"And Jesus went into the temple of God,
and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple,
and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers,
and the seats of them that sold doves,
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.'"
Jesus of Nazareth
(c. 4 BC – c. AD 30/33)
The Holy Bible, Matthew 21:12-13 (KJV)
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It's interesting to me that, to Jesus, the moneychangers were thieves. I never quite thought about that before, yet that is clearly what they have become in our era, which must mean that they always were.
 -- Tom Osborne, Tarzana, California     
    After riding into Jerusalem with palm leaves being placed in front of Jesus, this was the first political act (complete with statutory defined turning over the tables) performed by the birth right King of the Jews (see Matthew 1:1-16 KJV) That is but one reason why the temple guard stood by and did nothing.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    With a little depth of thinking, it is easy to realize and understand exactly what the parable of the money-changers in the temple truly means. Today we have the money-changers controlling how the world is dominated and the masses-r-asses do not seem to grasp that truth. However, since practically all priests, ministers and rabbis are operating 501K religions, it becomes much easier to understand!
     -- Patriot 2010, michigan     
    The money lenders of the day occupy a different temple. This temple is known as the Federal Reserve. And our politicians, senators and members of the supreme court worship at the foot of this altar.They are no longer "our" representatives. They represent the Fed...to us.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    J Carlton, absolutely, said well.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    It is written that our Nation shall be called a Land of Freedom, but ye bankers have made it a nation of debtors. Don't just audit the Fed, SEIZE the Fed, the IMF, and World Bank for they are enslaving the world. I always liked this Jesus story -- in those days the temple was also the central bank.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Thank you for sending a biblical quote!
     -- Carly, St. Louis     
    The quote needs no elaboration. I'm an atheist, but like the quote - unfortunately most Christian's don't follow the teaching of Jesus. By the way, it's now the third day and the Sun begins to rise again...
     -- RBESRQ     
    It is an honor to be reading this, it's a pity that no-one tries to do what Jesus ever did.
     -- Anonymous     
    while we slept, they snuck us into bondage.now, that ur all aware.what ya gonna do?? me, i have a direction, a purpose.and agin, thanks to the fine man who sends us these bits of wisdom. Merry Christams to all. the American still lives.it is evident, in your voices. never give up, never give in. with God with us, who can be against us?? with fine men keeping our minds alive, we have it ALl folks. We WILL get through all this folks. God bless all
     -- Kimo, lahiana     
    Tom, evil has always been there, it is as real as your hand. evil is what we fight. And yall pray, we get those corrupt politician out, by peacefull means.
     -- Kimo, lashiana     
     -- Publius      
    Robert, you make me smile, we all know Jesus wasn't born near the shortest day of the year (the gathering for the tax would have been in the spring) and the setting of the date was just a compromise with all believers, pagans, and otherwise but, thanks for the jab and opportunity to teach ! Have a great season and phenomenal life !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The moneychangers were bankers and lenders and the rest were merchants. These are not evil people, just free traders trading goods brought to market.. I don't believe they were literally in the Temple. Jesus is attacking the worship of trade above servility to God. Jesus was a populist appealing to envy and people's loathing of the rich.
     -- Anonymous, Rumford, RI     
    Anonymous, Rumford...I am afraid that you are terribly mistaken. These people were in fact conducting monetary business in the Temple of God. They turned a place of worship into a market. You are correct in that we must never put our own ambition of wealth or power above our duty to God, however, the Lord was not teaching that free trade was sinful. Remember the parable in which an employer paid different employees different wages for the same amount of labor? When the employees complained, the employer said that they received the amount that they agreed to. Research it, its in atleast one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John). Also, Paul once said that Christians must work diligently and "eat their own bread." This appeals more to capitalism in which everyone only receives the value of their own labor and no one elses. In the book of Deuteronomy, God laid out the principles in which governments should be established. He called for a government which today would be defined as a republic in which the people elect officials within their regions to represent them. Here, He listed the duties of government but He never once gave it the power over industries, labor, or wages or condemned free trade. And Jesus during that time, was not a populist. Most people did not follow Him. This is evident by the amount of opposition He received as well as Him being crucified. All of His disciples were also eventually executed because of the unpopularity of their beliefs.
     -- Publius     
    Thirteen points upon the line of judgment to concider, Exo 22:25,Lev 25:37, Deu 15:6, 15:8, 23:19, 23:20, 24:10, 24:11, 28:12, 28:44, Luk 6:34, 6:35, 11:5. Also these four points of him that lendeth, Deu 15:2, Psa 37:26, 112:5, Pro 19:17. Our founding fathers new these points of judgment and guidance. Do you think the number thirteen just means rebelion ? It is also a referance to this knowledge of conduct to be followed by the lender. Among other things. Liberty and freedom were built upon this knowledge of conduct. The whole truth revels a clear picture. I challenge you to read these scripture from the KJB. No wonder they want to change the words of truth. The truth will make you free. KJB.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
     -- libertyjack      
    Pro 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. KJB . Economic liberty. Jer 34:15,16.
     -- anonymous     
    Money changers are the equivalent of todays Federal Reserve. Money has to be gold or silver that the Priests in the Temple wanted. FR is owned by bankers and they decide the value of it exactly like Caesar. 
     -- Don Lee, RENO     
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