Matthew 12:44
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New International Version
Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.

New Living Translation
Then it says, 'I will return to the person I came from.' So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order.

English Standard Version
Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.

New American Standard Bible
"Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came'; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.

King James Bible
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then it says, I'll go back to my house that I came from.' And returning, it finds the house vacant, swept, and put in order.

International Standard Version
Then it says, 'I will go back to my home that I left.' When it arrives, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order.

NET Bible
Then it says, 'I will return to the home I left.' When it returns, it finds the house empty, swept clean, and put in order.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then it says, 'I shall return to my house from where I came out', and it goes finding that it is empty, swept and decorated.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then it says, 'I'll go back to the home I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean, and in order.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then it says, I will return into my house from which I came out; and when it is come, it finds it empty, swept, and garnished.

King James 2000 Bible
Then he said, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.

American King James Version
Then he said, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.

American Standard Version
Then he saith, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then he saith: I will return into my house from whence I came out. And coming he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he says, I will return to my house whence I came out; and having come, he finds [it] unoccupied, swept, and adorned.

English Revised Version
Then he saith, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Weymouth New Testament
Then he says, 'I will return to my house that I left;' and he comes and finds it unoccupied, swept clean, and in good order.

World English Bible
Then he says, 'I will return into my house from which I came out,' and when he has come back, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.

Young's Literal Translation
then it saith, I will turn back to my house whence I came forth; and having come, it findeth it unoccupied, swept, and adorned:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 44. - Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out. In the true text the emphasis lies on the words, "into my house;" i.e. the place that I have found so comfortable before, where I was so thoroughly at home; which, in fact, is still mine. Observe the curious parallel to Matthew 10:25. The Jews had called Christ Beelzebub absolutely without reason, but in their own ease it was only too possible that they had an unclean spirit as "master of the house." And when he is come, he findeth it empty, unoccupied (σχολάζοντα). Swept; "cleansed with besoms" (Wickliffe); σεσαρωμένον. And garnished; "made fair" (Wickliffe); καὶ κεκοσμημένον. It had no tenant, but it was fully prepared for one; all the rubbish had been removed, and suitable preparations been made.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then he said, I will return into my house,.... Into the land of Judea, particularly into the Scribes and Pharisees, outward professors of religion; who, notwithstanding their outward reformation, and great pretensions to holiness, are Satan's house still: he has a property in them, a claim upon them; and though he says,

from whence I came out, yet he never really and properly quitted it, only seemingly, and in appearance; and therefore his returning is only throwing off the guise, and reassuming his former character, as a vicious and unclean spirit.

And when he is come, he findeth it empty: not empty of sin: this puts me in mind of a passage in the Misna (y), where it is said, that on a fast day,

"when they stand in prayer, they cause to descend, or go before the ark, an old man, who is used (to prayer,) whose children, , "and his house, are empty", so that his heart is perfect in prayer,''

or entirely at leisure for it. The commentators (z) on that phrase, "his house is empty", note, that he was empty of sin, and free from it, and one concerning whom an evil report had not gone forth from his youth: but such was not this house; it was empty of God, of the true knowledge of him, of the fear of him, and love to him; of Christ, of faith in him, affection for him, and hope on him; of the Spirit of God, and of his graces, and of spiritual, internal religion, and powerful godliness.

Swept; not with the Spirit of grace convincing of sin, righteousness, and judgment; but with the besom of an outward reformation:

and garnished; not with internal grace, which makes saints all glorious within; but with secret lusts and corruptions, which rendered it an agreeable habitation for this unclean spirit; and at most, with some show of morality, a little negative holiness, or abstinence from outward acts of sin, an observance of some external rites and ceremonies, and a few hypocritical performances of fasting and prayer; which Satan can very well bear with, so long as the heart is empty of spiritual grace, and till an opportunity offers of throwing off all appearance of good.

(y) Taanith, c. 2. sect. 2.((z) Maimon. & Bartenora in ib.



Matthew 12:44 Additional Commentaries
Context
Return of an Unclean Spirit
43"Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44"Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came'; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45"Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation."
Cross References
Matthew 12:43
"When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.

Matthew 12:45
Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."

Luke 11:25
When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.
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