Matthew 12:44

Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then he saith, I will returne into my house from whence I came out; And when he is come, he findeth it emptie, swept, and garnished.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came'; and when it comes, it finds {it} unoccupied, swept, and put in order.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then he saith, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then he says, I will go back into my house from which I came out; and when he comes, he sees that there is no one in it, but that it has been made fair and clean.
- Basic English Bible

Then he says, I will return to my house whence I came out; and having come, he finds [it] unoccupied, swept, and adorned.
- Darby Bible

Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
- Webster's Bible

Then he says, `I will return to my house that I left;' and he comes and finds it unoccupied, swept clean, and in good order.
- Weymouth Bible

Then he says, 'I will return into my house from which I came out,' and when he has come back, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
- World English Bible

Thanne he seith, Y shal turne ayen in to myn hous, fro whannys Y wente out. And he cometh, and fyndith it voide, and clensid with besyms, and maad faire.
- Wycliffe Bible

then it saith, I will turn back to my house whence I came forth; and having come, it findeth [it] unoccupied, swept, and adorned:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 12:44


12:44 Whence he came out - He speaks as if he had come out of his own accord: See his pride! He findeth it empty - of God, of Christ, of his Spirit: Swept - from love, lowliness, meekness, and all the fruits of the Spirit: And garnished - With levity and security: so that there is nothing to keep him out, and much to invite him in.


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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