Luke 19

1 Jesus and his disciples entered Jericho and were going through the [city]. 2 There was a man [there] named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, who was rich. 3 He tried to see Jesus, but he was very short, and there was a big crowd of people [near Jesus]. So he was not able to see him. 4 So he ran further ahead [along the road] that Jesus was walking on. He climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Jesus. 5 When Jesus got there, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because [God wants] me to go [with you(sg)] to your house and stay there [tonight]”! 6 So he came down quickly. [He took Jesus to his house] and welcomed him joyfully. 7 The people [who saw Jesus go there] grumbled saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner!” 8 Then Zacchaeus stood up [while they were eating] and said to the Lord [Jesus], “Lord, I want you [(sg)] to know that I am going to give half of what I own to poor people. And as for the people whom I have cheated, I will pay them back four times the amount [I have gotten from them by cheating].” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today [God] has forgiven [PRS] [you and the other people in] [MTY] this house, because you [(sg)] also [have shown that you have trusted in God as] your ancestor Abraham [did]. 10 Remember this: [I], the one who came from heaven, came to seek and save [people like you(sg)] who have [gone astray from God, just like a shepherd who searches for his] lost [sheep].” 11 They were coming near to Jerusalem, and the people who were [going with Jesus] who heard him say these things thought that as soon as [he got to Jerusalem] he would become their king. 12 [So] he told them this parable: “A prince prepared to go to a distant country in order that [the Emperor] would make him a king. [He intended] to return later. 13 [Before he left], he summoned ten of his servants. He gave each of them a coin worth three months’ wages. He said to them, ‘Do business with these coins until I return!’ [Then he left]. 14 But [many of] his fellow-citizens hated him. So after he left they sent some messengers to tell [the Emperor], ‘We [(exc)] do not want this man to be our king!’ 15 But [the Emperor] made him king anyway. [Later] the [new king] returned. Then he commanded that the servants to whom he had given the coins should be summoned {that someone should summon the servants to whom he had given the coins}. He wanted to know how much they had gained by doing business with the coins. 16 The first man came [to him] and said, ‘Sir, with your one coin [I] have earned ten more [coins]!’ 17 He said to this man, ‘[You are a] good servant! [You have] done [very] well! Because you have [handled] faithfully a small amount [of money, I will give you] authority [to rule] ten cities.’ 18 Then the second servant came and said, ‘Sir, with your one coin [I] have earned five more [coins]!’ 19 He said to that servant similarly, ‘[Good! I will give you authority to rule] five cities.’ 20 Then another servant came. He said, ‘Sir, here is your coin. I wrapped it in a napkin and put it away, [so that nothing would happen to it]. 21 I did that [because] I was afraid [of what you would do to me if the business failed. I know] you are a man who does not do foolish things with your money. You [even] take [from others money] that does not really belong to you, [like a farmer who] harvests grain [from another man’s field] where he did not [even] do the planting.’ 22 The king said to that servant, ‘You wicked servant! I will condemn you by the very words [MTY] that you [have just now spoken]. (You know that I do not [do foolish things with my money]./Did you not know that I do not [do foolish things with my money]?) [RHQ] [You said] that I [even] take [from others money] that does not really [belong to me], [like a farmer who] harvests grain [from another man’s field] where he did not [even] do the planting. 23 So (you should at least have given my money to money lenders!/why did you not [at least] give my money to bankers?) [RHQ] Then [when I returned] I could have collected that amount plus the interest [it would have earned]!’ 24 Then [the king] said to those who were standing near, ‘Take the coin from him and give it to [the servant] who has ten coins!’ 25 They protested, ‘But Sir, he already has ten [coins]!’ 26 [But the king said], ‘I tell you this: To the people who [use well what] they have [received], more will be given {[I] will give more}. But from the people who [do] not [use well what they have received], even what they [already] have will be taken away {[I] will take away even what they already have}. 27 Now, [as for] those enemies of mine who did not want me to rule over them, bring them here and execute them while I am watching!’” 28 After [Jesus] said those things, he [continued on the road] up to Jerusalem, going ahead of his disciples. 29 When they got near Bethphage and Bethany [villages], near the hill that is called {that they call} Olive [Tree] Hill, 30 he said to two of [his] disciples, “Go to the village just ahead [of you]. As you [two] enter [it], you will see a young animal that no one has ever ridden, that has been {someone has} tied up. Untie it and bring it [to me]. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say [to him], ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 [So] the [two disciples] went [to the village] and found the [animal], just like he had told them. 33 As they were untying it, its owners said to them, “Why are you two untying that young animal?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” [So the owners said that they could take it]. 35 The [two disciples] brought [the animal] to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the animal’s back [for him to sit on] and helped Jesus get on it. 36 Then as he rode along, [others] spread their cloaks on the road [to honor him]. 37 As they came near [to Jerusalem], on the road that descends from Olive [Tree] Hill, the whole crowd of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God loudly for all the great miracles that they had seen [Jesus do]. 38 They were saying things like, “May the Lord [God] bless our king who comes representing [MTY] him!” “May there be peace [between God] in heaven [and us his people]!” “May [everyone] praise God!” 39 Some of the Pharisees who were in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples [for saying things like that]!” 40 He replied, “I tell you this: If these people would be silent, the stones themselves would shout [to praise me]!” 41 When [Jesus] came near [to] Jerusalem and saw the city, he cried about [its people]. 42 He said, “[My disciples know what they need to do] to have peace [with God]; I wish that even today [the rest of] you people knew it. But now you are unable to know [MTY] it. 43 I want you to know this: Soon [your enemies] will come and will set up a barricade around your [city]. They will surround [the city] and attack [it] on all sides. 44 They will [break through] the walls [and] destroy everything. They will smash you and your people/children. [When they finish destroying everything], there will not be one stone left on top of another. [All this will happen] because you did not recognize the time when God sent his [Messiah] to [save] you!” 45 [Jesus entered Jerusalem and] went into the Temple [courtyard]. He saw the people who were selling [things there], 46 and he began to chase them out. He said to them, “It has been written {[A prophet] wrote} [in the Scriptures that God said], ‘[I want] my house to be a place where people pray’; but you bandits have made it a cave where you can [hide]!” 47 Each day [during that week Jesus] was teaching people in the Temple [courtyard]. The chief priests and the men who taught the [Jewish] laws and [other Jewish] leaders tried to find a way to kill him. 48 But they did not find any way to do it, because all the people there listened eagerly to him [and would have resisted them if they had tried to hurt him].