“And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.”
King James Version (KJV)
21:8 A great multitude spread their garments in the way - A custom which was usual at the creation of a king, #2Kings 9:13|.
Mt 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments. Vast multitudes were gathered at Jerusalem at the Passover. The Law required the assembling of the Jewish nation. Josephus says that several millions were wont to gather. Among these were thousands of Galileans who had heard of Jesus, seen his miracles, and believed in him as their Messiah King. When the people of Bethlehem, during the war between Turkey and Egypt in 1836, sought the protection of the British consul, they "spread their garments in the way" of his horses, in order to do him honor. Cut down branches from the trees. John says that these were the branches of palm trees (Joh 12:13); rather, the wide, spreading, branch-like leaves of the palm tree, well fitted to form a soft, level carpet. The only branches of the palm tree are its leafy crown.