Luke 19

1Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. 2In Jericho there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a wealthy, very important tax collector. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was. There were many other people that wanted to see Jesus too. Zacchaeus was too short to see above the people. 4So he ran to a place where he knew Jesus would come. Then Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus. 5When Jesus came to that place, Jesus looked up and saw Zacchaeus in the tree. Jesus said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry! Come down! I must stay at your house today.” 6Then Zacchaeus came down quickly. He was happy to have Jesus in his house. 7All the people saw this. They began to complain, “Look at the kind of man Jesus stays with. Zacchaeus is a sinner!” 8Zacchaeus said to the Lord ˻(Jesus)˼, “I want to do good. I will give half of my money to the poor. If I have cheated any person, I will pay that person back four times more!” 9Jesus said, “Today is the day for this family to be saved from sin. Yes, even this tax collector is one of God’s chosen people! 10The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them.” 11Jesus traveled closer to Jerusalem. Some of the people thought that God’s kingdom would come soon. 12Jesus knew the people thought this, so he told them this story: “A very important man was preparing to go to a country far away to be made a king. Then the man planned to return home and rule his people. 13So he called ten of his servants together. He gave a bag of money to each servant. The man said, 'Do business with this money until I come back.’ 14But the people in the kingdom hated the man. So the people sent a group to follow the man to the other country. In the other country, this group said, 'We don’t want that man to be our king!’ 15”But the man became king. When he came home, he said, 'Call those servants that have my money. I want to know how much more money they earned with it.’ 16The first servant came and said, 'Sir, I earned ten bags of money with the one bag you gave me!’ 17The king said to the servant, 'Fine! You are a good servant. I see that I can trust you with small things. So now I will let you rule over ten of my cities!’ 18The second servant said, 'Sir, with your one bag of money I earned five bags!’ 19The king said to this servant, 'You can rule over five cities!’ 20Then another servant came in. The servant said to the king, 'Sir, here is your bag of money. I wrapped it in a piece of cloth and hid it. 21I was afraid of you because you are a hard man. You even take money that you didn’t earn and gather food that you didn’t grow!’ 22Then the king said to the servant, 'You bad servant! I will use your own words to condemn you. You said that I am a hard man. You said that I even take money that I didn’t earn and gather food that I didn’t grow. 23If that is true, you should have put my money in the bank. Then, when I came back, my money would have earned some interest.’ 24Then the king said to the men that were watching, 'Take the bag of money away from this servant and give it to the servant that earned ten bags of money.’ 25The men said to the king, 'But sir, that servant already has ten bags of money!’ 26The king said, 'The person that uses what he has will get more. But the person that does not use what he has will have everything taken away from him. 27Now where are my enemies? Where are the people that did not want me to be king? Bring my enemies here and kill them. I will watch them die!’” 28After Jesus said these things, he continued traveling toward Jerusalem. 29Jesus came near Bethphage and Bethany, towns near the hill called the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two of his followers. 30He said, “Go into the town you can see there. When you enter the town, you will find a young donkey tied there. No person has ever ridden this donkey. Untie the donkey, and bring it here to me. 31If any person asks you why you are taking the donkey, you should say, 'The Master needs this donkey.’” 32The two followers went into town. They found the donkey exactly like Jesus told them. 33The followers untied the donkey. But the owners of the donkey came out. They said to the followers, “Why are you untying our donkey?” 34The followers answered, “The Master needs it.” 35So the followers brought the donkey to Jesus. The followers put their coats on the donkey’s back. Then they put Jesus on the donkey. 36Jesus rode along the road toward Jerusalem. The followers spread their coats on the road before Jesus. 37Jesus was coming close to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of the Mount of Olives. The whole group of followers were happy. They were very excited and praised God. They thanked God for all the powerful things they had seen. 38They said, “'Welcome! God bless the king that comes in the name of the Lord.’ Peace in heaven and glory to God!” 39Some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell your followers not to say these things!” 40But Jesus answered, “I tell you, these things must be said. If my followers don’t say these things, then these rocks will say them.” 41Jesus came near Jerusalem. He saw the city and began to cry for it. 42Jesus spoke to Jerusalem. He said, “I wish you knew today what would bring you peace! But you can’t know it, because it is hidden from you. 43A time is coming when your enemies will build a wall around you. Your enemies will hold you on all sides. 44They will destroy you and all your people. Not one stone of your buildings will stay on top of another. All this will happen because you did not know the time when God came to save you.” 45Jesus went into the temple area. He began to throw out the people that were selling things there. 46Jesus said, “It is written ˻in the Scriptures˼, 'My house will be a house of prayer.’ But you have changed it into a 'hiding place for thieves.’” 47Jesus taught the people in the temple area every day. The leading priests, the teachers of the law, and some of the leaders of the people wanted to kill Jesus. 48But all the people were listening closely to Jesus. They were very interested in the things Jesus said. So the leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the leaders did not know how they could kill Jesus. )

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