Matthew 21:13

“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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And said vnto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but yee haue made it a denne of theeues.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He *said to them, "It is written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER'; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and he saith unto them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer: but ye make it a den of robbers.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to them, It is in the Writings, My house is to be named a house of prayer, but you are making it a hole of thieves.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves.
- Webster's Bible

It is written, He said, "`My House shall be called the House of Prayer', but you are making it a robbers' cave."
- Weymouth 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!"
- World English Bible

And he seith to hem, It is writun, Myn hous schal be clepid an hous of preier; but ye han maad it a denne of theues.
- Wycliffe Bible

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.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 21:13


21:13 A den of thieves - A proverbial expression, for a harbour of wicked men. #Isa 56:7|; Jer 7:11.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 21:13


Mt 21:13 It is written. In Isa 56:7. A house of prayer. A place of sacred worship. A den of thieves. A cave or den of robbers. The language indicates that it was a corrupt and fraudulent traffic, which a corrupt and fraudulent priesthood had permitted to encroach on the worship of God. It is a desecration of religious institutions to use them for worldly gain.

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