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

  • Penni Carter
    It is so easy to get comfortable in idle chatter, but how can we say that we are good and love the Lord? God sees and hears what comes out of our mouths, and out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks. We are nothing but filthy rags just idly saying nothing about nothing. Although we may speak quietly where we think no one else can hear, God does! I know our world must repent for idle talk
  • A disciple
    Emanuel; I think it might be best to just let you be with your ideas for now; seeing you really don't seem to want anything else. The doctrine that proves sound is that which will support our overcoming this present evil world; both now, and in the Day of God. Let me leave you with this recommendation only; that you study carefully 2 Peter, especially the first chapter; as it is the foundation.
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    why dont you pray to God for discernment I actually study and meditate on the bible by reading these comments I see most of you just read it .THIS IS NOT MANS WORDS THIS IS GODS WORD. Reading is not good enough I medtitate DAILY. Study to shew thyself approved which your not dont know if your saved or a babe in christ. NOT A NOVICE BEING LIFTED UP WITH PRIDE!
  • A disciple
    Emanuel; I did read through carefully all that you wrote; and I'm saying that you are very mistaken! Jesus being here on earth or in heaven has nothing to do with whether men let Satan enter their hearts to blaspheme the Spirit. And the Lord said precisely without any room for confusion or misunderstanding: The Blasphemy of the Spirit HAS NO FORGIVENESS; not in this world, nor the next one coming!
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    If you actually read not skim my comments you would get my point. I said there is no way to blasphem and not be forgiven. You can blaspheme the Holy Ghost and be forgiven. The Pharisee we're not to be forgiven because Jesus was physically here on earth. That's the difference! Charamastic believe YOU CANT BE FORGIVEN TODAY WHICH IS WRONG. Does anyone TRULY LABOR IN THE WORD ANYMORE?
  • Jen
    2 Timothy 2:15.. There are different dispensations in the Bible, and the gospels are not written to Christians during the church age that we are now in. The blasphemy of the Holy Ghost was only possible to Jesus Christ when He was on the earth in bodily form; not the indwelling person of the Holy Ghost in born again believers today. It will also be when He comes on the earth again.

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