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Luke 19:30 (ESV)

saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.

Matthew 21:2 (ESV)

saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.

This seems like it contradicts, which did Jesus say, both or just one statement?

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    This is a different question than the supposed duplicate which asks "why" Matthew doubles things (people and animals). Commented Apr 26 at 13:32
  • I agree that it's not a duplicate and should be reopened
    – Dong Li
    Commented Apr 26 at 15:07
  • Luke was not a first person witness to the life and ministry of Jesus, some of the stories he wrote like the genealogy of Jesus are widely contested. Mathew unlike him was a first person witness and was called by Jesus himself.
    – Dong Li
    Commented Apr 26 at 15:10
  • And yet the answer below is basically identical to the answers to the other question.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Apr 26 at 22:49

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Short Answer: Jesus likely asked for both

This story is found in 3 of the gospels:

Matthew 21:2,7 NKJV

2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

Mark 11:2,7 NKJV

2 and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.

Luke 19:30,35 New King James Version

30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.


This difference in detail has led to some debate.

The rule of thumb is, it's true until proven false.

So, if Jesus asked for both, why is there a difference?

One explanation is that they focus on different aspects of the event.

  • Matthew's gospel might be focusing on the fulfillment of prophecy. On the other hand, Mark and Luke's Gospel may have focused on the immediacy of finding 'the colt', which is the specific animal Jesus intended to ride into Jerusalem.

Zechariah 9:9 NKJV

9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

This prophecy specifically mentions both donkey and a colt.

It's important to note, neither Mark or Luke deny the presence of the donkey.

For example, suppose you had three friends—Alice, Sarah, and Michael—visit your home. The next day at work, you mentioned that Alice had been at your home. Would this be considered a lie because you didn't mention Sarah and Michael? No, it wouldn't be.

Since the colt was the animal Jesus was to ride in to Jerusalem on, it makes sense that Mark and Luke only mention the colt. In other words, it was the important part.

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  • Zechariah 9:9 mentions a single animal, this is a common feature of Hebrew and is employed elsewhere in the Bible. No one thinks Joseph was referring to different groups of cattle in Genesis 49:11 Commented May 30 at 14:21
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There seems to be some confusion did Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on a colt, donkey or both, because colt and donkey are continuously mentioned.

Having looked at all the available evidence it would make no sense that Jesus would ride both animals one after the other and obviously not at the same time. There also appears to be a contradiction as to what happened when Jesus arrived hence, I mention Matthew 21 in more detail as this appears to be in conflict with other passages.

From the evidence it would appear that Jesus rode on a donkey and the NT writers have confused the matter / prophecy of the OT as the OT appears to relate to more than one person.

John 12:14

"And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written," (John 12:14)

[this appears to contradict other passages – Jesus asking others to bring him a donkey or colt]

Matthew 21:

2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.

7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” 12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

14 And those who were blind and those who limped came to Him in the temple area, and He healed them.

15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant

Mark 11:

2 and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it.

7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.

11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

[no mention of crowds or healing or turning the tables, appears to be a very quiet event]

Luke 19:

30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.

35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.

41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,

42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,

[42 would imply things are hidden – but how can that be when Jesus entered to guide]

What was the OT prophecy

Matthew 21:4

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

John 12:14

“…………as it is written,"

John 12:16

“……. these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.

Zechariah 9:9

9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem, and the bow of war will be broken. Then He will proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion will extend from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.

Possibly Isaiah 21:7

"And he saw a chariot [with] a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, [and] a chariot of camels .."

[Jesus would be the person on the ass, chariot probably came before and a possibility the rider on the camel to come – most would argue that this relates to the Babylon fall]

Conclusion

Zechariah 9:9 is not very clear as clearly a colt and a donkey are not one animal and there appears to be some copying in the NT, hence the continuous confusion.

There appears to be some conflict with not only what animal or how many Jesus rode, who brought the animals and what happened once he reached Jerusalem, as Mark is in conflict with the others. The usual weak argument will be raised if some information is left out by a writer it doesnt imply a contradiction.

Jesus had no dominion or connection to the Euphrates as mentioned in Zechariah 9:9, so some could argue that this prophecy relates to someone else or a different event.

Most likely that Zechariah 9:9 does relate to Jesus, but the writers are confused as the OT was written hundreds if not thousands of years after the events and apart from Paul's letters who really knows who wrote the NT and when. The NT writers likely copied Zechariah 9:9 or other sources available, much later after Jesus, as its unlikely the disciples were the writers of the NT.

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