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Matthew 12:29

    Matthew 12:29 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man ? and then he will spoil his house.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Or how may one go into a strong man's house and take his goods, if he does not first put cords round the strong man? and then he may take his goods.

    Webster's Revision

    Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man ? and then he will spoil his house.

    World English Bible

    Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man? Then he will plunder his house.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

    Definitions for Matthew 12:29

    Spoil - Booty; prey.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 12:29

    Else how can one enter into a strong man's house - Men, through sin, are become the very house and dwelling place of Satan, having of their own accord surrendered themselves to this unjust possessor; for whoever gives up his soul to sin gives it up to the devil. It is Jesus, and Jesus alone, who can deliver from the power of this bondage. When Satan is cast out, Jesus purifies and dwells in the heart.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 12:29

    Or else ... - The Saviour makes use of a new illustration to confute the Pharisees, drawn from breaking into a house.

    A man could not break into the house of a strong man and take his property unless he had rendered the man himself helpless. If he had taken his goods, it would therefore be sufficient proof that he had bound the man. So I, says he, have taken this "property - this possessed person" - from the dominion of Satan. It is clear proof that I have subdued "Satan himself," the "strong" being that had him in possession. The words "or else" mean "or how:" "How, or in what way, can one, etc."

    Spoil his goods - The word "spoil" commonly means, now, to corrupt, injure, or destroy. Here it means "to plunder," to take with violence, as it commonly does in the Bible. See Colossians 2:8, Colossians 2:15; Exodus 3:22.