12The next day as they were leaving
Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in
leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found
nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14Then
he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his
disciples heard him say it.
15On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the
temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He
overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling
doves, 16and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through
the temple courts. 17And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not
” ‘My house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations’? But
you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
18The chief priests and the teachers of the
law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him,
because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
19When evening came, they went
out of the city.
The Withered Fig Tree
20In the morning, as they went
along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21Peter
remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has
22”Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23”I
tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into
the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will
happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever
you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be
yours. 25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against
anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
12Jesus entered the temple area and drove
out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the
money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13”It is
written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but
you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’“
14The blind and the lame
came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15But when the
chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and
the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they
16“Do you hear what these children are
saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
“‘From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise’?”
17And he left them and went out of the city
to Bethany, where he spent the night.
The Fig Tree Withers
18Early in the morning, as he was on his
way back to the city, he was hungry. 19Seeing a fig tree by the
road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said
to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
20When the disciples saw this, they were
amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
21Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if
you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig
tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the
sea,’ and it will be done. 22If you believe, you will receive
whatever you ask for in prayer.”