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

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

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

  • 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 for verse 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 for verse 12
    people of God should always follow the teaching of Jesus and not use their idiology in serving God
  • Nkosinathi Ngulube for verse 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 for verse 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 for verse 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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