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Matthew 11:12

    Matthew 11:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and men of violence take it by force.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    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.

    Webster's Revision

    And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and men of violence take it by force.

    World English Bible

    From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and men of violence take it by force.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 11:12

    The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence - The tax-gatherers and heathens, whom the scribes and Pharisees think have no right to the kingdom of the Messiah, filled with holy zeal and earnestness, seize at once on the proffered mercy of the Gospel, and so take the kingdom as by force from those learned doctors who claimed for themselves the chiefest places in that kingdom. Christ himself said, The tax-gatherers and harlots go before you into the kingdom of God. See the parallel place, Luke 7:28-30. He that will take, get possession of the kingdom of righteousness, peace, and spiritual joy, must be in earnest: all hell will oppose him in every step he takes; and if a man be not absolutely determined to give up his sins and evil companions, and have his soul saved at all hazards, and at every expense, he will surely perish everlastingly. This requires a violent earnestness.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 11:12

    And from the days of John ... - That is, from the days when John began to preach. It is not known how long this was, but it was not probably more than a year. Our Saviour here simply states a fact. He says there was a great rush or a crowd pressing to hear John. Multitudes went out to hear him, as if they were about to take the kingdom of heaven by force. See Matthew 3:5. So, he says, it has continued. Since "the kingdom of heaven," or "the gospel," has been preached, there has been a "rush" to it. People have been "earnest" about it; they have come "pressing" to obtain the blessing, as if they would take it by violence. There is allusion here to the manner in which cities were taken. Besiegers "pressed" upon them with violence and demolished the walls. With such "earnestness" and "violence," he says, people had pressed around him and John since they began to preach. There is no allusion here to the manner in which individual sinners seek salvation, but it is a simple record of the fact that multitudes had thronged around him and John to hear the gospel.

    Wesley's Notes on 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.