And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;…
What He might have done! He might have said, "Well, this temple will one day, and that day not far distant, be thrown down. I shall not interfere with this abuse now, because in the natural order of things it will be overturned along with this structure." Jesus Christ did not know what it was to trifle so. I don't know that Jesus Christ knew the meaning of the word expediency, as we sometimes prostitute it. He saw wrong. If that wrong would in five minutes work itself out, that was no consideration to Him. Meanwhile, to Him five minutes was eternity!
(J. Parker, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;