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

  • Insight777
    V16, interesting way Jesus expressed that the praise he was receiving was taught from the Priests. The people in the temple were raised to believe the Son of David would be their Christ. The miracles Jesus preformed were because he is the Son of God, not David. That does not mean the people were correct that Christ is from David but they were correct in seeing Jesus is Christ. Priests want control
  • C
    I have always wondered why Jesus did what he did to the fig tree in Verse 19. I think I saw the answer today in verses 41 and 43. I think it he was illustrating the warning to the Chief Priests, Scribes and others who were exercising their religion to be seen of men and not to be fruitful to God.
  • Insight777
    Jesus was angry over pagan rituals that are lies. Jesus teaches water baptism removes sin and these priests deny that. They preach death removes sin and it does not. Yes, Jesus was angry over the money because the money is the reason this false practice was started. It had nothing to do with removal of sin, it was extortion in the name of God so the priests can gain wealth. Fear made people comply
  • Wayne
    1 Peter 5:6-7, Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.
  • Librarygal143
    Dear God, you know the requests of my heart as I pray to you. I am not asking for much, just to help my family. I do believe as I pray, and I know I shall receive, in the mighty name of Jesus. Thank you, Heavenly Father, and please bless everyone. Thank you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.
  • Alfredo bautista
    it brings peace of mine, and a little doubt, but thats god manifests himself through our lord jesus

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