Luke 19:28-44 (NRSV)
28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 When he had
come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of
Olives, he sent two of the disciples,
30 saying, ‘Go
into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find
tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring
31 If anyone asks
you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this: “The
Lord needs it.” ’
32 So those who
were sent departed and found it as he had told them.
33 As they were
untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying
34 They said,
‘The Lord needs it.’
35 Then they brought
it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set
Jesus on it.
36 As he rode
along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.
37 As he was now
approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude
of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice
for all the deeds of power that they had seen,
38 saying, ‘Blessed
is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!’
39 Some of the
Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples
40 He answered,
‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout
41 As he came
near and saw the city, he wept over it,
42 saying, ‘If
you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make
for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43 Indeed, the
days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts
around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side.
44 They will crush
you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will
not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not
recognize the time of your visitation from God.’