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den of thieves, a

A group of individuals or a place strongly suspected of underhanded dealings. This term appears in the Bible (Matthew 21:13) when Jesus, driving the moneychangers from the Temple, said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Daniel Defoe used the term in Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, and by the late eighteenth century it was well known enough to be listed with other collective terms such as “House of Commons” in William Cobbett’s English Grammar in a discussion of syntax relating to pronouns.
See also: den, of
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Am I, forsooth, in a den of thieves, -- in a cave of brigands?
and a fit residence is a den of thieves for such a Prior.
That Wall Street is a den of thieves is a belief that serves every unsuccessful thief in place of a hope in Heaven.
This could possibly be enough to explain why our immediate neighbours, Tanzanians, refer to us as a den of thieves.
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves." And every day He was teaching in the temple area.
Three of the six were from the $12.6 million OTS Federal Credit Union in Honolulu, which an FBI agent described as a den of thieves. Nicole Cheung, a former employee of OTS FCU, pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement and misapplication of funds.
Years ago, our Lord cleaned the temple in Jerusalem, saying his house is supposed to be a house of prayer and it was made a den of thieves. Can we now say it has been made a den of Republican political activity?
I say this to all those in the media and entertainment industry who still condemn Liverpool as a den of thieves: we had a good response and,after six and -a-halfhours, we still had the same three Biros we started with -and they weren't tied to the table!
As Jesus entered the Temple, He overturned the traders' tables and said, quoting both Isaiah and Jeremiah, 'My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves.' There, He made His intention clear, to change religion from ritual to reality.
Often we look at the mess Jesus made at the temple and put it down to an attack of piety: Doesn't he say, "My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves?" In most accounts, he does.
Taken together it conveys a fairly trenchant view of Wall Street as, well, a den of thieves.
Haki Africa, Human Rights Agenda, Institute for Land Governance and Human Rights, Sisters for Justice, The Institute of Human Rights and EmpowerHer say Parliament has become "a den of thieves".
Jesus entered the Temple of God and overthrew the tables of the moneylenders, saying: "My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves." (Mathew 21: 12-13).