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