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. Chapter 19.

Jesus and Zacchaeus (Jericho)

1 Entering Jericho he made his way through the city. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus; he was superintendent of taxes and very rich. 3 He was eager to see what Jesus looked like; but, being a little man, he could not see him for the crowd. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed a sycamore-tree in order to see him, for he was to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said, 'Zacchaeus, be quick and come down; I must come and stay with you today.' 6 He climbed down as fast as he could and welcomed him gladly. 7 At this there was a general murmur of disapproval. 'He has gone in', they said, 'to be the guest of a sinner.' 8 But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, 'Here and now, sir, I give half my possessions to charity; and if I have cheated anyone, I am ready to repay him four times over.' 9 Jesus said to him, 'Salvation has come to this house today!—for this man too is a son of Abraham, 10 and the Son of Man has come to seek and save what is lost.'

The Parable of the Ten Pounds (Jericho) - [ Lk.19.11-27 → ] - Mt.25.14-30

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was now close to Jerusalem and they thought the reign of God might dawn at any moment. 12 He said, 'A man of noble birth went on a long journey abroad, to be appointed king and then return. 13 But first he called ten of his servants and gave them a pound each, saying, "Trade with this while I am away." 14 His fellow-citizens hated him, and they sent a delegation on his heels to say, "We do not want this man as our king." 15 However, back he came as king, and sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, to see what profit each had made. 16 The first came and said, "Your pound, sir, has made ten more." 17 "Well done," he replied; "you are a good servant. You have shown yourself trustworthy in a very small matter, and you shall have charge of ten cities." 18 The second came and said, "Your pound, sir, has made five more"; 19 and he also was told, "You too, take charge of five cities." 20 The third came and said, "Here is your pound, sir; I kept it put away in a handkerchief. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man: you draw out what you never put in and reap what you did not sow." 22 "You rascal!" he replied; "I will judge you by your own words. You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, that I draw out what I never put in, and reap what I did not sow? 23 Then why did you not put my money on deposit, and I could have claimed it with interest when I came back?" 24 Turning to his attendants he said, "Take the pound from him and give it to the man with ten." 25 "But, sir," they replied, "he has ten already." 26 "I tell you," he went on, "the man who has will always be given more; but the man who has not will forfeit even what he has. 27 But as for those enemies of mine who did not want me for their king, bring them here and slaughter them in my presence." '

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (Jerusalem) - [ Lk.19.28-38 → ] - Mt.21.1-11, Mk.11.1-11, Jn.12.12-19

28 WITH THAT JESUS WENT FORWARD and began the ascent to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples with these instructions: 30 'Go to the village opposite; as you enter it you will find tethered there a colt which no one has yet ridden. 31 Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks why you are untying it, say, "Our Master needs it."' 32 The two went on their errand and found it as he had told them; 33 and while they were untying the colt, its owners asked, 'Why are you untying that colt?' 34 They answered, 'Our Master needs it.' 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus.

Then they threw their cloaks on the colt, for Jesus to mount, 36 and they carpeted the road with them as he went on his way. 37 And now, as he approached the descent from the Mount of Olives, the whole company of his disciples in their joy began to sing aloud the praises of God for all the things they had seen:

39 Some Pharisees who were in the crowd said to him, 'Master, reprimand your disciples.' 40 He answered, 'I tell you, if my disciples keep silence the stones will shout aloud.'

41 When he came in sight of the city, he wept over it 42 and said, 'If only you had known, on this great day, the way that leads to peace! But no; it is hidden from your sight. 43 For a time will come upon you, when your enemies will set up siege-works against you; they will encircle you and hem you in at every point; 44 they will bring you to the ground, you and your children within your walls, and not leave you one stone standing on another, because you did not recognize God's moment when it came.'

The Cleansing of the Temple (Jerusalem) - [ Lk.19.45-48 → ] - Mt.21.12-17, Mk.11.15-19, Jn.2.13-22

45 Then he went into the temple and began driving out the traders, with these words: 46 [ Is.56.7, Jr.7.11. ] 'Scripture says, "My house shall be a house of prayer", but you have made it a robbers' cave.'

47 Day by day he taught in the temple. And the chief priests and lawyers were bent on making an end of him, with the support of the leading citizens, 48 but found they were helpless, because the people all hung upon his words.

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