Matthew 17:21

King James Bible
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

New King James Version
However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

New American Standard Bible

NASB 1995
“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

NASB 1977
[“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]

Amplified Bible
[But this kind of demon does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”

American Standard Version
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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But this kind does not go out except by fasting and by prayer.”

Douay-Rheims Bible
But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.

International Standard Version
But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting."

Literal Standard Version
[[and this kind does not go forth except in prayer and fasting.”]]

New American Bible

Weymouth New Testament
But an evil spirit of this kind is only driven out by prayer and fasting."

World English Bible
But this kind doesn't go out except by prayer and fasting."

Young's Literal Translation
and this kind doth not go forth except in prayer and fasting.'

Additional Translations ...
The Boy with a Demon

Cross References
Mark 9:29
Jesus answered, "This kind cannot come out, except by prayer."

Matthew 17:22
When they gathered together in Galilee, Jesus told them, "The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.

Treasury of Scripture

However, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.


Matthew 12:45
Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.


1 Kings 17:20,21
And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? …

Daniel 9:3
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Mark 9:29
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

(21) This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.--The words imply degrees in the intensity of the forms of evil ascribed to demons amounting to a generic difference. Some might yield before the energy of a human will, and the power of the divine Name, and the prayers even of a weak faith. Some, like that which comes before us here, required a greater intensity of the spiritual life, to be gained by the "prayer and fasting" of which our Lord speaks. The circumstances of the case render it probable that our Lord himself had vouchsafed to fulfil both the conditions. The disciples, we know, did not as yet fast (Matthew 9:14-15), and the facts imply that they had been weak and remiss in prayer. The words are noticeable as testifying to the real ground and motive for "fasting," and to the gain for the higher life to be obtained, when it was accompanied by true prayer, by this act of conquest over the lower nature. So St. Peter's vision (Acts 10:9-10), and the appointment of Paul and Barnabas by the direct guidance of the Spirit (Acts 13:2), are both connected with fasting. And St. Paul, besides the "hunger and thirst" that came upon him as the incidents of his mission-work, speaks of himself as "in fastings often" (2Corinthians 11:27).

Verse 21. - This verse is omitted in many good manuscripts and by the Revised Version, it being considered to have been introduced from the parallel passage of St. Mark. It gives the second reason for the failure of the nine. This kind... fasting. Though all things are possible to faith, some works are more difficult of accomplishment than others. This kind can mean only this kind of evil spirit, or demons generally. But the latter interpretation is excluded by the fact that the apostles had already exercised successfully their power over devils without special prayer or fasting. The words point to a truth in the spiritual world, that there are different degrees in the Satanic hierarchy (comp. Matthew 12:45); some demons are more malignant than others, and have greater power over the souls of men. In the present case the possession was of long standing; it revolved a terrible bodily malady; it was of an intense and unusual character. The mere word of exorcism, or the name of Jesus, spoken with little spiritual faith, could net overcome the mighty enemy. The exorcist needed special preparation; he must inspire and augment his faith by prayer and self-discipline. Prayer invokes the aid of God, and puts one's self unreservedly in his hands; fasting subdues the flesh, arouses the soul's energies, brings into exercise the higher parts of man's nature. Thus equipped, a man is open to receive power from on high, and can quell the assaults of the evil one.

Parallel Commentaries ...

δὲ (de)
Strong's 1161: A weak adversative particle, generally placed second in its clause; but, on the other hand, and.

Τοῦτο (Touto)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

γένος (genos)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 1085: Offspring, family, race, nation, kind.

does not go out,
ἐκπορεύεται (ekporeuetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1607: To depart from; to be voided, cast out; to proceed from, to be spoken; to burst forth, flow out, to be spread abroad.

εἰ (ei)
Strong's 1487: If.

ἐν (en)
Strong's 1722: In, on, among.

προσευχῇ (proseuchē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4336: (a) prayer (to God), (b) a place for prayer (used by Jews, perhaps where there was no synagogue).

καὶ (kai)
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

νηστείᾳ (nēsteia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3521: Fasting, the day of atonement.

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