Matthew 21:13
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New International Version
"It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it 'a den of robbers.'"

New Living Translation
He said to them, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be called a house of prayer,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves!"

English Standard Version
He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

Berean Study Bible
And He declared to them, "It is written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer.' But you are making it 'a den of robbers.'"

Berean Literal Bible
And He says to them, "It has been written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer.' But you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"

New American Standard Bible
And He said to them, "It is written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER'; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN."

King James Bible
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And He said to them, "It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer. But you are making it a den of thieves!"

International Standard Version
He told them, "It is written, 'My house is to be called a house of prayer,' but you are turning it into a hideout for bandits!"

NET Bible
And he said to them, "It is written, 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are turning it into a den of robbers!"

New Heart English Bible
He said to them, "It is written, 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of robbers."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to them, “It is written: 'My house will be called the House of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He told them, "Scripture says, 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you're turning it into a gathering place for thieves!"

New American Standard 1977
And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

King James 2000 Bible
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.

American King James Version
And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.

American Standard Version
and he saith unto them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer: but ye make it a den of robbers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he saith to them: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.

Darby Bible Translation
And he says to them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of robbers.

English Revised Version
and he saith unto them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer: but ye make it a den of robbers.

Webster's Bible Translation
And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Weymouth New Testament
"It is written," He said, "'My House shall be called the House of Prayer', but you are making it a robbers' cave."

World English Bible
He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of robbers!"

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith to them, 'It hath been written, My house a house of prayer shall be called, but ye did make it a den of robbers.'
Study Bible
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
12Then Jesus went into the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves. 13And He declared to them, “It is written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” 14The blind and the lame came to Him at the temple, and He healed them.…
Cross References
Isaiah 56:7
Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples."

Jeremiah 7:11
"Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it," declares the LORD.

Mark 11:17
Then He began to teach them and declare, "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"

Luke 19:45
Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling there.

Luke 19:46
He declared to them, "It is written: 'My house will be a house of prayer.' But you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"
Treasury of Scripture

And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.

It is.

Matthew 2:5 And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written …

John 15:25 But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is …

My.

Psalm 93:5 Your testimonies are very sure: holiness becomes your house, O LORD, for ever.

Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful …

ye.

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

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

Luke 19:46 Saying to them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but …

(13) It is written.--The words which our Lord quotes are a free combination of two prophetic utterances: one from Isaiah's vision of the future glory of the Temple, as visited both by Jew and Gentile (Isaiah 56:7); one from Jeremiah's condemnation of evils like in nature, if not in form, to those against which our Lord protested (Jeremiah 7:11).

A den of thieves.--The pictorial vividness of the words must not be passed over. Palestine was then swarming with bands of outlaw brigands, who, as David of old in Adullam (1Samuel 22:1), haunted the lime-stone caverns of Juda. The wranglings of such a company over the booty they had carried off were reproduced in the Temple, and mingled with the Hallelujahs of the Levites and the Hosannas of the crowds. We ask, as we read the narrative, how it was that the work of expulsion was done so effectively, and with so little resistance. The answer is found (1) in the personal greatness and intensity of will that showed itself in our Lord's look and word and tone; (2) in the presence of the crowd that had followed Him from the Mount of Olives, and had probably filled the courts of the Temple; and (3) in the secret consciousness of the offenders that they were desecrating the Temple, and that the Prophet of Nazareth, in His zeal for His Father's house, was the witness of a divine truth.

Verse 13. - It is written. Jesus confirms his action by the word of Scripture. He combines in one severe sentence a passage from Isaiah 56:7 ("Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all peoples"), and one from Jeremiah 7:11 ("Is this house, which is called by my Name, become a den of robbers in your eyes?"). He brings out in strong contrast the high design and use of the house of God (an allusion specially appropriate at the coming festival), and the vile and profane purposes to which the greed and impiety of men had subjected it. Ye have made it; Revised Version, ye make it; and so many modern editors on good manuscript authority. These base traffickers had turned the hallowed courts into a cavern where robbers stored their ill-gotten plunder. It may also be said that to make the place of prayer for all the nations a market for boasts was a robbery of the rights of the Gentiles (Lange). And Christ here vindicated the sanctity of the house of God: the Lord, according to the prophecy of Malachi (Malachi 3:1-3), had suddenly come to his temple to refine and purify, to show that none can profane what is dedicated to the service of God without most certain loss and punishment. And said unto them, it is written,.... In Isaiah 56:7.

My house shall be called the house of prayer. These are the, words of God, calling the temple his house, which was built according to the plan he gave; and was the place of his worship, and where he dwelt, and vouchsafed his presence to his people; and signifying, that in time to come, it should be an house of prayer; not for the Jews only, but for the Gentiles also: "for all people", as it is expressed by the prophet, and cited by Mark; and particularly this part of it, in which were the money changers and sellers of doves; for that was the court of the Gentiles, where they were admitted to pray, and perform other parts of worship. These words are rightly applied by Christ to the temple; nor can the Jews themselves deny it; for their own Targum paraphrases it thus, , "the house of my sanctuary shall be called an house of prayer"; or shall be one; for the meaning is not that it should go by such a name, but should be for such use, and not for buying and selling, and merchandise, to which use the Jews now put it: hence it follows,

but ye have made it a den of thieves. These are the words of Christ, affirming what is complained of in Jeremiah 7:11 and applying it to the present case, on account of the wicked merchandise, unlawful gain, avarice and extortion, of the priests and other officers of the temple, who had a considerable share in these things; and to whom the temple was, and by them used, as a den is to and by thieves and robbers, where they shelter themselves; for these persons robbed both God and man, and the temple was a sanctuary to them: here they screened themselves, and, under the appearance of religion and devotion, devoured widows' houses, plundered persons of their substance, and were full of extortion and excess. 21:12-17 Christ found some of the courts of the temple turned into a market for cattle and things used in the sacrifices, and partly occupied by the money-changers. Our Lord drove them from the place, as he had done at his entering upon his ministry, Joh 2:13-17. His works testified of him more than the hosannas; and his healing in the temple was the fulfilling the promise, that the glory of the latter house should be greater than the glory of the former. If Christ came now into many parts of his visible church, how many secret evils he would discover and cleanse! And how many things daily practised under the cloak of religion, would he show to be more suitable to a den of thieves than to a house of prayer!
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