Yeshua prepares to enter Jerusalem – “Hosanna to the son of David” – Pontius Pilate watches from the fortress – Chief priests watch from the temple – A priest cautions Yeshua about the Romans – The murder of Lazarus – Yeshua weeps at the death of Lazarus – Yeshua prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem – Yeshua sets hard his soul unto death
1 When the first day of the week was come, the Lord desired that he should go unto Jerusalem, and he called forth two disciples and sent them unto Bethphage which lay near unto Bethany on the Mount of Olives, saying:
2 “Go you into the village and you shall straightway see an ass which is tied to a well, and beside her also a colt fresh and comely;
3 And when you have found them, loose them both and bring them here unto me.
4 And if any man should ask of you concerning this thing, then shall you say unto him: ‘The Lord Yeshua has need of these’, and he shall at once give them unto you for my sake.”
5 Now when the ass was brought unto Yeshua, the disciples placed their robes upon it, and the Lord sat upon the beast and rode forth unto Jerusalem.
6 And there gathered round about the Lord a great and exceeding multitude which went before and followed after him, spreading their robes before him, and cutting from the palms branches which they laid upon the way.
7 And the multitudes sang aloud, saying: “Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is he which comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest and unto the king forever, Amen.”
8 And when the Lord was come unto Jerusalem, all the city rose up to meet him, dancing and praising the Lord because of the things which he had done.
9 And when the Romans heard the shouts of the people, they came out to see also; and there stood upon the walls of the Fortress Pontius Pilate and Galerius.
10 And Pilate, hearing the shouts of the people asked concerning it, for he understood not the tongue of the Jews.
11 And one of his servants said: “My lord, the people say that this Yeshua is a king appointed by God to rule over the people.”
12 Now when Pilate heard this, he was greatly troubled because of it, for he feared that the Jews would rise up against Rome because of the Galilean.
13 And on the walls of the temple there stood many which were of the chief priests and elders; for the shouts of Hosanna had become as a great tumult.
14 And Nicodemus, turning to his brethren, said: “Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem:
15 For, behold, your king is come unto you, riding upon an ass, and the foal of an ass.”
16 Now when the chief priests and elders beheld the city and how that even the children would sing before the temple unto the Lord, saying: “Hosanna to the son of David”, they were sorely displeased.
17 And one of the priests which had drawn near unto the Lord, said: “Master, can you not hear what they are saying? Rebuke them, therefore, lest the Romans come out to destroy us.”
18 But the Lord answered him, saying: “I tell you truly, that if these should hold their peace, then would the very stones of the temple cry out immediately for my sake.”
19 Now when the sixth hour of the day was come, the Lord returned unto Bethany, unto the Mount of Olives, and there taught the people.
20 And when it was eventide, he sent the people away again unto their own homes whereby they might rest themselves.
21 But Lazarus, as he was going unto Jerusalem to feast, there fell upon him certain of the Sicarii, and they killed him and did strip him of all his clothing, and they hung him from the walls of the city.
22 And all which passed by, when they saw it, spoke, saying: “Is this not the man which the Master raised from the dead?”
23 And many which followed after the Lord, withdrew themselves from him, lest they also be killed, for they began to fear for their lives.
24 And the disciples, when it was morning, brought unto Yeshua the robes of Lazarus, covered with blood; and when the Lord saw what had been done unto him, he groaned in his soul, and lifting his eyes unto Jerusalem, he spoke, saying:
25 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you which killed the prophets, and which would stone unto death the one which God has sent unto you;
26 How often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen would gather her chicks beneath her wings, but you would not!
27 Behold, how you are left desolate and all your house scattered abroad: I tell you truly, you shall not see me again until you receive me with gladness, singing: ‘Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.’
28 For if you had known in this your day, the things which belong unto your peace, then would you have repented in sackcloth and ashes; but now are they hid from you.
29 For the days shall come upon you when your enemies shall cast a trench round about you, and encompass you and hem you in on every side.
30 And they shall lay siege against you and shall lay you even with the earth, and all your children shall they carry away to scatter among the nations; and they shall weep and lament because of you.
31 And they which gather about you shall purge your walls with fire, and famine shall become as a scourge unto you;
32 For the man shall fall upon the woman to devour her, and the mother shall kill the child to consume it unto herself.
33 For the eagles shall gather from afar to feed upon you, and they shall not leave so much as one stone to rest upon another till they find even all of you, to pluck you out of the land of your inheritance;
34 And this because you knew not the time of your own visitation, being stiffnecked and overproud, having ears made dull of hearing.”
35 When the Lord had said these things, behold, he wept for all the city, and would not be comforted.
36 And rising from his place, he did break in pieces the staff of his hand, and setting his face unto Jerusalem, he set hard his soul unto death.