Jesus was a tough man


191 And he went into Jericho and passed through.

2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, who was a chief of the tax collectors and was rich.

3 And he desired to see Jesus who he was, but could not because of the multitude; for he was small in stature.

4 And he ran ahead and went up a sycamore tree to see him; because that's where he should get through.

5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, Zacchaeus, get down quickly; because I have to stop at your house today.

6 And he went down quickly and welcomed him with joy.

7 When they saw this, they all grumbled, saying, "He has returned to a sinner."

8 But Zacchaeus came and said to the Lord, Behold, Lord, I give half of what I have to the poor, and if I have betrayed someone, I give it back four times.

9 But Jesus said to him, Today salvation has come to this house, for he too is a son of Abraham.

10 Because the Son of Man has come to seek and save what is lost.

From the pounds entrusted

11 As they listened, he said another parable; for he was near Jerusalem, and they thought that the kingdom of God would be revealed at once.

12 And he said, A man of noble origin went to a distant land to obtain a kingdom, and then came back.

13 He called ten of his servants, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, Do it until I return.

14 But his citizens were hostile to him and sent an embassy after him saying, We do not want him to rule over us.

15 And it came to pass, when he returned, after having obtained the kingship, that he called to him the servants whom he had given the money to know what they had been dealing with.

16 Then the first came and said, Lord, your pound has brought in ten pounds.

17 And he said to him, Well done, good servant; because you have been faithful in a little, you shall have power over ten cities.

18 And the second came and said, Lord, your pound has brought five pounds.

19 And he said to him, And you shall be over five cities.

20 And the third came and said, Lord, behold, here is your pound, which I have kept in a cloth;

21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man; you take what you have not planted and reap what you have not sown.

22 And he said to him, I judge you with your own words, you wicked servant. Did you know that I am a tough man, take what I did not plant and reap what I did not sow

23 then why didn't you take my money to the bank? And if I had come back I would have claimed it with interest.

24 And he said to those who stood by, Take the pound from him, and give it to him who has ten pounds.

25 And they said to him, Lord, he already has ten pounds.

26 But I say to you, to whoever has it will be given; but what he has will also be taken from him who has not.

27 But bring these enemies of mine, who would not let me rule over them, and bring them down to me.

Jesus' entry into Jerusalem

28 And when he had said this, he went ahead and went up to Jerusalem.

29 And it came to pass, as he came near to Prayer and Bethany, to the mountain called the Mount of Olives, that he sent two disciples

30 and said, Go to the village opposite. And when you come in you will find a colonnade tied up that no one has ever sat on; untie it and bring it here!

31 And if someone asks you, why are you untying it? Then say like this: The Lord needs him.

32 And those he had sent went and found as he had told them.

33 But when they untied the colt, his masters said to them, Why are you untying the colt?

34 But they said, The Lord needs him.

35 And they brought it to Jesus, and put their clothes on the stuffing, and put Jesus on it.

36 As he went, they spread their clothes on the road.

37 And when he was near the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to joyfully praise God with a loud voice for all the deeds they had seen.

38 and said: Blessed be he who comes, the King, in the name of the Lord! Peace be in heaven and honor on high!

39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, Teacher, correct your disciples.

40 He answered and said, I say to you, when these are silent, the stones will cry out.

Jesus weeps over Jerusalem

41 And when he came near and saw the city, he wept over it

42 And said, Even though you also knew that day what brings peace! But now it's hidden from your eyes.

43 For a time will come upon you when your enemies will raise a wall around you, besiege you and press you on all sides

44 and will level you to the ground with your children in you and leave no stone unturned in you, because you did not recognize the time when you were visited.

The temple cleansing

45 And he went into the temple and began to drive out the traders,

46 And said to them, It is written (Isaiah 56: 7): "My house will be a house of prayer"; but you made it a den of robbers.

47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the most respected of the people sought to kill him,

48 and did not find how to do it; for all the people clung to him and heard him.