Matthew 12:29
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English Standard Version
Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.

King James Bible
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
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or how can any one enter into the house of the strong, and rifle his goods, unless he first bind the strong? and then he will rifle his house.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Or else, how can one enter into a strong man's house, and seize his goods, except he shall first bind the strong man? and then he will plunder his house.

Weymouth New Testament
Again, how can any one enter the house of a strong man and carry off his goods, unless first of all he masters and secures the strong man: then he will ransack his house.

Matthew 12:29 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Of a strong man (τοῦ ἰσχυροῦ)

Rev. rightly gives the force of the article, the strong man. Christ is not citing a general illustration, but is pointing to a specific enemy - Satan. How can I despoil Satan without first having conquered him?

Goods (σκεύη)

The word originally means a vessel, and so mostly in the New Testament. See Mark 11:16; John 19:29. But also the entire equipment of a house, collectively: chattels, house-gear. Also the baggage of an army. Here in the sense of house-gear. Compare Luke 17:31; Acts 27:17, of the gear or tackling of the ship. Rev., lowered the gear.

Matthew 12:29 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Isaiah 49:24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong...

Mark 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man...

Luke 11:21,22 When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace...

1 John 3:8 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested...

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Revelation 12:7-10 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels...

Revelation 20:1-3,7-9 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand...

Cross References
Isaiah 49:24
Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?

Matthew 12:28
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Matthew 12:30
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Mark 3:27
But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.

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