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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 fulfill 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 around 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 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 marvelous 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.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Mateo 21:1-46

Yesu Kɔ Yerusalem Sɛ Ɔhempɔn

1Aka kakra na Yesu ne nʼasuafo no adu Yerusalem no, wɔbɛn kurow bi a wɔfrɛ no Betfage a ɛwɔ Ngo Bepɔw no so hɔ no. Ɛhɔ na Yesu somaa nʼasuafo no mu baanu se, wonni kan nkɔ. 2Ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Sɛ mudu hɔ a, mubehu sɛ wɔasa afurum bi ne ne ba hama. Monsan wɔn, na momfa wɔn mmrɛ me. 3Sɛ obi ka asɛm bi kyerɛ mo a, monka nkyerɛ onipa ko no se, ‘Wɔn ho hia Awurade,’ na ntɛm ara ɔbɛma mo de wɔn aba.”

4Wɔyɛɛ eyi de hyɛɛ tete nkɔmhyɛ a ɛka se,

5“Monka nkyerɛ Ɔbabea Sion se

wo hene reba wo nkyɛn.

Odwo, na ɔte afurum ne

afurum ba so” no mu den.

6Asuafo baanu no yɛɛ nea Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn no. 7Wɔde mmoa no brɛɛ no no, wɔde wɔn ntama sesɛw afurum no so, maa Yesu tenaa no so. 8Nnipadɔm a wɔwɔ hɔ no bi de wɔn ntama sesɛw ɔkwan a ɔde aboa no nam so no so. Ebinom nso bubuu nnua mman de sesɛw ɔkwan no mu saa ara. 9Dɔm no tu teɛe de osebɔ teɛteɛɛ mu se,

“Hosiana Dawid Ba!”

“Nhyira ne nea ɔnam Awurade din mu reba no.”

“Hosiana wɔ ɔsoro nohɔ!”

10Bere a oduu Yerusalem no, kurow no nyinaa bɔɔ twi. Ɛhɔfo no bisae se, “Na hena ni?”

11Nnipadɔm no buae se, “Ɛyɛ Yesu, Odiyifo a ofi Nasaret a ɛwɔ Galileaman mu no.”

Yesu Kɔ Hyiadan Mu

12Yesu fii hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ hyiadan mu. Oduu hɔ no, ɔpam aguadifo a wɔwɔ hɔ no nyinaa, kaa sikasesafo apon nyinaa guu fam, bubuu pata a wɔtɔn mmorɔnoma wɔ mu no nyinaa gui. 13Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, ‘Mʼasɔrefi yɛ beae a wɔbɔ mpae.’ Nanso mo de, mode hɔ ayɛ adwowtwafo atenae.”

14Afei anifuraefo ne mmubuafo baa ne nkyɛn wɔ hyiadan mu hɔ ma ɔsaa wɔn nyinaa yare. 15Nanso bere a asɔfo mpanyin ne Yudafo mpanyin bi huu anwonwade yi na wɔtee nso sɛ mmofra nkumaa a wɔwɔ hyiadan mu hɔ reteɛteɛ mu se, “Nhyira nka Dawid Ba no” no, anyɛ wɔn dɛ.

16Enti wobisaa Yesu se, “Wote nsɛm a mmofra no reka no ana?”

Yesu bua se, “Yiw. Na monkenkan saa Kyerɛwsɛm a ɛka se,

“ ‘Mmofra ne nkokoaa mpo

de wɔn ano kamfo wo’ no da, ana?”

17Afei ofii hɔ san kɔɔ Betania kɔdaa hɔ.

Yesu Dome Borɔdɔma Dua Bi

18Ade kyee anɔpa a ɔresan akɔ Yerusalem no, ɔkɔm dee no. 19Ohuu sɛ borɔdɔma dua bi si ɔkwan ho baabi. Ɔkɔɔ hɔ kɔhwɛɛ sɛ borɔdɔma no bi wɔ so, nanso oduu hɔ no, ohuu sɛ nhaban nko ara na ɛwɔ so. Ɔdomee borɔdɔma dua no se, “Efi nnɛ, worensow aba bio!” Ɛhɔ ara borɔdɔma dua no wui.

20Asɛm yi yɛɛ Yesu asuafo no nwonwa ma wobisaa no se, “Na ɛyɛɛ dɛn nti na borɔdɔma dua no so nhaban poo ntɛm saa?”

21Yesu nso buaa wɔn se, “Nokware, sɛ mowɔ gyidi na munnhinhim a, mubetumi ayɛ ade koro yi ara bi, anaa nea ɛkyɛn saa mpo. Anka mubetumi aka akyerɛ Ngo Bepɔw yi se, ‘Tutu kogu po mu,’ na ebetutu akogu mu nso. 22Biribiara a mode gyidi bebisa wɔ mpaebɔ mu no, mo nsa bɛka.”

Yesu Tumi Ho Asɛmmisa

23Yesu san kɔɔ hyiadan mu hɔ a ɔrekyerɛkyerɛ no, asɔfo mpanyin ne Yudafo mpanyin baa ne kyɛn bebisaa no tumi ko a ogyina so pam aguadifo ne sikasesafo no fii hyiadan mu hɔ no.

