John 2:16
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New International Version
To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a market!"

New Living Translation
Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, "Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father's house into a marketplace!"

English Standard Version
And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”

New American Standard Bible
and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a place of business."

King James Bible
And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He told those who were selling doves, "Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father's house into a marketplace!"

International Standard Version
Then he told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!"

NET Bible
To those who sold the doves he said, "Take these things away from here! Do not make my Father's house a marketplace!"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And to those who had been selling doves he said: “Take these things out of here, and do not make my Father's house a house of trade.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He told those who sold pigeons, "Pick up this stuff, and get it out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!"

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said unto those that sold the doves, Take these things away from here; do not make my Father's house a house of merchandise.

King James 2000 Bible
And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things away; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.

American King James Version
And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

American Standard Version
and to them that sold the doves he said, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And to them that sold doves he said: Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic.

Darby Bible Translation
and said to the sellers of doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.

English Revised Version
and to them that sold the doves he said, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.

Webster's Bible Translation
And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence: make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.

Weymouth New Testament
And to the pigeon-dealers He said, "Take these things away. Do not turn my Father's house into a market."

World English Bible
To those who sold the doves, he said, "Take these things out of here! Don't make my Father's house a marketplace!"

Young's Literal Translation
and to those selling the doves he said, 'Take these things hence; make not the house of my Father a house of merchandise.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:12-22 The first public work in which we find Christ engaged, was driving from the temple the traders whom the covetous priests and rulers encouraged to make a market-place of its courts. Those now make God's house a house of merchandise, whose minds are filled with cares about worldly business when attending religious exercises, or who perform Divine offices for love of gain. Christ, having thus cleansed the temple, gave a sign to those who demanded it, to prove his authority for so doing. He foretells his death by the Jews' malice, Destroy ye this temple; I will permit you to destroy it. He foretells his resurrection by his own power; In three days I will raise it up. Christ took again his own life. Men mistake by understanding that according to the letter, which the Scripture speaks by way of figure. When Jesus was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered he has said this. It helps much in understanding the Divine word, to observe the fulfilling of the Scriptures.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - And he said to those that sold the doves. The vendors of tethered or caged birds were as guilty of profanation as the rest. Some sentimental comments have gathered round this verse, as though the Lord were more tender in his treatment of the turtle doves than in that of the oxen or sheep. But there would be no meaning in such a distinction. No other way of scattering the doves was so simple as to command their removal. At "the Ammergan Passion play," the doves are let loose, fly away over the heads of the audience, and disappear. The lifting of the scourge, accompanied, doubtless, with words of solemn warning and command, said in effect what he now put into words. Take these things hence. Make not the house of my Father a house of merchandise. In this act our Lord simply assumed the role of any and every Hebrew prophet. The Talmud enjoins the sanctity for which the Saviour pleads. He called the temple "my Father's house" (cf. Luke 2:49), and therefore claims especially to be the Son of God Most High. The Eternal, the Holy One of Israel, stands in this mysterious relationship to him. He does not say, "our Father's house." When, however, alter the second cleansing of the temple, he spake of the temple, from which he finally withdrew (Matthew 23:38), he called it by no other name than "your house," "left unto you desolate." Moreover, on that subsequent occasion, he used, in place of "house of merchandise," the bitter description, "den of robbers" (Matthew 21:13). This first act was reformatory of a gross abuse; the latter was judicial and condemnatory (see Hengstenberg, 'Christology' and 'Comm.,' Zechariah 14:21; Zephaniah 1:11; Malachi 3:1). Archdeacon Watkins has wisely called attention to the contrast between this scene and sign and that given at Cana. Here we see how true it was that his hour had not yet come.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And said unto them that sold doves,.... For as these were kept in coups, or cages, they could not be drove, as the sheep and oxen, nor could they be let out, and fly, without the loss of the owners: and therefore Christ said to them,

take these things hence; not only the doves, but the pens, coups, or cages, in which they were, and both together:

make not my Father's house an house of merchandise; so he calls the temple, which was built as an house for God, and where he took up his residence; where were the symbols of his presence; where his worship was kept, and sacrifices offered to him: and he asserts God, whose house this was, to be his Father, and himself to be his son, as none of the prophets that went before him did; and in such sense as neither men nor angels are; and which carries in it a reason why he was so much concerned for the honour of God, and so much resented the profanation of his house, because he was his Father. A like action with this, done by Christ at another time, is recorded in Matthew 21:12. This was at the beginning of his ministry, that at the close of it, in which he expressed himself with more warmth and severity than here: here he only charges them with making his Father's house an house of merchandise, but there with making it a den of thieves; since they had not only slighted, and despised his first reproof, but had returned to their evil ways, and might grow more wicked and audacious. This instance of Christ now coming into the temple as a public minister, and which was the first time of his entrance into it, after he had taken this character, was a further accomplishment of Malachi 3:1, for he now went into it, as the Lord and proprietor of it; and which this action of his in driving out the merchants, with their cattle, shows; and was a surprising instance of his divine power; and is equal to other miracles of his, that a single person, a stranger, one of no power and authority in the government, unassisted and unarmed, with only a scourge of small cords, should carry such awe and majesty with him, and inject such terror into, and drive such a number of men before him, who were selling things for religious uses, and were supported in it by the priests and sanhedrim of the nation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. my Father's house—How close the resemblance of these remarkable words to Lu 2:49; the same consciousness of intrinsic relation to the temple—as the seat of His Father's most august worship, and so the symbol of all that is due to Him on earth—dictating both speeches. Only, when but a youth, with no authority, He was simply "a Son in His own house"; now He was "a Son over His own house" (Heb 3:6), the proper Representative, and in flesh "the Heir," of his Father's rights.

house of merchandise—There was nothing wrong in the merchandise; but to bring it, for their own and others' convenience, into that most sacred place, was a high-handed profanation which the eye of Jesus could not endure.

John 2:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
15And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a place of business." 17His disciples remembered that it was written, "ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME."…
Cross References
Matthew 21:12
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.

Matthew 22:5
"But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business.

Luke 2:49
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"

John 2:15
So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
Treasury of Scripture

And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

make.

Isaiah 56:5-11 Even to them will I give in my house and within my walls a place …

Jeremiah 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers …

Hosea 12:7,8 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress…

Matthew 21:13 And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house …

Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying to them, Is it not written, My house shall …

Acts 19:24-27 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver …

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the …

2 Peter 2:3,14,15 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

my.

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father works till now, and I work.

John 8:49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honor my Father, and you …

John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is …

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my …

Luke 2:49 And he said to them, How is it that you sought me? knew you not that …

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