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Matej 21:1-46

Mesijanski ulazak u Jeruzalem

(Mk 11:1-10; Lk 19:28-38; Iv 12:12-19)

1Kad su se Isus i učenici približili Jeruzalemu te stigli pred Betfagu na Maslinskoj gori, Isus pošalje naprijed dvojicu učenika. 2“Idite u selo pred vama”, reče im, “i čim u njega uđete, ugledat ćete vezanu magaricu i magare. Odvežite ih i dovedite k meni. 3Upita li vas tko zbog toga, recite samo: ‘Gospodinu trebaju’ pa će ih odmah pustiti.” 4To se dogodilo da se ispuni proročanstvo:

5“Recite izraelskomu narodu21:5 U grčkome: Recite kćeri sionskoj; Izaija 62:11.:

Evo, dolazi tvoj Kralj,

ponizan jaše na magarcu,

na magaretu, mladomu magaričinu.”21:5 Zaharija 9:9.

6Učenici odu i učine kako ih je Isus uputio. 7Dovedu magaricu i magare, prekriju ih svojim ogrtačima, pa Isus sjedne na njih.

8Silno je mnoštvo prostiralo svoje ogrtače po putu, a neki su trgali grane s drveća i prostirali ih putem. 9Ljudi koji su išli pred njim i za njim klicali su:

“Slava21:9 U grčkome: Hosanna! (uzvik slavljenja koji doslovce znači “Spasi, molim te!”) Sinu Davidovu!

Blagoslovljen koji dolazi u ime Gospodnje!

Slava Bogu na nebu!”21:9 Psalam 118:25-26 i Psalam 148:1.

10Kad je ušao u Jeruzalem, cijeli se grad uskomešao. “Tko je taj?” pitali su.

11Mnoštvo je odgovaralo: “To je Isus, prorok iz Nazareta u Galileji.”

Isus izgoni trgovce iz Hrama

(Mk 11:15-19; Lk 19:45-47; Iv 2:13-17)

12Isus uđe u Hram i počne iz njega izgoniti sve trgovce i njihove kupce, prevrne stolove mjenjačima novca i klupe prodavačima goluba. 13“U Svetome pismu piše: ‘Moj Hram treba biti molitveni dom’, a vi ste ga pretvorili u razbojničku špilju!”21:13 Izaija 56:7; Jeremija 7:11.

14U Hramu mu priđu slijepi i hromi te ih on iscijeli. 15Kad su svećenički poglavari i pismoznanci vidjeli čudesa koja je učinio i čuli djecu u Hramu kako kliču: “Slava21:15 U grčkome: Hosanna! Sinu Davidovu!” razgnjeve se 16i upitaju ga: “Čuješ li ti što govore?”

“Čujem”, odgovori im Isus. “A niste li nikad u Pismu pročitali: ‘Pripravio si sebi hvalu iz usta djece i dojenčadi’?”21:16 Psalam 8:2. 17Zatim se vrati u Betaniju da ondje prespava.

Isus proklinje smokvu

(Mk 11:12-14, 20-24)

18Vraćajući se ujutro u Jeruzalem, Isus ogladni. 19Opazi pokraj puta smokvu i priđe joj, ali na njoj ne nađe ničega osim lišća. Nato joj reče: “Ne bilo više nikada na tebi roda!” I smokva se smjesta osuši.

20Učenici se zaprepaste. “Kako se smokva tako brzo sasušila?” pitali su.

21“Zaista vam kažem,” odgovori im Isus, “budete li imali vjere i ne budete li sumnjali, činit ćete ne samo to što sam ja učinio sa smokvom nego kažete li ovoj planini: ‘Digni se i baci se u more!’—to će se i dogoditi. 22Sve što s vjerom zamolite, primit ćete.”

O Isusovoj vlasti

(Mk 11:27-33; Lk 20:1-8)

23Isus ode u Hram. Dok je ondje poučavao, priđu mu svećenički poglavari i narodni starješine pa ga upitaju: “Tko ti je dao pravo da to činiš? Tko te je ovlastio za to?”

24Isus im odgovori: “Reći ću vam tko ako najprije vi meni odgovorite na pitanje: 25Je li Ivanovo krštenje bilo s neba ili od ljudi?”

Oni počnu umovati i međusobno raspravljati: “Ako kažemo da je s neba, pitat će nas zašto mu onda nismo vjerovali. 26A od mnoštva nas je strah reći da je bilo od ljudi jer Ivana svi drže za proroka.” 27Zato Isusu odgovore: “Ne znamo.”

A Isus im reče: “Onda ni ja vama neću reći otkuda mi vlast!”

