The Cleansing of the Temple

12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple , and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves . 13 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 ." 14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple , and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done , and the children who were shouting in the temple , "Hosanna to the Son of David ," they became indignant 16 and said to Him, "Do You hear what these children are saying ?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes ; have you never read , ' OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF'?" 17 And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany , and spent the night there .

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 21:12-17

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!