Cleansing of the temple (5 of 5)

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Mark 11:16 AV
And would not suffer¹
that any man should carry² ‭
[any]‭ vessel³ through the temple⁴.‭

¹) Let go, let alone, let be‭.
²) To bear or carry through any place‭.
³) Goods.
⁴) The sacred place.

Other translations

And He would not permit anyone to carry any household equipment through the temple enclosure [thus making the temple area a short-cut traffic lane]. [AMP]

And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. [ESV
He didn't let anyone even carry a basket through the Temple. [MSB]

And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. [KJV]

and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. [NIV]

and he stopped everyone from bringing in merchandise. [NLT]

And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. [NKJV]


And would not suffer that any man

He was more strict and severe than the day before; and gave orders, that they should be so far from being allowed to sit and trade in that sacred place.

Should carry any vessel through the temple

Should make a, thoroughfare of it, by carrying through to any other place, any vessel that was for common use, or any sort of burden whatever: and this they could not well find fault with, nor complain of, since it was agreeable to one of their own canons; in which it said:
“a man may not go into the mountain of the house,
▪︎ with his staff (in his hands);
▪︎ nor with shoes (on his feet);
▪︎ nor with his girdle, and his money in it;
▪︎ nor with a bag thrown over his shoulders;
▪︎ nor with dust upon his feet;
▪︎ nor might he make it, “a thoroughfare”,
▪︎ and much less spit in it.”


The shortest way from the eastern part of the city (north of the temple) to the western and southern part of the city and vice versa ran straight across the outer temple square (the court of the Gentiles).

So whoever had to deliver something (a barrel, baggage, or tool) to the other end of the city did not make the long detour around the temple area, but took the shortest route across the temple square. In this way, the temple grounds were used as a transit route, were used for improper purposes, and temple service, and prayer, were seriously disrupted.

Prominent Jewish leaders in Jesus’ days also opposed the use of the Gentile Court as a passage.

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