In Jerusalem, the Passover
Chapter 13, Great Gospel of John, Book 1
14. There he found in the temple the dealers in cattle, sheep and pigeons and the money-changers.
1. When on My arrival in Jerusalem I found that because of all the animals and their dealers some people hardly dared enter the temple as it sometimes happened that an ox went wild hurting people and damaging sacred articles, and people visiting the temple could often not bear the stench and noise and not seldom lost all their important belongings, this disgraceful situation had now become unbearable to Me. And Peter and Nathanael remarked, ‘Lord, have You no lightning and thunder left for this? Just look at it! The poor people are crying in front of the temple. They have come from distant places to honour God and because of all the oxen and sheep they cannot even get in. And many, who with great effort and danger managed to enter the temple and get out again, are complaining that inside they have been robbed of everything and almost suffocated by the stench. Ah, this is really too much and too evil! -Such a terrible nuisance should be stopped at all costs; this is even much worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.
2. These words were heard by a stranger, an old Jew who now steps up to us and says, ‘Dear friends, you do not know everything; but I myself was three years ago working as an ordinary servant in the temple where I learnt about things that made my flesh creep.’
3. Say I, ‘Friend, keep it to yourself, for I know about all that has taken place. But be assured, things have gone too far and still today you shall see God’s might and wrath in action in the temple. But do move away from the gates of the temple for a while, so that you may not be harmed when God’s might will be driving the offenders from the temple. After that they will no longer dare to perpetrate such sacrilege.’
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