Matthew 12:43

Overview - Matthew 12
Christ reproves the blindness of the Pharisees concerning the breach of the sabbath,
by scripture,
by reason,
13 and by a miracle.
22 He heals a man possessed that was blind and dumb;
24 and confuting the absurd charge of casting out devils by Beelzebub, he shows that blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall never be forgiven.
36 Account shall be made of idle words.
38 He rebukes the unfaithful, who seek after a sign,
46 and shows who is his brother, sister, and mother.
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Matthew 12:43  (King James Version)
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

Had there been no reality in demoniacal possessions, as some have supposed, our Lord would scarcely have appealed to a case of this kind here, to point out the real state of the Jewish people, and their approaching desolation. Had this been only a vulgar error, of the nonsense of which the learned scribes and wise Pharisees must have been convinced, the case, not being in point, because not true, must have been treated with contempt by the very people for whose conviction it was designed.

the unclean
Luke 11:24 ; Acts 8:13

Job 1:7 ; 2:2 1 Peter 5:8

Psalms 63:1 ; Isaiah 35:6 Isaiah 35:7 ; 41:18 Ezekiel 47:8-12 ; Amos 8:11-13

8:29 Mark 5:7-13 ; Luke 8:28-32