Ready for the Master’s Return

35 “Be ready for service[a] and have your lamps lit.(A) 36 You must be like people waiting for their master(B) to return[b] from the wedding banquet(C) so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.(D) 37 Those slaves the master will find alert(E) when he comes will be blessed. I assure you: He will get ready,[c] have them recline at the table, then come and serve them.(F) 38 If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn,[d] and finds them alert, those slaves are blessed. 39 But know this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming,(G) he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also be ready,(H) because the Son of Man(I) is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”(J)

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 12:35 Lit Let your loins be girded; an idiom for tying up loose outer clothing in preparation for action; Ex 12:11
  2. Luke 12:36 Lit master, when he should return
  3. Luke 12:37 Lit will gird himself
  4. Luke 12:38 Lit even in the second or third watch

For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord(A) will come just like a thief(B) in the night.

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So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be serious. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, we must be serious(A) and put the armor(B) of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet(C) of the hope of salvation.

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