Bishops' Bible

Matthew 21

Christ rideth into Jerusalem upon an ass,

Matthew 21:1 And when they drewe nye vnto Hierusalem, & were come to Bethphage, vnto the mout of Oliues, the sent Iesus two disciples, Matthew 21:2 Saying vnto the: Go into the towne that lyeth ouer agaynste you, and anone ye shall fynde an Asse tyed, & a colt with her: loose [them and] bryng [them] vnto me. Matthew 21:3 And yf any man saye ought vnto you, saye ye, the Lorde hath nede of them: and strayghtway he wyll let them go. Matthew 21:4 All this was done, that it myght be fulfylled which was spoken by the prophete, saying: Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion: behold, thy kyng commeth vnto thee meke, and syttyng vpon an Asse, & a colt, the foale of [the Asse] vsed to the yoke. Matthew 21:6 The disciples went, and did as Iesus commaunded them, Matthew 21:7 And brought the Asse, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and set hym theron. Matthew 21:8 And many of the people spread their garmetes in the way. Other cut downe braunches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. Matthew 21:9 Moreouer, the multitudes that went before, & that came after, cryed, saying: Hosanna to the sonne of Dauid. Blessed is he that commeth in the name of the Lorde, Hosanna in the hyest. Matthew 21:10 And when he was come into Hierusale, all the citie was moued, saying: who is this? Matthew 21:11 And the multitude saide: This is Iesus that prophete of Nazareth in Galilee.

driveth the buyers and sellers out of the Temple,

Matthew 21:12 And Iesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and ouerthrewe the tables of the money chaungers, and the seates of them that solde doues, Matthew 21:13 And sayde vnto them, it is written: My house shalbe called the house of prayer, but ye haue made it a denne of thieues. Matthew 21:14 And the blynde and the halt came to hym in the temple, and he healed them. Matthew 21:15 When the chiefe priestes and scribes sawe the wonders that he dyd, and the chyldren crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the sonne of Dauid, they disdayned, Matthew 21:16 And sayde vnto hym: Hearest thou what these saye? But Iesus sayth vnto them, yea, haue ye neuer read: Out of the mouth of babes & suckelynges thou hast ordeyned prayse?

curseth the fig tree,

Matthew 21:17 And he left them, and went out of the citie, vnto Bethanie: and he lodged there. Matthew 21:18 In the mornyng, as he returned into the citie, he hungred. Matthew 21:19 And when he sawe one fygge tree in the waye, he came to it, and founde nothyng theron but leaues only, & said vnto it: neuer fruite growe on thee henceforwarde. And anone the figge tree withered away. Matthew 21:20 And when his disciples sawe it, they marueyled, saying: Howe soone is the figge tree wythered away? Matthew 21:21 Iesus aunswered, and saide vnto the: Ueryly I saye vnto you, yf ye haue fayth, and doubt not, ye shall not onlye do this [which is done] to the figge tree: but also, yf ye shall say vnto this mountayne, be thou remoued, and, be thou cast into the sea, it shalbe done. Matthew 21:22 And all thynges, whatsoeuer ye aske in prayer, beleuyng, ye shall receaue them.

putteth to silence the priests and elders,

Matthew 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chiefe priestes, & the elders of the people, came vnto hym teaching, and saye: By what aucthoritie doest thou these thynges? and who gaue thee this power? Matthew 21:24 Iesus aunswered, & saide vnto them: I also wyll aske you one questio, which yf ye tell me, I in likewise wyll tell you by what aucthoritie I do these thinges: Matthew 21:25 The baptisme of Iohn, whence was it, from heauen, or of men? And they reasoned with them selues saying: if we shall say from heauen, he wyll say vnto vs, why dyd ye not then beleue hym? Matthew 21:26 But yf we shall say of men, then feare we the people: for all [men] holde Iohn as a prophete. Matthew 21:27 And they aunswered vnto Iesus, and sayde: we can not tell. And he saide vnto them: neither tell I you, by what aucthoritie I do these thynges.

and rebuketh them by the similitude of the two sons,

Matthew 21:28 But what thynke you? A man had two sonnes, and came to the firste, and saide: sonne, go and worke to day in my vineyarde. Matthew 21:29 He aunswered and saide, I wyll not: but afterwarde he repented, and went. Matthew 21:30 Then came he to the seconde, & sayde lykewyse. And he aunswered & saide, I wyll sir, and went not. Matthew 21:31 Whether of them twayne did the wyl of the father? And they saide vnto him, the first. Iesus sayth vnto them: Ueryly I saye vnto you, that publicanes & harlottes go into the kingdome of God, before you. Matthew 21:32 For Iohn came vnto you by the way of righteousnes, & ye beleued hym not: but publicanes & harlottes beleued him. And ye, when ye had sene [it] were not moued afterwarde with repentaunce, that ye myght haue beleued hym.

and the husbandmen, who slew such as were sent unto them.

Matthew 21:33 Hearken another similitude. There was a certayne man, an householder, which made a vineyarde, & hedged it rounde about, and made a wynepresse in it, and buylt a towre, and let it out to husbande men: and went into a strange countrey. Matthew 21:34 And when the time of the fruite drewe neare, he sent his seruauntes to the husbande men, that they might receaue the fruites of it. Matthew 21:35 And the husbande men caught his seruauntes, and beatte one, killed another, and stoned another. Matthew 21:36 Agayne, he sent other seruauntes, mo then the first: and they dyd vnto them lykewyse. Matthew 21:37 But laste of all, he sent vnto them his owne sonne, saying: they wyll stande in awe of my sonne. Matthew 21:38 But when the husband men sawe the sonne, they sayde among them selues: this is the heire, come, let vs kyll hym, and let vs enioy his inheritaunce. Matthew 21:39 And they caught hym, and thrust him out of the vineyarde, and slewe [hym]. Matthew 21:40 When the Lorde therfore of the vineyarde commeth, what wyll he do vnto those husbande men? Matthew 21:41 They sayde vnto hym: He wyll miserably destroy those wicked [men] & wyll let out his vineyard vnto other husband men, which shall delyuer him the fruite in due seasons. Matthew 21:42 Iesus sayth vnto them. Did ye neuer reade in the Scriptures: The stone which the buylders refused, the same is become the head of the corner. This is the Lordes doing, and it is marueylous in our eyes. Matthew 21:43 Therefore saye I vnto you, the kyngdome of God shalbe taken from you, & geuen to a nation bryngyng foorth the fruites therof. Matthew 21:44 And whosoeuer falleth on this stone, shalbe broken in peeces: but on whomsoeuer it falleth, it shal all to grynd him. Matthew 21:45 And when the chiefe priestes and pharisees had heard his parables, they perceaued that he spake of them. Matthew 21:46 And they went about to laye handes on hym, but they feared the multitudes, because they toke him as a prophet.

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