Here are other uses by Matthew that I found where he uses that same verb form as in 11:12 for "suffers violence".
He knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste
, and no city or house divided against
itself will stand.
”Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known
by its fruit.
With them indeed is fulfilled
the prophecy of Isaiah that says: ‘You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but
yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately
Just as the weeds are collected
and burned up
with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called
Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out
into the sewer?
On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets.”
See, your house is left
to you, desolate.
Then two will be in the field; one will be taken
and one will be left
”You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over
to be crucified.”
The verb form indicates the present tense, so if the translation seems to be indicating past or future, it is artificial to fit modern
edit on 9-9-2012 by jmdewey60 because: add Bible quote: "For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God."