Luke 19

Jesus and Zacchaeus

19:1 Jesus1 entered Jericho2 and was passing through it. 19:2 Now3 a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector4 and was rich. 19:3 He5 was trying to get a look at Jesus,6 but being a short man he could not see over the crowd.7 19:4 So8 he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree9 to see him, because Jesus10 was going to pass that way. 19:5 And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up11 and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly,12 because I must13 stay at your house today.”14 19:6 So he came down quickly15 and welcomed Jesus16 joyfully.17 19:7 And when the people18 saw it, they all complained,19 “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”20 19:8 But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give21 to the poor, and if22 I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” 19:9 Then23 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation24 has come to this household,25 because he too is a son of Abraham!26 19:10 For the Son of Man came27 to seek and to save the lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Minas

19:11 While the people were listening to these things, Jesus28 proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem,29 and because they thought30 that the kingdom of God31 was going to32 appear immediately. 19:12 Therefore he said, “A nobleman33 went to a distant country to receive34 for himself a kingdom and then return.35 19:13 And he summoned ten of his slaves,36 gave them ten minas,37 and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ 19:14 But his citizens38 hated39 him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man40 to be king41 over us!’ 19:15 When42 he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned43 these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted44 to know how much they had earned45 by trading. 19:16 So46 the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir,47 your mina48 has made ten minas more.’ 19:17 And the king49 said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful50 in a very small matter, you will have authority51 over ten cities.’ 19:18 Then52 the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ 19:19 So53 the king54 said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 19:20 Then another55 slave56 came and said, ‘Sir, here is57 your mina that I put away for safekeeping58 in a piece of cloth.59 19:21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe60 man. You withdraw61 what you did not deposit62 and reap what you did not sow.’ 19:22 The king63 said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words,64 you wicked slave!65 So you knew, did you, that I was a severe66 man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? 19:23 Why then didn’t you put67 my money in the bank,68 so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ 19:24 And he said to his attendants,69 ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’70 19:25 But71 they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’72 19:26 ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more,73 but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.74 19:27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king,75 bring them here and slaughter76 them77 in front of me!’”

The Triumphal Entry

19:28 After Jesus78 had said this, he continued on ahead,79 going up to Jerusalem.80 19:29 Now81 when he approached Bethphage82 and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives,83 he sent two of the disciples, 19:30 telling them,84 “Go to the village ahead of you.85 When86 you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden.87 Untie it and bring it here. 19:31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs88 it.’” 19:32 So those who were sent ahead found89 it exactly90 as he had told them. 19:33 As91 they were untying the colt, its owners asked them,92 “Why are you untying that colt?” 19:34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 19:35 Then93 they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks94 on the colt,95 and had Jesus get on96 it. 19:36 As97 he rode along, they98 spread their cloaks on the road. 19:37 As he approached the road leading down from99 the Mount of Olives,100 the whole crowd of his101 disciples began to rejoice102 and praise103 God with a loud voice for all the mighty works104 they had seen:105 19:38Blessed is the king106 who comes in the name of the Lord!107 Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 19:39 But108 some of the Pharisees109 in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”110 19:40 He answered,111 “I tell you, if they112 keep silent, the very stones113 will cry out!”

Jesus Weeps for Jerusalem under Judgment

19:41 Now114 when Jesus115 approached116 and saw the city, he wept over it, 19:42 saying, “If you had only known on this day,117 even you, the things that make for peace!118 But now they are hidden119 from your eyes. 19:43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build120 an embankment121 against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 19:44 They will demolish you122 – you and your children within your walls123 – and they will not leave within you one stone124 on top of another,125 because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”126

Cleansing the Temple

19:45 Then127 Jesus128 entered the temple courts129 and began to drive out those who were selling things there,130 19:46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’131 but you have turned it into a den132 of robbers!”133

19:47 Jesus134 was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law135 and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate136 him, 19:48 but137 they could not find a way to do it,138 for all the people hung on his words.139

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