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Matthew 8:16

8:16 When it was evening, many demon-possessed people were brought to him. He drove out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. 1 

Matthew 10:1

Sending Out the Twelve Apostles

10:1 Jesus 2  called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 3  so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 4 

Matthew 12:43-45

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

12:43 “When 5  an unclean spirit 6  goes out of a person, 7  it passes through waterless places 8  looking for rest but 9  does not find it. 12:44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 10  When it returns, 11  it finds the house 12  empty, swept clean, and put in order. 13  12:45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 14  the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!”

1 sn Note how the author distinguishes healing from exorcism here, implying that the two are not identical.

2 tn Grk “And he.”

3 sn Unclean spirits refers to evil spirits.

4 tn Grk “and every [kind of] sickness.” Here “every” was not repeated in the translation for stylistic reasons.

5 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

6 sn Unclean spirit refers to an evil spirit.

7 tn Grk “man.” This is a generic use of ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo"), referring to both males and females. This same use occurs in v. 45.

8 sn The background for the reference to waterless places is not entirely clear, though some Jewish texts suggest spirits must have a place to dwell, but not with water (Luke 8:29-31; Tob 8:3). Some suggest that the image of the desert or deserted cities as the places demons dwell is where this idea started (Isa 13:21; 34:14).

9 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.

10 tn Grk “I will return to my house from which I came.”

11 tn Grk “comes.”

12 tn The words “the house” are not in Greek but are implied.

13 sn The image of the house empty, swept clean, and put in order refers to the life of the person from whom the demon departed. The key to the example appears to be that no one else has been invited in to dwell. If an exorcism occurs and there is no response to God, then the way is free for the demon to return. Some see the reference to exorcism as more symbolic; thus the story’s only point is about responding to Jesus. This is possible and certainly is an application of the passage.

14 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the concluding point of the story.

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