“When the unclean spirit
His former home
And put in order.”
καὶ ἐλθὸν εὑρίσκει σεσαρωμένον καὶ κεκοσμημένον.
Luke indicated that Jesus said that when this unclean spirit came back (καὶ ἐλθὸν), he found (εὑρίσκει) that his former home had been swept (σεσαρωμένον) and put in order (σεσαρωμένον). This saying about the returning unclean spirit can be found also, almost word for word, in Matthew, chapter 12:44, indicating a Q source. Nothing had been put in its place, because this unclean spirit found it empty or unoccupied (καὶ ἐλθὸν εὑρίσκει σχολάζοντα), swept clean (καὶ σεσαρωμένον) and in order, newly decorated (καὶ κεκοσμημένον). Matthew indicated that the house was empty, something that Luke did not mention. Have you ever returned to an empty house?