Matthew 12:43

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

When the vncleane spirit is gone out of a man, hee walketh thorow dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find {it.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of a man, goes through dry places looking for rest, and getting it not.
- Basic English Bible

But when the unclean spirit has gone out of the man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and does not find [it].
- Darby Bible

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and he findeth none.
- Webster's Bible

No sooner however has the foul spirit gone out of the man, then he roams about in places where there is no water, seeking rest but finding none.
- Weymouth Bible

But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and doesn't find it.
- World English Bible

Whanne an vnclene spirit goith out fro a man, he goith bi drie places, `and sekith rest, and fyndith not.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And, when the unclean spirit may go forth from the man, it doth walk through dry places seeking rest, and doth not find;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 12:43


12:43 But how dreadful will be the consequence of their rejecting me? When the unclean spirit goeth out - Not willingly, but being compelled by one that is stronger than he. He walketh - Wanders up and down; through dry places - Barren, dreary, desolate; or places not yet watered with the Gospel: Seeking rest, and findeth none - How can he, while he carries with him his own hell? And is it not the case of his children too? Reader, is it thy case? #Luke 11:24|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 12:43


Mt 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit, etc. The application of these three verses is found in "even so it shall be unto this wicked generation" (Mt 12:45), the Jews. With an occasional tendency to repentance, as under the preaching of John, they became worse and worse until they crucified the Lord and were destroyed. A man with an unclean spirit, a demon, is chosen to represent them. He goeth out (transient repentance), returns with seven other evil spirits worse than himself (a relapse into sin), and the last state is worse than the first, more wicked and more wretched. So generally with those who dally with sin.

Discussion for Matthew 12

  • A disciple
    "Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew, he withdrew himself from thence: and great crowds followed him, and he healed them all; and charged them that they should not make him known:" Jesus doesn't overpower his enemies to show them by force; nor does He need public displays to further the Spirit's work for His righteous cause.
  • Irene123
    LU2677 - Yes, you are very right about "I believe". I had changed my mind about that, but hadn't gotten around to it. And I appreciate the way you presented your post - friendly, not condemning, judgmental, angry, and not holier-than-thou. These are not referring to you.
  • Lu2677
    I believe God's word is true; Matthew:36-37 "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words, shalt thou be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
    The words "I believe" are not wrong to use, as long as they are followed by God's truth and not personal opinions, or imaginations.
  • Stephende
    Jesus demonstrates his Bible scholarship all thru out the NT. He is challenged at every turn by the Pharisees, who were scripture lawyers. Have you not read, he would tell, what was said of old concerning David, of whose lineage Jesus sprang forth, thru his mother, Mary. These accounts are meant for our sake! Irene correctly confirms the importance of the OT. Don't be phony Christians VP
  • Irene123
    There are people who start their comments with "I think" , "I believe" - and I have been guilty of that on here. We need to use Jesus' example; He said, "It is written", "It is said", "Have ye not read". He never once said, "I think" or I believe". Jesus KNEW the O.T. scriptures and He used them. It's not what we think or believe; it's what His word says. It's all about Him, not us.
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 12:25 AND JESUS KNEW THEIR THOUGHTS AND SAID UNTO THEM EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF IS BROUGHT TO DESOLATION AND EVERY CITY OR HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF SHALL NOT STAND

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