Matthew 12:45

Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then goeth he, and taketh with himselfe seuen other spirits more wicked then himselfe, and they enter in and dwell there: And the last state of that man is worse then the first. Euen so shal it be also vnto this wicked generation.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this evil generation.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits worse than himself, and they go in and make it their living-place: and the last condition of that man is worse than the first. Even so will it be with this evil generation.
- Basic English Bible

Then he goes and takes with himself seven other spirits worse than himself, and entering in, they dwell there; and the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first. Thus shall it be to this wicked generation also.
- Darby Bible

Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also to this wicked generation.
- Webster's Bible

Then he goes and brings back with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they come in and dwell there; and in the end that man's condition becomes worse than it was at first. So will it be also with the present wicked generation."
- Weymouth Bible

Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more evil than he is, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state of that man becomes worse than the first. Even so will it be also to this evil generation."
- World English Bible

Thanne he goith, and takith with him seuene othere spiritis worse than hym silf; and thei entren, and dwellen there. And the laste thingis of that man ben maad worse than the formere. So it shal be to this worste generacioun.
- Wycliffe Bible

then doth it go, and take with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and having gone in they dwell there, and the last of that man doth become worse than the first; so shall it be also to this evil generation.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 12:45


12:45 Seven other spirits - That is, a great many; a certain number being put for an uncertain: More wicked than himself - Whence it appears, that there are degrees of wickedness among the devils themselves: They enter in and dwell - For ever in him who is forsaken of God. So shall it be to this wicked generation - Yea, and to apostates in all ages.


Discussion for Matthew 12

  • Daniel f
    The last verse is a refreshing testimony as to the mind of God. The Lord Jesus naural mother is no more important than one who does the will of the Father. It could be an enlightenment to the Catholic Church.
  • Michael C.
    38-45 Signs are not given to the haters of the Lord, nor is it given to the multitudes of unconverted and impostors, to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; because they must come to God on His terms, for His acceptance, and to be reconciled by the means He has provided. As long as men are not willing to repent and submit to God's authority, the only sign is Jesus' death and resurrection.
  • BSP
    Verse 26 Jesus used sound reasoning to refute the logic of the Pharisees.
  • Michael C.
    Eric, its clear that you love the Scriptures, and spend a lot of time reading; or you wouldn't know them so well. But you want to be able to communicate effectively the things the Lord has shown you. Remember in Ezra, where the Levites helped explain the sense and the meaning of the word, as it was read to them, and the people rejoiced because they could understand? That's what we want also.
  • Librarygal143
    I'm with you, Lord Jesus!
  • Eric
    Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me for they are thine. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition that the scripture might be fulfilled. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

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