John 2:16

“And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And said vnto them that sold doues Take these things hence, make not my fathers house an house of merchandize.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a place of business."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and to them that sold the doves he said, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And to those who were trading in doves he said, Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a market.
- Basic English Bible

and said to the sellers of doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.
- Darby Bible

And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence: make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.
- Webster's Bible

And to the pigeon-dealers He said, "Take these things away. Do not turn my Father's house into a market."
- Weymouth Bible

To those who sold the doves, he said, "Take these things out of here! Don't make my Father's house a marketplace!"
- World English Bible

And he seide to hem that selden culueris, Take awei fro hennus these thingis, and nyle ye make the hous of my fadir an hous of marchaundise.
- Wycliffe Bible

and to those selling the doves he said, `Take these things hence; make not the house of my Father a house of merchandise.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for John 2:16


Joh 2:16 Make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. How often still the Father's house is so desecrated! This cleansing was a different one from that which occurred three years later at the close of his ministry (Mt 21:12).

Discussion for John 2:16

  • Rachael for verse 16
    The Temple represents the Building Church structure and also our Bodies. The need to honour God and not to desecrete it. The church should not be turned into a market place Our bodies should not be used as a platform for exchange i.e. Prostitution, Slavery, Sexual perversion etc.

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