35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.
36 Then the crowds spread out their coats on the road ahead of Jesus.
37 As they reached the place where the road started down from the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
38 "Bless the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in highest heaven!"*1
39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, "Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!"
40 He replied, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"
41 But as they came closer to Jerusalem and Jesus saw the city ahead, he began to cry.
42 "I wish that even today you would find the way of peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from you.
43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you.
44 They will crush you to the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you have rejected the opportunity God offered you."
45 Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants from their stalls.
46 He told them, "The Scriptures declare, `My Temple will be a place of prayer,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves."*2
47 After that, he taught daily in the Temple, but the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders of the people began planning how to kill him.
48 But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said.
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