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

King James Bible
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathers not with me scatters.

World English Bible
"He who is not with me is against me, and he who doesn't gather with me, scatters.

Young's Literal Translation
'He who is not with me is against me, and he who is not gathering with me, doth scatter.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that is not with me is against me - In vain do men seek for methods to reconcile God and mammon. There is no medium between loving the Lord and being his enemy - between belonging to Christ or to Satan. If we be on the side of the devil, we must expect to go to the devil's hell; if we be on the side of Christ, we may expect to go to his heaven. When Christ, his truth, and his servants are assaulted, he who does not espouse their cause is not on Christ's side, but incurs the guilt of deserting and betraying him. There are many, (it is to be feared), in the world who are really against Christ, and scatter abroad, who flatter themselves that they are workers together with him, and of the number of his friends!

Scattereth abroad - This seems to have been a proverbial form of speech, and may be a metaphor taken from shepherds. He who does not help the true shepherd to gather his flock into the fold is, most likely, one who wishes to scatter them, that he may have the opportunity of stealing and destroying them. I do not find any parallel to this proverbial mode of speech in the Jewish rabbins, if it be one, nor have I met with it among the Greek or Roman writers.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one...

Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold...

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve...

1 Chronicles 12:17,18 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, If you be come peaceably to me to help me, my heart shall be knit to you...

Mark 9:40 For he that is not against us is on our part.

Luke 9:50 And Jesus said to him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathers not with me scatters.

2 Corinthians 6:15,16 And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel...

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us...

Revelation 3:15,16 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot...


Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come...

Hosea 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head...

John 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

An Attempt to Account for Jesus
'But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub, the prince of the demons.'--MATT. xii. 24. Mark's Gospel tells us that this astonishing explanation of Christ and His work was due to the ingenious malice of an ecclesiastical deputation, sent down from Jerusalem to prevent the simple folk in Galilee from being led away by this new Teacher. They must have been very hard put to it to explain undeniable but unwelcome facts, when they hazarded such a preposterous
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

'A Greater than Solomon'
'A greater than Solomon is here.'--MATT. xii. 42. It is condescension in Him to compare Himself with any; yet if any might have been selected, it is that great name. To the Jews Solomon is an ideal figure, who appealed so strongly to popular imagination as to become the centre of endless legends; whose dominion was the very apex of national glory, in recounting whose splendours the historical books seem to be scarce able to restrain their triumph and pride. I. The Man. The story gives us a richly
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

What are Evidences of Backsliding in Heart.
1. Manifest formality in religious exercises. A stereotyped, formal way of saying and doing things, that is clearly the result of habit, rather than the outgushing of the religious life. This formality will be emotionless and cold as an iceberg, and will evince a total want of earnestness in the performance of religious duty. In prayer and in religious exercises the backslider in heart will pray or praise, or confess, or give thanks with his lips, so that all can hear him, perhaps, but in such a
Charles G. Finney—The Backslider in Heart

Lesser and Fuller Forms.
Moreover, we have endeavoured to use the fullest form, including the words of those Gospels which have the lesser forms of sentences, except where the sentence ends in a period, in which case have given the least form, so that the larger form of the other Gospels might be made apparent; as, for instance, this sentence, taken from Matt. xii. 47; Mark iii. 32; Luke viii. 20: ^c 20 And it was told him, ^a Behold, thy mother and thy brethren bseek for thee. ^c stand without desiring to see thee. ^a seeking
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Proverbs 11:24
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

Matthew 12:29
"Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

Mark 9:40
for whoever is not against us is for us.

Luke 9:50
"Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."

Luke 11:23
"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

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