Luke 11:21
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New International Version
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.

New Living Translation
For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe--

English Standard Version
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe;

New American Standard Bible
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.

King James Bible
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure.

International Standard Version
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own mansion, his property is safe.

NET Bible
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his possessions are safe.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Whenever an armed strongman keeps his homestead, his property is at peace.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own mansion, his property is safe.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When an armed strong man keeps his palace, his goods are in peace;

King James 2000 Bible
When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace:

American King James Version
When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace:

American Standard Version
When the strong man fully armed guardeth his own court, his goods are in peace:

Douay-Rheims Bible
When a strong man armed keepeth his court, those things are in peace which he possesseth.

Darby Bible Translation
When the strong [man] armed keeps his own house, his goods are in peace;

English Revised Version
When the strong man fully armed guardeth his own court, his goods are in peace:

Webster's Bible Translation
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Weymouth New Testament
"Whenever a strong man, fully armed and equipped, is guarding his own castle, he enjoys peaceful possession of his property;

World English Bible
"When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe.

Young's Literal Translation
'When the strong man armed may keep his hall, in peace are his goods;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:14-26 Christ's thus casting out the devils, was really the destroying of their power. The heart of every unconverted sinner is the devil's palace, where he dwells, and where he rules. There is a kind of peace in the heart of an unconverted soul, while the devil, as a strong man armed, keeps it. The sinner is secure, has no doubt concerning the goodness of his state, nor any dread of the judgment to come. But observe the wonderful change made in conversion. The conversion of a soul to God, is Christ's victory over the devil and his power in that soul, restoring the soul to its liberty, and recovering his own interest in it and power over it. All the endowments of mind of body are now employed for Christ. Here is the condition of a hypocrite. The house is swept from common sins, by a forced confession, as Pharaoh's; by a feigned contrition, as Ahab's; or by a partial reformation, as Herod's. The house is swept, but it is not washed; the heart is not made holy. Sweeping takes off only the loose dirt, while the sin that besets the sinner, the beloved sin, is untouched. The house is garnished with common gifts and graces. It is not furnished with any true grace; it is all paint and varnish, not real nor lasting. It was never given up to Christ, nor dwelt in by the Spirit. Let us take heed of resting in that which a man may have, and yet come short of heaven. The wicked spirits enter in without any difficulty; they are welcomed, and they dwell there; there they work, there they rule. From such an awful state let all earnestly pray to be delivered.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 21, 22. - When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. The exegesis is easy here. The strong man is the devil; his palace is the world; his goods especially here the poor possessed; the stronger than he is Jesus himself, who, as he paints this feature in the picture, is thinking of the scenes of the temptation, when in good earnest he overcame his ghostly adversary, then he took from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and now he, the Conqueror, divideth his spoils, among which are these unhappy possessed ones now being rescued from the power of their tormentor.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When a strong man armed,.... By the strong man, is meant the devil; See Gill on Matthew 12:29 and who may be said to be "armed", both with his own temptations, which are as fiery darts, and which are thrown by him thick and fast, suddenly and swiftly, privily, and with great art and cunning, and with great strength, and are very injurious; and also with the sins and lusts of men, which are armour of unrighteousness, and which Satan turns upon them, and makes use of against them, to their great detriment; and who

keepeth his palace: which is the corrupt heart of an unregenerate man, where he dwells as a king, has his throne, keeps his court, and has his courtiers, and attendants, the lusts of the flesh, and the desires of the will, and the carnal affections; and which, as filthy a palace as it is, is perfectly agreeable to his nature; and this is kept by a guard of devils, and worldly lusts, till its strong holds are demolished by the Gospel, and Christ the King of glory enters in; till such time,

his goods are in peace: there is no concern in such an heart about sin, no uneasiness on that account, no sense of danger, nor inquiry after salvation; no dread upon the mind at the curses of the law, nor fears of hell, and damnation; but such a man lives in entire security, crying Peace, Peace, to himself.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21, 22. strong man—meaning Satan.

armed—pointing to all the subtle and varied methods by which he wields his dark power over men.

keepeth—"guardeth."

his palace—man whether viewed more largely or in individual souls—how significant of what men are to Satan!

in peace—undisturbed, secure in his possession.

Luke 11:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
A House Divided
20"But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed. 22"But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder.…
Cross References
Isaiah 49:24
Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce?

Luke 11:20
But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Luke 11:22
But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.
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Matthew 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his …

Mark 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, …

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