Testament of Matthew

Matthew 21

1. And as he drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage* by Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples.
2. And he said to them, "Go to the village opposite you, and at once you will find a donkey tied and a colt with it. Untie and bring them to me.
3. "And if anyone* says anything to you, tell him 'Our Lord wants them,' and at once they will send them here."
4. And this then all happened, so that what was told by the prophet would be fulfilled, who said,

5. "Tell the daughter of Zion,
behold, your King comes to you,
Gentle and riding on a donkey and on a colt,
born carrier of burdens."

6. And his disciples went and did as Jesus instructed them.
7. And they brought the donkey and the colt and they consecrated their garments on the colt and Jesus rode on them.
8. And most of the people* laid down their cloaks on the road. And others cut down branches from the trees and threw them on the road.
9. The people* that went before and after him, called out and said,

"O'shanna* for the son of David,*
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
O'shanna in the Highest."*

10. And as he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken, and they said, "Who is this?"
11. The people* said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."*

12. And Jesus entered the temple of God, and he ejected all those who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the plates of the money changers and the chairs of those who sold doves,
13. And he told them, it is written that,

'My house shall be called the house of prayer,
you, however, have made it into a robbers' cave.' "

14. And the blind and the cripples approached him in the temple and he healed them.
15. As the chief high priests and the Pharisees saw the wonders that he performed, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, "O'shanna for the son of David," they were stunned.
16. And they told him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" Jesus told them, "Yes, have you never read that by the mouth of children and the young you will be glorified*?"

17. And he left them and he went out of the city to Bethany and resided there.
18. In the morning, however, as he returned to the city, he became hungry,
19. And he saw a fig tree on the way and he came to it and did not find anything, only leaves. And he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again."* And at once the fig tree withered.
20. And the disciples saw and were amazed and said, "How could the fig tree wither within an hour?"
21. Jesus replied and said to them, "Amen, I am telling you, if there is faith in you, and you do not equivocate, not only you can annihilate this fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain that it be taken and dropped into the sea, it shall be done.
22. "And whatever you ask for in prayer and you have faith, you will be granted*."

23. And as Jesus came to the temple, the chief high priests and priests of the nation approached him while he taught, and they told him, "By what authority do you do these things? And who gave you this authority?"
24. Jesus replied and told them, "I will also ask you about a manifestation, and if you tell me, I too will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25. "The baptism of John, where did it come from? Was it from heaven or was it from human beings?" They thought about it within themselves and said that, if we say it is from heaven, he will tell us, "And what was the reason* that you did not believe in it?"
26. And to say that, it was from human beings, they were afraid of the people*, for they all held John to be a prophet.
27. And they replied and said to him, "We do not know." Jesus told them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

28. "What do you think of this?* A man had two children, and he called the first one and told him, 'Son, go work in the vineyard today.'
29. "He replied and said, 'I do not want to,' but later he regretted it and went.
30. "And he went to the other one and told him likewise. He replied and said, 'I [will,] my lord,' and did not go.
31. "Which of the two did his father's will?" They said, "The first one." Jesus told them, " Amen, I am telling you, the revenue collectors and the prostitutes are ahead of you [as far as entering] the Kingdom of God.
32. "For John came to you by way of the high priesthood and you did not believe him. Revenue collectors and prostitutes, however, believed him. You, however, never saw it, so as to repent and believe him later.

33. "Listen to another parable. There was a man who was lord of a house, and he planted a vineyard by a stream,* and dug a cellar and built in it a winepress and entrusted it to workers and observed from a distance.
34. "As the fruit season arrived, he sent his servants to the workers, so as they may send him of the vineyard's fruit.
35. And the workers seized his servants and they beat some of them and stoned others and some they killed.
36. "And again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did to them likewise.
37. "At last then, he sent to them his son, while saying, 'Finally, they will be ashamed of my son.'
38. "The workers, as they saw the son, said between themselves, 'Here is the heir. Let us kill him and seize the inheritance.'
39. "And they seized and took him outside of the vineyard and killed him.
40. "Thus when the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those workers?"
41. They said to him, "He will utterly destroy them, and entrust the vineyard to other workers, those who give him fruit in season."
42. Jesus told them, "Have you never read in the Book, that

'The stone rejected by the builders, became the chief cornerstone,
...it was thus the will of the Lord, and a miracle for our eyes to behold'?

43. "Because of this, I am telling you, that the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to the nation that will produce fruits.

44. "And whoever comes against* this stone, will be torn asunder,
...and whoever it falls on, will be shattered."

45. And as the chief high priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was talking about them.
46. And they wished to arrest him, and they were afraid of the crowd, because they accepted him as a prophet.
*21:1 Lit. Ar. name: "House of Stables."
*21:3 Lit. Ar. figure of speech: "A human."
*21:8 Lit. Ar. id.: "Crowds," or "congregation."
*21:9.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Crowds," or "congregation."
*21:9.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic name retained: "Our Life-Giving Branch," or "Our Jesus," a clear mention here of the name of Jesus in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah.
*21:9.3 Aramaic idiomatic construction retained: the passage literally means: "Salvation for the son of David," a reference to Israel of God.
*21:9.4 Aramaic idiomatic construction retained: the title clearly states that Jesus is God.
*21:11.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Crowds."
*21:11.2 Lit. Aramaic: "This is Jesus of the Victorious Revelation."
*21:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Loaves."
*21:16 Lit. Ar. id.: "Gain glorification."
*21:19 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Never will there be fruit in you to the [end of the] universe."
*21:22 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Satisfied."
*21:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Over what?"
*21:26 Lit. Ar. id.: "Crowd."
*21:28 Lit. Aramaic expression: "How does it appear to you?"
*21:33.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "And around it."
*21:44 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Falls on."

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