New International Version
Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.
King James Bible
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Darby Bible Translation
Then he says, I will return to my house whence I came out; and having come, he finds [it] unoccupied, swept, and adorned.
World English Bible
Then he says, 'I will return into my house from which I came out,' and when he has come back, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
Young's Literal Translation
then it saith, I will turn back to my house whence I came forth; and having come, it findeth it unoccupied, swept, and adorned:
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Into my house - The soul of that person from whom he had been expelled by the power of Christ, and out of which he was to have been kept by continual prayer, faith, and watchfulness.
He findeth it empty - Unoccupied, σχολαζοντα, empty of the former inhabitant, and ready to receive a new one: denoting a soul that has lost the life and power of godliness, and the testimony of the Holy Spirit.
Swept and garnished - As σχολαζω signifies to be idle, or unemployed, it may refer here to the person, as well as to his state. His affections and desires are no longer busied with the things of God, but gad about, like an idle person, among the vanities of a perishing world. Swept, from love, meekness, and all the fruits of the Spirit; and garnished, or adorned, κεκοσμημενον, decorated, with the vain showy trifles of folly and fashion. This may comprise also smart speeches, cunning repartees, etc., for which many who have lost the life of God are very remarkable.
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What are Evidences of Backsliding in Heart.
Lesser and Fuller Forms.
"When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.
Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.
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