Matthew 12:43
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.

New Living Translation
"When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none.

English Standard Version
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none.

Berean Study Bible
When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.

Berean Literal Bible
Now when the unclean spirit is gone out from the man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.

New American Standard Bible
"Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.

King James Bible
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it roams through waterless places looking for rest but doesn't find any.

International Standard Version
"Whenever an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through waterless places looking for a place to rest, but finds none.

NET Bible
"When an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it passes through waterless places looking for rest but does not find it.

New Heart English Bible
But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But whenever a foul spirit goes out from a man, it wanders about in places without water in them, and it seeks rest and does not find it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"When an evil spirit comes out of a person, it goes through dry places looking for a place to rest. But it doesn't find any.

New American Standard 1977
“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the unclean spirit is gone out of the man, it walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

King James 2000 Bible
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

American King James Version
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

American Standard Version
But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when an unclean spirit is gone out of a man he walketh through dry places seeking rest, and findeth none.

Darby Bible Translation
But when the unclean spirit has gone out of the man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and does not find [it].

English Revised Version
But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not.

Webster's Bible Translation
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and he findeth none.

Weymouth New Testament
"No sooner however has the foul spirit gone out of the man, then he roams about in places where there is no water, seeking rest but finding none.

World English Bible
But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and doesn't find it.

Young's Literal Translation
'And, when the unclean spirit may go forth from the man, it doth walk through dry places seeking rest, and doth not find;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:38-45 Though Christ is always ready to hear and answer holy desires and prayers, yet those who ask amiss, ask and have not. Signs were granted to those who desired them to confirm their faith, as Abraham and Gideon; but denied to those who demanded them to excuse their unbelief. The resurrection of Christ from the dead by his own power, called here the sign of the prophet Jonah, was the great proof of Christ's being the Messiah. As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale, and then came out again alive, thus Christ would be so long in the grave, and then rise again. The Ninevites would shame the Jews for not repenting; the queen of Sheba, for not believing in Christ. And we have no such cares to hinder us, we come not to Christ upon such uncertainties. This parable represents the case of the Jewish church and nation. It is also applicable to all those who hear the word of God, and are in part reformed, but not truly converted. The unclean spirit leaves for a time, but when he returns, he finds Christ is not there to shut him out; the heart is swept by outward reformation, but garnished by preparation to comply with evil suggestions, and the man becomes a more decided enemy of the truth. Every heart is the residence of unclean spirits, except those which are temples of the Holy Ghost, by faith in Christ.
Study Bible
An Unclean Spirit Returns
42The queen of the south will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and now One greater than Solomon is here. 43When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ On its arrival, it finds the house vacant, swept clean and put in order.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:44
Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' On its arrival, it finds the house vacant, swept clean and put in order.

Luke 11:24
When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.'
Treasury of Scripture

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

when. Had there been no reality in demoniacal possessions, as some have supposed, our Lord would scarcely have appealed to a case of this kind here, to point out the real state of the Jewish people, and their approaching desolation. Had this been only a vulgar error, of the nonsense of which the learned scribes and wise Pharisees must have been convinced, the case, not being in point, because not true, must have been treated with contempt by the very people for whose conviction it was designed.

the unclean.

Luke 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry …

Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued …

he.

Job 1:7 And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? Then Satan answered …

Job 2:2 And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? And Satan answered …

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

dry.

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Isaiah 35:6,7 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb …

Isaiah 41:18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the middle of …

Ezekiel 47:8-12 Then said he to me, These waters issue out toward the east country, …

Amos 8:11-13 Behold, the days come, said the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine …

seeking.

Matthew 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, …

Mark 5:7-13 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, …

Luke 8:28-32 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with …

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