12 After this He went down to (A)Capernaum, He, His mother, (B)His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple(C)

13 (D)Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 (E)And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers [a]doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make (F)My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, (G)“Zeal for Your house [b]has eaten Me up.”

18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, (H)“What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”

19 Jesus answered and said to them, (I)“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”

21 But He was speaking (J)of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, (K)His disciples remembered that He had said this [c]to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

The Discerner of Hearts

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the (L)signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He (M)knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for (N)He knew what was in man.

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  1. John 2:14 Lit. sitting
  2. John 2:17 NU, M will eat
  3. John 2:22 NU, M omit to them

12 After this he went down to Capernaum(A) with his mother(B) and brothers(C) and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

Jesus Clears the Temple Courts(D)

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,(E) Jesus went up to Jerusalem.(F) 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves,(G) and others sitting at tables exchanging money.(H) 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house(I) into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[a](J)

18 The Jews(K) then responded to him, “What sign(L) can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”(M)

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”(N)

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.(O) 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said.(P) Then they believed the scripture(Q) and the words that Jesus had spoken.

23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival,(R) many people saw the signs(S) he was performing and believed(T) in his name.[b] 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind,(U) for he knew what was in each person.(V)

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  1. John 2:17 Psalm 69:9
  2. John 2:23 Or in him