24Yesu kae se, “Merebebisa mo asɛm baako bi, na mummua me ansa. 25Onyankopɔn na ɔsomaa Osuboni Yohane anaa ɛnyɛ ɔno?”

Wodwinnwen ho kae se, “Sɛ yɛka sɛ ‘Efi Onyankopɔn’ a, wobebisa yɛn nea enti a yɛannye nea Yohane kae no anni? 26Na sɛ yɛka se, ‘Ɛnyɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔsomaa no’ nso a, dɔm no bɛhaw yɛn efisɛ, wɔn nyinaa nim sɛ Yohane yɛ odiyifo.”

27Enti wɔn mmuae a wɔmae ara ne sɛ, “Yennim!”

Ɛhɔ ara na Yesu nso kae se, “Sɛ munnim de a, me nso meremmua mo.”

Mmabarima Baanu Ho Bɛ

28Yesu kae se, “Saa asɛm a merebɛka yi mudwen ho dɛn? Ɔbarima bi wɔ mmabarima baanu. Ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn mu panyin no se, ‘Me ba, nnɛ kɔ mʼafum na kɔyɛ adwuma wɔ hɔ.’

29“Ne ba no kae se, ‘Merenkɔ,’ nanso akyiri no, ɔsesaa nʼadwene na ɔkɔe.

30“Afei agya no ka kyerɛɛ akumaa no se, ‘Wo nso kɔ.’ Ɔno nso kae se, ‘Agya, mate, mɛkɔ.’ Nanso wankɔ.

31“Saa mmofra baanu yi mu hena na otie nʼagya asɛm?”

Wobuae se, “Ɛyɛ ne ba panyin no.”

Yesu see wɔn se, “Akyinnye biara nni ho sɛ abɔnefo ne nguamanfo bɛkɔ Ɔsoro Ahenni mu ansa na moakɔ. 32Efisɛ Yohane baa mo nkyɛn sɛ ɔrebɛkyerɛ mo trenee kwan, na moannye no anni. Nanso towgyefo ne nguamanfo gyee no dii. Na muhuu eyi mpo no, moansakra mo adwene, na moannye no anni.”

Apaafo Ho Bɛ

33Yesu buu wɔn bɛ foforo bi se, “Da bi, ɔbarima bi a ɔwɔ bobeturo a wagye ban afa ho, na watu amoa a wokyi nsa wɔ mu, de afuw no gyaw akuafo bi. Eyi akyi no, otuu kwan kɔɔ ɔman foforo bi so. 34Eduu bere a bobe no beree a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔtew no, ɔsomaa ne ho nnipa baa akuafo no hɔ sɛ wommegye ne kyɛfa mmrɛ no.

35“Woduu hɔ ara pɛ na akuafo no tow hyɛɛ nnipa no so, boroo ɔbaako, kum ɔbaako na wosiw ɔbaako nso abo. 36Afei ɔsan somaa nnipa a wɔn dodow sen wɔn a ɔsomaa wɔn kan no se wɔnkɔ akuafo no nkyɛn, nanso asɛm koro no ara bi na esii. 37Eyi akyi no ɔsomaa ɔno nʼankasa ne ba kɔɔ akuafo no nkyɛn susuwii sɛ, wɔde nidi bɛma no.

38“Nanso akuafo no huu sɛ ne ba no apue reba pɛ, wɔfaa ne ho adwene kae se, ‘Ɔdedifo no na ɔreba no; momma yenkum no, na yɛmfa afuw no!’ 39Ɛhɔ ara na wɔtwee no fii afuw no mu, kokum no too baabi.

40“Sɛ afuw wura no san ba a, mugye di sɛ dɛn na ɔbɛyɛ saa akuafo no?”

41Yudafo mpanyin no buae se, “Ɔno nso bekum saa atirimɔdenfo no na ɔde afuw no ama akuafo foforo a wɔde ne kyɛfa bɛma no bere a ɛsɛ mu.”

42Yesu bisaa wɔn bio se, “Monkenkan Kyerɛwsɛm no mu da sɛ,

“ ‘Ɔbo a adansifo apo no

ɛno ara na abɛyɛ ɔdan no twea so tibo.

Awurade na wayɛ eyi,

na ɛyɛ nwonwa wɔ yɛn ani so?’

43“Nea mereka ara ne sɛ, wobegye Onyankopɔn Ahenni no afi mo nsam de akɔma ɔman foforo a wobebu ne nnɔbae no ho nkontaa pa akyerɛ no. 44Wɔn a wɔbɛhwe saa ɔbotan yi so no mu bebubu, na nea ɔbo no bɛhwe ne so no nso bɛpɛtɛw.”

45Bere a asɔfo mpanyin ne Yudafo mpanyin no tee ase sɛ Yesu asɛm a ɔreka no fa wɔn ho no, 46wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔyɛ no bɔne, nanso na wosuro dɔm no efisɛ na wɔagye Yesu ato mu sɛ ɔyɛ Odiyifo.