Prispodoba o dvojici sinova

28“Što mislite o ovomu: Neki je čovjek imao dva sina. Reče prvomu: ‘Sine, idi danas raditi u vinogradu!’ 29‘Neću!’ odgovori on, ali se poslije predomisli i ode. 30Otac i drugome sinu reče isto. ‘Idem, oče!’ odgovori sin, ali se zatim predomisli i odustane. 31Koji je od njih dvojice ispunio očevu volju?”

“Onaj prvi”, odgovore.

Isus im nato reče: “Zaista vam kažem, bludnice i ubirači poreza ući će prije vas u Božje kraljevstvo! 32Jer Ivan Krstitelj došao vam je pokazati put pravednosti, ali mu niste povjerovali, a bludnice i ubirači poreza jesu. Pa čak ni kad ste to vidjeli, niste se pokajali i vjerovali mu.”

Prispodoba o zlim vinogradarima

(Mk 12:1-12; Lk 20:9-19)

33“Poslušajte još jednu prispodobu. Neki čovjek posadi vinograd i ogradi ga, iskopa tijesak za grožđe i izgradi kulu. Zatim ga iznajmi vinogradarima i otputuje. 34Kad dođe vrijeme berbe, pošalje sluge da uzmu njegov dio uroda.

35Ali vinogradari ih pograbe te jednoga pretuku, drugoga ubiju, a trećega kamenuju. 36On zatim pošalje više slugu nego prvi put, ali vinogradari i s njima jednako postupe.

37Naposljetku pošalje k njima svojega sina misleći: ‘Prema mojem sinu sigurno će se odnositi s poštovanjem.’

38Ali kad vinogradari ugledaju sina, rekoše: ‘Ovaj će naslijediti imanje. Ubijmo ga pa ćemo se domognuti imanja umjesto njega!’ 39Pograbe ga, izbace iz vinograda i ubiju.”

40Isus ih upita: “Što mislite, kako će vlasnik imanja postupiti s tim vinogradarima kada se vrati?”

41Oni mu odgovorili: “Te će zlikovce bez smilovanja pogubiti, a vinograd iznajmiti drugima koji će mu davati urod kad za to dođe vrijeme.”

42Isus ih upita: “Niste li nikada čitali u Svetom pismu:

‘Kamen koji su graditelji odbacili

postane ugaonim kamenom.

To je Gospodnje djelo,

čudesno u našim očima.’21:42 Psalam 118:22-23.?

43Zato vam kažem, oduzet će vam se Božje kraljevstvo i dat će se narodu koji će davati njegove plodove. 44Padne li tko na taj kamen, smrskat će se, i padne li kamen na koga, satrt će ga.”

45Kad su svećenički poglavari i farizeji čuli te prispodobe i shvatili da govori o njima, 46htjeli su ga uhvatiti, ali bojali su se mnoštva koje je Isusa smatralo prorokom.

New International Version – UK

Matthew 21:1-46

Jesus comes to Jerusalem as king

1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.’

4This took place to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet:

5‘Say to Daughter Zion,

“See, your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” ’21:5 Zech. 9:9

6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

‘Hosanna21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning ‘Save!’ which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15 to the Son of David!’

‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’21:9 Psalm 118:25,26

‘Hosanna21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning ‘Save!’ which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15 in the highest heaven!’

10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?’

11The crowds answered, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.’

Jesus at the temple

12Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘ “My house will be called a house of prayer,”21:13 Isaiah 56:7 but you are making it “a den of robbers.”21:13 Jer. 7:11

14The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ they were indignant.

16‘Do you hear what these children are saying?’ they asked him.

‘Yes,’ replied Jesus, ‘have you never read,

‘ “From the lips of children and infants

you, Lord, have called forth your praise”21:16 Psalm 8:2 (see Septuagint)?’

17And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

Jesus curses a fig-tree

18Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19Seeing a fig-tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May you never bear fruit again!’ Immediately the tree withered.

20When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. ‘How did the fig-tree wither so quickly?’ they asked.

21Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig-tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done. 22If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’

The authority of Jesus questioned

23Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. ‘By what authority are you doing these things?’ they asked. ‘And who gave you this authority?’

24Jesus replied, ‘I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25John’s baptism – where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?’

They discussed it among themselves and said, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will ask, “Then why didn’t you believe him?” 26But if we say, “Of human origin” – we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.’

27So they answered Jesus, ‘We don’t know.’

Then he said, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

The parable of the two sons

28‘What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.”

29‘ “I will not,” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30‘Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go.

31‘Which of the two did what his father wanted?’

‘The first,’ they answered.

Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

The parable of the tenants

33‘Listen to another parable: there was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall round it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

35‘The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them in the same way. 37Last of all, he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son,” he said.

38‘But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.” 39So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40‘Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’

41‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,’ they replied, ‘and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.’

42Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures:

‘ “The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

the Lord has done this,

and it is marvellous in our eyes”21:42 Psalm 118:22,23?

43‘Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.’21:44 Some manuscripts do not have verse 44.

45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.