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Luke 19 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)

19 Jesus came to the city of Jericho and was passing through it.

A man named Zacchaeus was there. He was the head tax collector, and he was a rich man.

He wanted to see who Jesus was but he could not see him because he was a short man and there were many people around him.

So he ran ahead and climbed into a tree to see Jesus, for he was coming that way.

When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up. He said, `Zacchaeus, come down right now. I must stay at your house today.'

So Zacchaeus came down right then. He was glad to have Jesus come in his house.

When all the people saw this, they did not like it. They said, `He has gone to visit a bad man.'

Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, `Look, Lord, I will give to the poor people half of all I have. And if I have cheated anyone, I will give him back four times as much as I took.'

Jesus said to him, `The head of this house has been saved today! He also is a son of Abraham.

10 The Son of Man came to look for and to save those who are lost.'

11 While they were listening to this, he started to tell them a story. He did so because they were near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God would begin right away.

12 So he said, `A man who belonged to a respected family went to a country far away. He went to get power to rule. Then he was going to come back.

13 Before he left, he called ten of his servants. He gave each of them some money. He said, "Go and trade with this money until I come back."

14 `His people hated him. They chose some men and sent them after him to tell the king, "We do not want this man to rule over us."

15 But he was given the power to rule and came back. Then he called the servants to whom he had given the money. He wanted to know how much money each one had made by trading.

16 The first one came to him and said, "Sir, your money has made ten times more money."

17 `The ruler said, "You have done well. You are a good servant. You will rule over ten cities because you have done well with a very small thing."

18 The second one came to him and said, "Sir, your money has made five times more money."

19 The ruler said, "You will rule over five cities."

20 `Then another servant came and said, "Sir, here is your money. I hid it in a cloth and kept it.

21 I was afraid of you. You are a hard man. You take in where you put nothing out. You gather where you did not plant."

22 `The ruler said "You bad servant! I will judge you by your own words. You knew that I was a hard man! You knew that I take in where I put nothing out. You knew that I gather where I did not plant.

23 Why did you not put my money in the bank? Then when you came home I would have had my money with interest."

24 `Some men were standing there. He said to them, "Take the money from him. Give it to the man who has ten times as much."

25 They said, "Sir, he has ten times as much already!"

26 The ruler said, "I tell you. Anyone who has some will get more. But he who does not have anything, even the little that he has will be taken away from him.

27 But where are those people who hate me and did not want me to rule over them? Bring them here and kill them right here in front of me." '

28 When Jesus had said this, he went on ahead of them towards Jerusalem.

29 He came near Bethphage and Bethany by the hill called the Mount of Olives. Then he sent two of his disciples ahead.

30 He said, `Go into the village in front of you. As soon as you go in, you will find an animal tied up. No one has ever sat on it. Untie it and bring it to me.

31 If anyone asks you, "Why are you untying it?" tell him, "The Lord needs it." '

32 They went and found it just as Jesus had said.

33 When they were untying the animal, the men who owned it asked them, `Why are you untying the animal?'

34 They said, `The Lord needs it.'

35 They brought it to Jesus and laid their coats on it. Then they put Jesus on it.

36 As he was riding along, people spread their coats on the road.

37 He came near the top of the hill called the Mount of Olives. Then all the people who believed in him began to be happy. They sang out loudly, and praised God in a loud voice for all the big works they had seen.

38 They said, `God bless the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven where God is praised!'

39 Some of the Pharisees who were among the people said to Jesus, `Teacher, tell your disciples to stop saying that.'

40 Jesus answered, `I tell you, if they do not speak like this the stones will call out.'

41 When Jesus came near, he saw the city. His heart was very sad and he cried.

42 He said, `I wish you knew today what things would give you peace! But now you do not see what they are.

43 The time will come when the people who hate you will put a wall all around you. They will shut you up and keep you in on every side.

44 They will break you down to the ground. They will kill the people within you. They will not leave one stone of your houses on top of another. That will happen because you did not know the time when God was ready to help you.'

45 Jesus went into the temple. He began to drive out the people who were buying and selling in the temple.

46 He said to them, `It is written, "My house shall be a place where people talk with God." But you have made it a place for people who steal!'

47 He taught in the temple every day. The chief priests, scribes and the leaders of the people wanted to kill him.

48 But they did not find any way they could do it. All the people stayed around to hear what Jesus said.

Luke 19 New International Version (NIV)

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’

14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’

20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

Jesus at the Temple

45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’[c]; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]

47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 19:13 A mina was about three months’ wages.
  2. Luke 19:38 Psalm 118:26
  3. Luke 19:46 Isaiah 56:7
  4. Luke 19:46 Jer. 7:11
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