21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

Other Translations of John 2:21

King James Version

21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

English Standard Version

21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body.

The Message

21 But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple.

New King James Version

21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

New Living Translation

21 But when Jesus said "this temple," he meant his own body.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on John 2:21

Commentary on John 2:12-22

(Read John 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.