1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2And there was a man called Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector [a superintendent to whom others reported], and he was rich. 3Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, but he could not see because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. 4So he ran on ahead [of the crowd] and climbed up in a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. 5When Jesus reached the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6So Zaccheus hurried and came down, and welcomed Jesus with joy. 7When the people saw it, they all began muttering [in discontent], “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a [notorious] sinner.” 8Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “See, Lord, I am [now] giving half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I will give back four times as much.” 9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he, too, is a [spiritual] son of Abraham; 10for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Parable of Money Usage
11While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they assumed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately [as soon as He reached the city]. 12So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to obtain for himself a kingdom, and [then] to return. 13So he called ten of his servants, and gave them ten minas [one apiece, each equal to about a hundred days’ wages] and said to them, ‘Do business [with this] until I return.’ 14But his citizens [the residents of his new kingdom] hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be a king over us.’ 15When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these servants, to whom he had given the money, be called to him, that he might find out what business they had done. 16The first one came before him and said, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.’ 17And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you proved yourself faithful and trustworthy in a very little thing, you shall [now] have authority over ten cities [in my kingdom].’ 18The second one came and said, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19And he said to him also, ‘And you shall take charge over five cities.’ 20Then another came and said, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I have kept laid up in a handkerchief [for safekeeping]. 21I was [always] afraid of you, because you are a stern man; you pick up what you did not lay down and you reap what you did not sow.’ 22He said to the servant, ‘I will judge and condemn you by your own words, you worthless servant! Did you [really] know that I was a stern man, picking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow? 23Then why did you not [at the very least] put my money in a bank? Then on my return, I would have collected it with interest.’ 24Then he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas already!’ 26[Jesus explained,] ‘I tell you that to everyone who has [because he valued his gifts from God and has used them wisely], more will be given; but from the one who does not have [because he disregarded his gifts from God], even what he has will be taken away.’ 27[The king ended by saying,] ‘But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and kill them in my presence.’ ”
The Triumphal Entry
28After saying these things, Jesus went on ahead [of them], going up to Jerusalem.
29When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a [donkey’s] colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anybody asks you, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ you will say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 32So those who were sent left and found the colt just as He had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their robes over the colt and put Jesus on it. 36As He rode along, people were spreading their coats on the road [as an act of homage before a king]. 37As soon as He was approaching [Jerusalem], near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the entire multitude of the disciples [all those who were or claimed to be His followers] began praising God [adoring Him enthusiastically and] joyfully with loud voices for all the miracles and works of power that they had seen, 38shouting,
“Blessed (celebrated, praised) is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory (majesty, splendor) in the highest [heaven]!”
39Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples [for shouting these Messianic praises].” 40Jesus replied, “I tell you, if these [people] keep silent, the stones will cry out [in praise]!”
41As He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it [and the spiritual ignorance of its people], 42saying, “If [only] you had known on this day [of salvation], even you, the things which make for peace [and on which peace depends]! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. 43For a time [of siege] is coming when your enemies will put up a barricade [with pointed stakes] against you, and surround you [with armies] and hem you in on every side, 44and they will level you to the ground, you [Jerusalem] and your children within you. They will not leave in you one stone on another, all because you did not [come progressively to] recognize [from observation and personal experience] the time of your visitation [when God was gracious toward you and offered you salvation].”
Traders Driven from the Temple
45Jesus went into the temple [enclosure] and began driving out those who were selling, 46saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a robbers’ den.”
47He was teaching day after day in the temple [porches and courts]; but the chief priests and scribes and the leading men among the people were seeking [a way] to put Him to death, 48and they could not find anything that they could do, for all the people [stayed close to Him and] were hanging on to every word He said.