When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,1 Jesus went up to Jerusalem.214
In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves,3 and others sitting at tables exchanging money.415
So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house5 into a market!"17
His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me."a618
Then the Jews7 demanded of him, "What miraculous sign8 can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?"919
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."1020
The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?"
But the temple he had spoken of was his body.1122
After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said.12 Then they believed the Scripture13 and the words that Jesus had spoken.