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.

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.

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.

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:

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Into my house - The soul of that person from whom he had been expelled by the power of Christ, and out of which he was to have been kept by continual prayer, faith, and watchfulness.

He findeth it empty - Unoccupied, σχολαζοντα, empty of the former inhabitant, and ready to receive a new one: denoting a soul that has lost the life and power of godliness, and the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

Swept and garnished - As σχολαζω signifies to be idle, or unemployed, it may refer here to the person, as well as to his state. His affections and desires are no longer busied with the things of God, but gad about, like an idle person, among the vanities of a perishing world. Swept, from love, meekness, and all the fruits of the Spirit; and garnished, or adorned, κεκοσμημενον, decorated, with the vain showy trifles of folly and fashion. This may comprise also smart speeches, cunning repartees, etc., for which many who have lost the life of God are very remarkable.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Matthew 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?...

Luke 11:21,22 When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace...

John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus to him, That you do, do quickly.

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air...

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

he findeth.

Matthew 13:20-22 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it...

Psalm 81:11,12 But my people would not listen to my voice; and Israel would none of me...

Hosea 7:6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleeps all the night...

John 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bore what was put therein.

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

Acts 5:1-3 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession...

Acts 8:18-23 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money...

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders...

1 Timothy 6:4,5,9,10 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings...

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us...

Jude 1:4,5 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men...

Revelation 13:3,4,8,9 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast...

Library
An Attempt to Account for Jesus
'But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub, the prince of the demons.'--MATT. xii. 24. Mark's Gospel tells us that this astonishing explanation of Christ and His work was due to the ingenious malice of an ecclesiastical deputation, sent down from Jerusalem to prevent the simple folk in Galilee from being led away by this new Teacher. They must have been very hard put to it to explain undeniable but unwelcome facts, when they hazarded such a preposterous
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

'A Greater than Solomon'
'A greater than Solomon is here.'--MATT. xii. 42. It is condescension in Him to compare Himself with any; yet if any might have been selected, it is that great name. To the Jews Solomon is an ideal figure, who appealed so strongly to popular imagination as to become the centre of endless legends; whose dominion was the very apex of national glory, in recounting whose splendours the historical books seem to be scarce able to restrain their triumph and pride. I. The Man. The story gives us a richly
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

What are Evidences of Backsliding in Heart.
1. Manifest formality in religious exercises. A stereotyped, formal way of saying and doing things, that is clearly the result of habit, rather than the outgushing of the religious life. This formality will be emotionless and cold as an iceberg, and will evince a total want of earnestness in the performance of religious duty. In prayer and in religious exercises the backslider in heart will pray or praise, or confess, or give thanks with his lips, so that all can hear him, perhaps, but in such a
Charles G. Finney—The Backslider in Heart

Lesser and Fuller Forms.
Moreover, we have endeavoured to use the fullest form, including the words of those Gospels which have the lesser forms of sentences, except where the sentence ends in a period, in which case have given the least form, so that the larger form of the other Gospels might be made apparent; as, for instance, this sentence, taken from Matt. xii. 47; Mark iii. 32; Luke viii. 20: ^c 20 And it was told him, ^a Behold, thy mother and thy brethren bseek for thee. ^c stand without desiring to see thee. ^a seeking
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

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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