11When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples
2and said to them, Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.
3If anyone says to you, Why are you doing this? just say this, The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.
4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it,
5some of the bystanders said to them, What are you doing, untying the colt?
6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.
7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.
8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.
9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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