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.

Discussion for Matthew 21

  • Pat H.
    The symbol of Baptism we confess all of our sins to the Father and we are baptised with water that we have been washed in the blood of Jesus and have been cleansed so when we arise from the baptism we walk with Jesus in our hearts as well as in our actions. Baptism alone does not save you; but our faith in Jesus can!
  • A disciple
    Pam; The reason for repentance from dead works, is to serve the LORD by good works and bear good fruit unto God! If you read the story of the beginning you will see that the human species was alienated and made unfit for God because of sin. So God announced Christ must come to undo the works of the devil and reconcile us to God. If we don't produce good fruit we will be cut down as worthless!
  • Pam barnwell
    It's the blood that's merits. us into heaven, we cannot live good enough, good morel people still has to be saved by the blood of Christ. If we could get there on works, we would still be under law and Christ wouldn't had to die.
  • A disciple
    Lou; are you saying then, that we should just dismiss everything the LORD said about being wise and doing what He says? And what about ALL the writings of the Apostles and Prophets, who spoke in the Name of the LORD, condemning the wicked for NOT keeping God's commandments? Do you think God is afraid that we might think we can save ourselves if we obey Him? "IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS."
  • A disciple
    Lou; Shouldn't your faith be seen in a real conversion and new course in life; and the effect of His saving grace be reflected in your new manner of life? Jesus said many, many times; that if we didn't DO whatsoever He says, and we don't bear fruit; that we would be cut off and die, and NOT be permitted to enter into His kingdom. We keep His commandments and do what He says because we love Him!
  • Lou
    Ricky, and Disciple, you have understanding. There is one thing required for salvation, as stated in John 3:16. We should dismiss any idea that our actions have any part in our salvation, nothing we do is good enough that it should add to what Jesus did. We cannot "help" Christ to save us, we are capable of believing, and the Word builds up our believing (faith)...Jesus is The Living Word of God.

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