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The cleansing of the temple

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The cleansing of the temple

The cleansing of the temple.

On reaching they Jerusalem
Our Lord and his disciples
They went into the holy temple
And Jesus saw it all
The nonsense that was going on
Those vendors selling doves
And money lenders everywhere
In this place just made for love.

Our savior saw this going on
I t irked him quite a bit
He turned these dealer’s benches over
He was having none of it
He would not let folk carry things
Through the temple on that day
He taught the people that were there
Said “The scriptures, this they say”

“My house it be a place of worship
For all nations to enter
But you have made it so I see
An awful kind of center
Where robbers hide” thus said our lord.
When the chief priests heard of this
Those teachers of the Law of Moses
Well this they’d not dismiss.

Their eyes were dark and anger rose
Within their foolish minds
Oh, they became afraid of him
Their hearts, they were unkind
They saw that he had reached the people
Who were amazed at him
And so they looked for ways to kill him
Their minds all hard and grim.


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  1. Date: 3/16/2014 1:30:00 AM
    Okay, Peter, I'm excited over my new BALLAD... A little better than the last one... After reading many of your ballads, I think I got the hang. I actually added a nice rhyme scheme. I know you left me a comment, the last time.. Saying you are no expert,:) That's okay.. I'm not gonna give up. I will continue to give it my best. I know you always find your way to my poems. I'm eagerly waiting for your visit on my latest Ballad.. The Texian Macabre Arena... LINDA

  1. Date: 2/6/2014 5:35:00 PM
    wow Peter this is from the gut excellent write hugs

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/7/2014 3:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Shadow. I love some of the stuff written in the Bible, and I appreciate your kind comments....Peter
  1. Date: 2/6/2014 1:59:00 PM
    Great Biblical truths you have expounded..Enjoyed reading your telling of the story..How could they take the place where those who were not Jews could come in and worship?..That was really being exclusive wasn't it..Thanks for your visit to my page..Sara

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/6/2014 3:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Sara I enjoyed very much the Gospels of Mark, and Mathew, so Put them all down in verse and gave them To the priest in charge of the Sistine nuns over here. And he was very excited about it. He wanted me to publish them with his help. I was not interested in this, But I was pleased that he liked them. Thanks for your comments, my friend
  1. Date: 2/6/2014 1:46:00 PM
    This is written so well and with such vivid imagery and the diction carries the reader along to the end. Bravo, Poet!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/6/2014 3:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Dah, your comments are worth much to me....Peter
  1. Date: 2/6/2014 7:11:00 AM
    That's so Good! I'm glad to be reading your poem today Peter, and your description of 'Cleansing theTemple' is very befitting!!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/6/2014 3:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much for your very kind comments Gautami, they are very much appreciated....Peter
  1. Date: 2/6/2014 6:45:00 AM
    You always amaze me with your writing Peter, I am happy that you are back. This poem speaks with wisdom also.......Roger

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/6/2014 3:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Tank you so much Roger. As always, your comments are appreciated.....peter