As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples, followed by a large crowd, there sat by the road a blind beggar, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus). When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he cried out, |Jesus, son of David, have pity on me!| Many reproved him, saying, |Keep still,| but he cried out the more, |Son of David, have pity on me!| Jesus stopped and said, |Call him.| So they called the blind man and said, |Have courage! Get up, he has sent for you.| Throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him, |What do you want me to do for you?| The blind man answered, |Master, let me receive my sight.| Then Jesus said to him, |Go your way, your faith has healed you.| And at once he received his sight, and followed Jesus along the road.
When Jesus and those with him were drawing near to Jerusalem and had reached Bethpage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples ahead, saying, |Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If any one asks you, 'Why are you doing that?' say, 'The Master needs it and will immediately send it back.'|
So they left him and found a colt tied, outside a door, on the street. As they untied it, some of the men standing there said, |What are you doing, untying the colt?| The disciples answered as Jesus had told them, and the men let them take it. When they had brought it to Jesus, they threw their cloaks upon it, and he mounted it. Many also spread their clothes on the road, while others strewed leafy branches cut from the fields; and people in front and behind kept shouting:
|God save him!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming Kingdom of our father David!
God on high, save him!|
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple. And when he had looked about, because it was already late in the day, he went out to Bethany with his twelve disciples.