John 2:14

“And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And found in the Temple those that sold oxen, and sheepe, and doues, and the changers of money, sitting.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated {at their tables.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And there in the Temple he saw men trading in oxen and sheep and doves, and he saw the changers of money in their seats:
- Basic English Bible

And he found in the temple the sellers of oxen and sheep and doves, and the money-changers sitting;
- Darby Bible

And found in the temple those that sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the changers of money, sitting:
- Webster's Bible

And He found in the Temple the dealers in cattle and sheep and in pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.
- Weymouth Bible

He found in the temple those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting.
- World English Bible

And he foond in the temple men sillynge oxun, and scheep, and culueris, and chaungeris sittynge.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he found in the temple those selling oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the money-changers sitting,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 2:14


2:14 Oxen, and sheep, and doves - Used for sacrifice: And the changers of money - Those who changed foreign money for that which was current at Jerusalem, for the convenience of them that came from distant countries.


People's Bible Notes for John 2:14


Joh 2:14 Found in the temple. In the Court of the Gentiles, which was within the temple walls. Those that sold oxen and sheep and doves. These were for the sacrifices. The great crowds who came to Jerusalem at this time could not bring victims, and the traffic in oxen, sheep, kids and doves became enormous. It would have been proper enough if it had been conducted at stockyards, but the priests made a monopoly of it and installed it right in the temple. The Court of the Gentiles, "a house of prayer for all nations" (Mr 11:15-19), was filled with cattle, ordure, and the din of traffic. The changers of money. Every Jew paid a half-shekel annually to the support of the temple (Ex 30:13), but Gentile money was the coin in usual circulation, and this was refused at the temple. These money brokers, agents of the priests, furnished Jewish coin at a heavy charge. Edersheim says that this traffic alone cleared the priests what would be equivalent to about $300,000 a year.

Discussion for John 2:14

  • With everything in context you would have to assume that Jesus isn 't well known at this point at least to the money changers. This is early in his ministry and they just left Capernaum where he did his first miracle. That 's about to change. This verse states he found those that sold oxen and sheep and doves and changers of money sitting in the temple. The selling of those things wasn 't wrong, nor was the money exchanging going on so far as they weren 't merchandising the people. It was where they were doing it, in the temple of God that was the problem.

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