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Matthew 24:36-44King James Version (KJV)

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Matthew 24:36-44Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

36 But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

37 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

38 For just as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, [men] marrying and [women] being given in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah went into the ark,

39 And they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away—so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

40 At that time two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.

41 Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

42 Watch therefore [[a]give strict attention, be cautious and active], for you do not know in what kind of a day [[b]whether a near or remote one] your Lord is coming.

43 But understand this: had the householder known in what [part of the night, whether in a [c]night or a morning] watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be [d]undermined and broken into.

44 You also must be ready therefore, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 24:42 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  2. Matthew 24:42 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
  3. Matthew 24:43 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
  4. Matthew 24:43 John Wycliffe, The Wycliffe Bible.
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Matthew 24:36-44Living Bible (TLB)

36 But no one knows the date and hour when the end will be—not even the angels. No, nor even God’s Son.[a] Only the Father knows.

37-38 “The world will be at ease[b]—banquets and parties and weddings—just as it was in Noah’s time before the sudden coming of the Flood; 39 people wouldn’t believe[c] what was going to happen until the Flood actually arrived and took them all away. So shall my coming be.

40 “Two men will be working together in the fields, and one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be going about their household tasks; one will be taken, the other left.

42 “So be prepared, for you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

43 “Just as a man can prevent trouble from thieves by keeping watch for them, 44 so you can avoid trouble by always being ready for my unannounced return.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 24:36 No, nor even God’s Son, literally, “Neither the Son.” Many ancient manuscripts omit this phrase.
  2. Matthew 24:37 The world will be at ease, implied.
  3. Matthew 24:39 wouldn’t believe, literally, “knew not.”
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