to them, "It has been written,

My house shall be called
a house of prayer for all the nations,

but you have made it a den of robbers."

His disciples remembered that it is written:

Zeal for your house will consume me.

Therefore the Jews answered him,
"What sign do you show us, since you do these things?"

Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple,
and in three days I will raise it."

So the Jews said,
"This temple was built in forty-six years,
and will you raise it in three days?"

But he was talking about the temple of his body.
So when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he said this,
and they believed the scripture
and the word which Jesus said.

He was teaching daily in the temple;
but the high priests and the scholars
and the foremost of the people sought to destroy him,
and they did not discover what they should do;
for they feared him,
because all the people were hanging out listening to him.

When it got late, he went out outside the city.
Passing along early in the morning
they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

Peter remembering said to him, "Rabbi, look,
the fig tree which you cursed has dried up."

The disciples marveled
asking, "How was the fig tree dried up?"

Jesus answered them, "Amen, I tell you,
if you have faith in God and do not doubt in your heart
but believe that what you speak happens,
not only will you do what was done with the fig tree,
but also if you say to this mountain,
'Be picked up and thrown into the sea,' it will happen.

"For this reason I tell you,
everything for which you pray and ask,
believe that you received it, and it will be for you.
When you stand praying,
forgive if you have anything against anyone,
so that your Father in heaven
may also forgive you your transgressions."

71. Jesus Clears the Temple Harmony 71 * Interpretation 71
72. Authority Questioned Harmony 72 * Synthesis 72 * Interpretation 72

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