Matthew 21:5

“Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Tell yee the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy king commeth vnto thee, meeke, and sitting vpon an Asse, and a colt, the foale of an Asse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, Meek, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt the foal of an ass.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Say to the daughter of Zion, See, your King comes to you, gentle and seated on an ass, and on a young ass.
- Basic English Bible

Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold thy King cometh to thee, meek, and mounted upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
- Darby Bible

Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
- Webster's Bible

"Tell the Daughter of Zion, `See, thy King is coming to thee, gentle, and yet mounted on an ass, even on a colt the foal of a beast of burden.'"
- Weymouth Bible

Tell the daughter of Zion, behold, your King comes to you, humble, and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
- World English Bible

thi kyng cometh to thee, meke, sittynge on an asse, and a fole of an asse vnder yok.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Lo, thy king doth come to thee, meek, and mounted on an ass, and a colt, a foal of a beast of burden.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 21:5


21:5 The daughter of Sion - That is, the inhabitants of Jerusalem: the first words of the passage are cited from #Isa 62:11|; the rest from #Zech 9:9|. The ancient Jewish doctors were wont to apply these prophecies to the Messiah. On an ass - The Prince of Peace did not take a horse, a warlike animal. But he will ride on that by and by, #Rev 19:11|. In the patriarchal ages, illustrious persons thought it no disgrace to make use of this animal: but it by no means appears, that this opinion prevailed, or this custom continued, till the reign of Tiberias. Was it a mean attitude wherein our Lord then appeared? Mean even to contempt! I grant it: I glory in it: it is for the comfort of my soul for the honour of his humility, and for the utter confusion of all worldly pomp and grandeur.


Discussion for Matthew 21

  • Irene123
    V.44 - we are to 'fall' on Jesus and be broken; we are to spiritually fall at an altar of repentance and our will be broken so His will (spirit) can live in us.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Jesus was winding down His mission on earth and He gave the people some tough lessons we today should learn. Two of these are: never desecrate the House of God and we should not "fall on this stone and be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder" We should lean on Christ and have broken and contrite heart. Failing which hell beckons.
  • Irene123
    Noel - This comes from O.T. prophecy; Jesus is reminding the people of it; Ps. 118:22; Acts 4:10-11; the one in Acts will clear it up for you.
  • Noel
    Please could you explain in simple terms what verse 42,43 and 44
  • Irene123
    Jesus increases our faith - as we USE it. We all (even when we were sinners) had faith - that the car would start, that the coffee pot would work, that our shoe laces wouldn't break ...............; this is the 'grain' of faith Jesus says will grow into a TREE that the birds can roost in - IF we will use it; faith as a grain of a mustard seed.
  • Seven Trumpets
    Mark 11:10 "Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest." Yeh-Ho-Shannah; I AM [is] Salvation; the people knew that this Jesus is the Son of God, the Anointed Saviour of the world. They knew also that His appearance means the restoration of the kingdom of David over Israel. What they didn't see, was the cross first! The truth cannot fail.

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