13 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.
13 "It is written," he said to them, " 'My house will be called a house of prayer,'
13 He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers."
13 He quoted this text: My house was designated a house of prayer; You have made it a hangout for thieves.
13 And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.' "
13 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!"
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 21:13
Commentary on Matthew 21:12-17
(Read Matthew 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, John 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!