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How Has the House of Prayer for All Nations Become a Den of Robbers?
And he was teaching them and saying to them,
Sadly, people in all parts of the world have used the name of God and the worship of God as a tool for personal gain. The religious leaders who ran the Temple had money-changers and animal-sellers in the Court of the Gentiles exchanging people's currency for Temple coins and then selling them sacrificial animals for use in worship. The Temple was one of the wonders of the ancient world, and the Chief Priests enjoyed a wonderful income from this business.
I cry out day and night before you.
Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry!
For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life seems to draw near to the grave.
Lord, I feel completely abandoned and cut off,
without friends or help or hope.
I feel like You have rejected me and all of my friends have forsaken me.
Every day I call upon you, O Lord;
I spread out my hands to you.
What will happen to me if You forsake me,
If you allow my enemies to overtake me?
But I, O Lord, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?
Please come to my rescue and deliver me.
Have mercy on me!