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
    BSP; Verse 38 (reply); This is an extremely important point! We see the world is bursting with wanna-be prophets, false teachers, and misguided UN-Spirit-filled expounders of the times; while the Lord said, that the only sign really given to them by God, is the one they all categorically despise and reject; which id the preaching of the cross of Christ. So for all those, all is done in parables.
  • BSP
    Verse 38~The Pharisees wanted to see a sign, but Jesus did not give them one. Jesus recognized that their motives and intentions were not pure so they did not receive a sign.
  • BSP
    Verses 48-50~Jesus showed that in the congregation we should have a loving and family-like atmosphere. We must strive to cultivate deep love for one another.
  • Nichelle Clark
    Either you are for Christ or against Christ, and those whom are against Him shall be scattered abroad. They say they believe in His word but, their hearts believed not in Him. All glory and honor much be given to God the Father, in Jesus name. Amen
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 1:30 but of HIM are you in CHRIST JESUS who of GOD is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption --1:31-- that according as it is written he that glorieth let him glory in THE LORD EZEKIEL 13:3 thus saith THE LORD GOD woe unto the fooloish prophets that follow their own spirit --- and have seen nothing GALATIANS 3:3 are you so foolish having begun in the spirit are you now --- made perfect by the flesh --- JOHN 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life HEBREWS 9:14 how much more shall the blood of CHRIST who through --- the eternal spirit --- offered himself without spot to GOD purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living GOD 2 PETER 3:14 wherefore brethren seeing that you look for such things be diligent that you may be found of HIM in peace without spot and blameless
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 12:36 but I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement --12:37-- for by thy words thou shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned PROVERBS 18:21 death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

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