When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,1 Jesus went up to Jerusalem.214
In the temple courts he found people 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 courts, 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! Stop turning my Father's house5 into a market!"17
His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me."a618
The Jews7 then responded to him, "What 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
They 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.
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival,14 many people saw the signs15 he was performing and believed16 in his name.b24
But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.
He did not need human testimony about them,17 for he knew what was in them.18