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Cleansing the Temple

2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum25 with his mother and brothers26 and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 2:13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover27 was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.28

2:14 29 He found in the temple courts30 those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables.31 2:15 So he made a whip of cords32 and drove them all out of the temple courts,33 with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers34 and overturned their tables. 2:16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make35 my Father’s house a marketplace!”36 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal37 for your house will devour me.”38

2:18 So then the Jewish leaders39 responded,40 “What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?”41 2:19 Jesus replied,42 “Destroy43 this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 2:20 Then the Jewish leaders44 said to him, “This temple has been under construction45 for forty-six years,46 and are you going to raise it up in three days?” 2:21 But Jesus47 was speaking about the temple of his body.48 2:22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture49 and the saying50 that Jesus had spoken.


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