Matthew 11:12

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 11:12

And from the dayes of Iohn the Baptist, vntill now, the kingdome of heauen suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and men of violence take it by force.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And from the days of John the Baptist till now, the kingdom of heaven is forcing its way in, and men of force take it.
- Basic English Bible

But from the days of John the baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens is taken by violence, and [the] violent seize on it.
- Darby Bible

And from the days of John the Baptist, until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
- Webster's Bible

But from the time of John the Baptist till now, the Kingdom of the Heavens has been suffering violent assault, and the violent have been seizing it by force.
- Weymouth Bible

From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
- World English Bible

And fro the daies of Joon Baptist til now the kyngdom of heuenes suffrith violence, and violent men rauyschen it.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And, from the days of John the Baptist till now, the reign of the heavens doth suffer violence, and violent men do take it by force,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 11:12

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 11:12


11:12 And from the days of John - That is, from the time that John had fulfilled his ministry, men rush into my kingdom with a violence like that of those who are taking a city by storm.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 11:12


Mt 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, etc. The idea is, that from the time when John began preaching, men of violence were trying to force their way into the kingdom. It is compared to a walled city that men try to storm and enter. They tried a little later to make Jesus a king by force.

Discussion for Matthew 11:12

  • William savoy on Matthew 11:12
    1. John the Baptist broke into a situation and took over -

    like robbing a bank.

    2. An inmate cleverly breaks through security - escapes -

    and is out of prison.

    3. From the 1920's to 1960's someone came to Hollywood -

    broke through the difficulties - and became the owner of a

    studio - such as Warner Brother's or Paramount - or just

    became Elvis or the Beatles.

    4. With your faith - break through your limitations -

    break into heaven - and possess its treasures and blessings.

    5. Look beyond your difficulties. See heaven. Be in it.

    Walk as if you own it.
  • G Hillman on Matthew 11:12
    I believe the end times we are in the Lord is telling us we need to fight a great spiritual fight against our enemy the devil. We need to fight to keep our faith, fight to keep our salvation and be warriors. We need to put on the full armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. This armor is powerfully given to us by our Lord Jesus and described fully in Ephesians 6:10-18 by the Apostle Paul who had the spirit of God.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 11:12
    Yes, I also get a sense that we are getting close to the end. And I agree that we are to stand against the wiles of the devil. But I don't think we need to fight Satan. He's already been defeated. Jesus defeated him in the wilderness when Satan tried to tempt Him, and He ultimately defeated him at the cross. You describe the armor of God as being powerful, and I completely agree with you on that. If we have put this armor on, how can Satan possibly defeat us? In order for him to defeat us, he would have to defeat Christ.

    Putting on the whole armor of God means we put on Christ. He is our armor. That armor never comes off. He lives in us. All we have to do is stand, not fight. We don't have to fight Satan to keep our salvation. Satan cannot take our salvation from us. In order for him to do that, he would have to penetrate God's Spirit that dwells in us, and he can't do that. There is no need to fight him. He can touch our flesh, but he can't touch our spirit where Christ dwells. John 4:4 says greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world. There's no need to fight. Stand, don't fight!
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 11:12
    Sorry, I meant 1 John 4:4.
  • George on Matthew 11:12
    Since Christ never endorsed violence except possibly in His zeal for purity in The Temple -- I am not a passifist , and because there are many other scriptures that state how pro-active and aggressive we need to be to "fully " experience the blessings of Kingdom life like, "take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ " - I will be working on that one my whole life ,...it seems to me that when I type Violence, almost all the references I see have to do with evil men and their agendas. Now, we know that much violence was done to advance God 's agenda under the Old Testament to route out evil in many aspects and forms and this is certainly a principle for us to be ruthless with sin, doubt, temptations, etc. today. Yet the passage is in the context of John about to lose his head, at the hands of a very violent, evil man. So,...in a nutshell, it seems to me this passage MAY be a statement of fact and warfare that began ref. the new "kingdom " at the time of John the Baptists ' arrival. This kingdom will and is suffering violence like Johns ' upcoming beheading and then through all the martyrs though human history since AND Violent Men and this is a bit harder take or seize it not enter, but sieze or stop or seek to destroy...possibly via Force! And this is the pattern we see regarding Christs ' kingdom from the beginning till now - even today. Men of Violence, wicked, powerful leaders often seek to snuff out this kingdoms ' advancement - in China, Korea, Russia the list goes on and on throughout this time in His-story history. Just some thoughts - I don 't know for sure.
  • Panayam Yasharah;a on Matthew 11:12
    The kingdom Of Heaven is Israel. When It Says The kingdom Being The Nation Of Israel "suffereth violence " it 's talking about the roman kingdom ruling and taking over the nation of israel "and the violent take it by force. " The Violent People Took The Kingdom By Force. Talking About 70 AD
  • Osayi Azamu on Matthew 11:12
    people of God should always follow the teaching of Jesus and not use their idiology in serving God
  • Nkosinathi Ngulube on Matthew 11:12
    His words are supported by "l send you out as sheep among wolves ".His message and ways proclaim peace, loosening the ties of prisonhood, and opposition to such can only come from those of violence.ln such manner, those who cannot make peace with God and all Godly manner seek to destroy the ministry, even though the gates of hell can ne 'er be able to prosper against this only Godly fortified kingdom.It is not easy to be a true disciple of God
  • Nkosinathi Ngulube on Matthew 11:12
    His words are supported by "l send you out as sheep among wolves ".His message and ways proclaim peace, loosening the ties of prisonhood, and opposition to such can only come from those of violence.ln such manner, those who cannot make peace with God and all Godly manner seek to destroy the ministry, even though the gates of hell can ne 'er be able to prosper against this only Godly fortified kingdom.It is not easy to be a true disciple of God
  • Nkosinathi Ngulube on Matthew 11:12
    His words are supported by "l send you out as sheep among wolves ".His message and ways proclaim peace, loosening the ties of prisonhood, and opposition to such can only come from those of violence.ln such manner, those who cannot make peace with God and all Godly manner seek to destroy the ministry, even though the gates of hell can ne 'er be able to prosper against this only Godly fortified kingdom.It is not easy to be a true disciple of God


 

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