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.'"
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.
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.
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.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My house shall be called the house of prayer - This is taken from Isaiah 56:7.
But ye have made it a den of thieves - This is taken from Jeremiah 7:11.
Our Lord alludes here to those dens and caves in Judea, in which the public robbers either hid or kept themselves fortified.
They who are placed in the Church of Christ to serve souls, and do it not, and they who enjoy the revenues of the Church, and neglect the service of it, are thieves and robbers in more senses than one.
Our Lord is represented here as purifying his temple; and this we may judge he did in reference to his true temple, the Church, to show that nothing that was worldly or unholy should have any place among his followers, or in that heart in which he should condescend to dwell. It is marvellous that these interested, vile men did not raise a mob against him: but it is probable they were overawed by the Divine power, or, seeing the multitudes on the side of Christ, they were afraid to molest him. I knew a case something similar to this, which did not succeed so well. A very pious clergyman of my acquaintance, observing a woman keeping a public standing to sell nuts, gingerbread, etc., at the very porch of his Church, on the Lord's day, "desired her to remove thence, and not defile the house of God, while she profaned the Sabbath of the Lord." She paid no attention to him. He warned her the next Sabbath, but still to no purpose. Going in one Lord's day to preach, and finding her still in the very entrance, with her stall, he overthrew the stall, and scattered the stuff into the street. He was shortly after summoned to appear before the royal court, which, to its eternal reproach, condemned the action, and fined the man of God in a considerable sum of money!
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these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy 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 nations."
Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.
And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"
When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling.
"It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"
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