NICODEMUS / Cleansing of the Temple
- 10 11 Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
- 12 He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, 13 as well as the money-changers seated there.
- He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables,
- and to those who sold doves he said, "Take these out of here, and stop making my Father's house a marketplace."
- 14 His disciples recalled the words of scripture, "Zeal for your house will consume me."
- At this the Jews answered and said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?"
- Jesus answered and said to them, 15 "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up."
- The Jews said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, 16 and you will raise it up in three days?"
- But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
- Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.
- For God so loved the world that he gave 7 his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
- For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn 8 the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
- Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
- 9 And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.
- For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.
- But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
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