Matthew 21:13
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.

Christian Standard Bible
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!"

Contemporary English Version
He told them, "The Scriptures say, 'My house should be called a place of worship.' But you have turned it into a place where robbers hide."

Good News Translation
and said to them, "It is written in the Scriptures that God said, 'My Temple will be called a house of prayer.' But you are making it a hideout for 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 entered 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
I will bring them to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar, for My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations."

Jeremiah 7:11
Has this house, which bears My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Yes, I too 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 unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

John 15:25
But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

My.

Psalm 93:5
Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.

Isaiah 56:7
Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

ye.

Jeremiah 7:11
Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

Mark 11:17
And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Luke 19:46
Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.







Lexicon
And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

He declared
λέγει (legei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

to them,
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

“It is written:
Γέγραπται (Gegraptai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1125: A primary verb; to 'grave', especially to write; figuratively, to describe.

‘My
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

house
οἶκός (oikos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3624: A dwelling; by implication, a family.

will be called
κληθήσεται (klēthēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2564: (a) I call, summon, invite, (b) I call, name. Akin to the base of keleuo; to 'call'.

a house
οἶκος (oikos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3624: A dwelling; by implication, a family.

of prayer.’
προσευχῆς (proseuchēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4335: From proseuchomai; prayer; by implication, an oratory.

But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

are making
ποιεῖτε (poieite)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

it
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

‘a den
Σπήλαιον (Spēlaion)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4693: A cave, den, hideout. Neuter of a presumed derivative of speos; a cavern; by implication, a hiding-place or resort.

of robbers.’”
λῃστῶν (lēstōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3027: A robber, brigand, bandit. From leizomai; a brigand.
(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 Judaea. 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. 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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