Luke 11:24

24 "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but not finding any, it says, "I will return to my house from which I came.'

Luke 11:24 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 11:24

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man
That is, the devil, who is in, and works in the children of disobedience, whether under a profession of religion or not; whose hearts are unclean like himself, wherefore there he delights to dwell; and so the Ethiopic version renders it, "the evil demon": who may be said to go out of a man in appearance, when he outwardly reforms and takes up a profession of religion.

He walketh through dry places;
or "a desert", as the Ethiopic version; to which the Gentile world is sometimes compared in the Old Testament ( Isaiah 35:1 ) ( Isaiah 41:18 Isaiah 41:19 ) ( 42:11 ) whither Satan might go, being disturbed in Judea, through the many dispossessions by Christ; or rather leaving for a while the Scribes and Pharisees, who outwardly appeared righteous before men, he went to the Gentiles;

seeking rest, and finding none;
being also made uneasy among them, through the preaching of the Gospel, which was sent unto them after Christ's resurrection; and not being able to keep his place in the hearts of men, nor do the mischief he was desirous of.

He saith, I will return unto my house, whence I came out;
to the Jews again, who were blinded and filled with rage and enmity to the Gospel by him, and whom he instigated to persecute the apostles of Christ, and preachers of the word, wherever they came; (See Gill on Matthew 12:43) and (See Gill on Matthew 12:44).

Luke 11:24 In-Context

22 But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his plunder.
23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
24 "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but not finding any, it says, "I will return to my house from which I came.'
25 When it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.
26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first."