Matthew 21:8

“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)

Other Translations

And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way, others cut downe branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the most part of the multitude spread their garments in the way; and others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the way.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And all the people put their clothing down in the way; and others got branches from the trees, and put them down in the way.
- Basic English Bible

But a very great crowd strewed their own garments on the way, and others kept cutting down branches from the trees and strewing them on the way.
- Darby Bible

And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way.
- Webster's Bible

and most of the crowd kept spreading their garments along the road, while others cut branches from the trees and carpeted the road with them,
- Weymouth Bible

A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut branches from the trees, and spread them on the road.
- World English Bible

And ful myche puple strewiden her clothis in the weie; othere kittiden braunchis of trees, and strewiden in the weie.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the very great multitude spread their own garments in the way, and others were cutting branches from the trees, and were strewing in the way,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 21:8


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|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 21:8


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.

Discussion for Matthew 21

  • A disciple
    Pam; The reason for repentance from dead works, is to serve the LORD by good works and bear good fruit unto God! If you read the story of the beginning you will see that the human species was alienated and made unfit for God because of sin. So God announced Christ must come to undo the works of the devil and reconcile us to God. If we don't produce good fruit we will be cut down as worthless!
  • Pam barnwell
    It's the blood that's merits. us into heaven, we cannot live good enough, good morel people still has to be saved by the blood of Christ. If we could get there on works, we would still be under law and Christ wouldn't had to die.
  • A disciple
    Lou; are you saying then, that we should just dismiss everything the LORD said about being wise and doing what He says? And what about ALL the writings of the Apostles and Prophets, who spoke in the Name of the LORD, condemning the wicked for NOT keeping God's commandments? Do you think God is afraid that we might think we can save ourselves if we obey Him? "IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS."
  • A disciple
    Lou; Shouldn't your faith be seen in a real conversion and new course in life; and the effect of His saving grace be reflected in your new manner of life? Jesus said many, many times; that if we didn't DO whatsoever He says, and we don't bear fruit; that we would be cut off and die, and NOT be permitted to enter into His kingdom. We keep His commandments and do what He says because we love Him!
  • Lou
    Ricky, and Disciple, you have understanding. There is one thing required for salvation, as stated in John 3:16. We should dismiss any idea that our actions have any part in our salvation, nothing we do is good enough that it should add to what Jesus did. We cannot "help" Christ to save us, we are capable of believing, and the Word builds up our believing (faith)...Jesus is The Living Word of God.
  • A disciple
    Hi Ricky; You just said it perfectly! What about the thief on the cross? He knew that his own punishment was just, but that Jesus had done nothing wrong. He believed that Jesus was the Saviour and the King regardless of what evil men had done to Him. He asked the Lord to remember him when He comes into His kingdom. Faith and asking for mercy was all he had; and so the Lord received him completely!

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