1 Thessalonians 5:2
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New International Version
for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

New Living Translation
For you know quite well that the day of the Lord's return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

English Standard Version
For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Berean Study Bible
For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Berean Literal Bible
For you yourselves fully know that the day of the Lord comes in this manner, as a thief by night.

New American Standard Bible
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

King James Bible
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

International Standard Version
for you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

NET Bible
For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come in the same way as a thief in the night.

New Heart English Bible
For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you truly know that the day of our Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

New American Standard 1977
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For ye know well that the day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night.

King James 2000 Bible
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

American King James Version
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

American Standard Version
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night.

Darby Bible Translation
for ye know perfectly well yourselves, that the day of [the] Lord so comes as a thief by night.

English Revised Version
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Webster's Bible Translation
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Weymouth New Testament
For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

World English Bible
For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

Young's Literal Translation
for yourselves have known thoroughly that the day of the Lord as a thief in the night doth so come,
Study Bible
The Day of the Lord
1Now about the times and seasons, brothers, we do not need to write to you. 2For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.…
Cross References
Luke 21:34
But watch yourselves, or your hearts will be weighed down by dissipation, drunkenness, and the worries of life--and that day will spring upon you suddenly like a snare.

1 Corinthians 1:8
He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief.

2 Thessalonians 2:2
not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any spirit or message or letter presuming to be from us and alleging that the day of the Lord has already come.

2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be dissolved in the fire, and the earth and its works will not be found.

Revelation 3:3
Remember, then, what you have received and heard. Keep it and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know the hour when I will come upon you.

Revelation 16:15
"Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who remains awake and clothed, so that he will not go naked and let his shame be exposed."
Treasury of Scripture

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

know.

Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and …

the day.

Matthew 24:42-44 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come…

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein …

Mark 13:34,35 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his …

Luke 12:39,40 And this know, that if the manager of the house had known what hour …

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the …

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps …

(2) Know perfectly.--Or, accurately. There is something of an oxymoron (see Note on 1Thessalonians 4:11) here. "I need not tell you about the time, for you know to a nicety--not the hour of Christ's coming, but--the utter uncertainty respecting it." The word shows at the same time with what scrupulous care St. Paul had instructed them on this topic.

The day of the Lord.--Here "the Lord" (as usual in the New Testament) means Jesus Christ; and this day can mean nothing else than the great day of His return to judgment. The expression is taken from the Old Testament, where, of course, it does not primarily mean what we call "the Day of Judgment," but the set time which God has fixed for any great visitation. Thus in Joel 2:1, et seq., it means the time appointed for the plague of locusts; in Ezekiel 13:5, generally, any day when God visits His people; in Joel 3:14, the fixed time for vengeance to be taken upon the heathen for persecuting the Church; which, in Isaiah 2:12 (a passage largely influenced by recollections of Joel), seems to widen into a general day of judgment for mankind.

Cometh.--Not merely, will come; it is an absolute certainty that the time is on its way to come. (See Note on 1Thessalonians 1:10.)

As a thief in the night--i.e. unexpectedly (Matthew 24:43), and under cover of darkness. The frequency of the simile (see references) throws light on the words "know perfectly," making it apparent that it was the ordinary formula in which the doctrine was universally taught by the Apostles.

Verse 2. - For yourselves know perfectly; namely, not from Scripture, nor from oral tradition, but from the teaching of the apostle when in Thessalonica. That the day of the Lord. "The day of the Lord" is a common Old Testament expression, denoting the coming of the Divine judgments (Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1); and by the phrase here is meant, not the destruction of Jerusalem, nor the day of one's death, but the day of the Lord's advent, when Christ shall descend from heaven in glory for the resurrection of the dead and the judgment of the world. The idea of judgment is contained in the term "day." So cometh as a thief in the night. The same comparison is used by our Lord himself (Matthew 24:43; Luke 12:39), and the very words are employed by Peter (2 Peter 3:10). The point of resemblance is evidently the unexpectedness and suddenness of the coming. The thief comes upon people in the night season, when they are asleep and unprepared; so, in a similar manner, when Christ comes, he will find the world unprepared and not expecting his advent. The ancient Fathers inferred from this passage that Christ would come to judgment in the night season, and hence they instituted vigils, or night watches. Some, still more precisely, fixed the coming on Easter night, from the analogy of the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt on the paschal evening. For yourselves know perfectly,.... With great exactness and accuracy, with great clearness and perspicuity, as a certain truth, which was made plain and evident to them, and about which there could be no question; and which perfect knowledge they had, either from the words of Christ, Matthew 24:42, or from the ministration of the apostle and his fellow labourers, when among them:

that the day of the Lord; of the Lord Jesus, when he will show himself to be King of kings, and Lord of lords, and the Judge of the whole earth; and which is sometimes styled the day of the Son of man, and the day of God, for Christ will appear then most gloriously, both in his divine and human nature; the day of redemption, that is, of the body from the grave, and from corruption and mortality; and the last day in which will be the resurrection of the dead, and the day of judgment, in which Christ will come to judge the quick and dead: and which

so cometh as a thief in the night; at an unawares, and the Lord himself in that day will so come, Revelation 3:3 respect is had not to the character of the thief, nor to the end of his coming; but to the manner of it, in the dark, indiscernibly, suddenly, and when not thought of and looked for; and such will be the coming of Christ, it will be sudden, and unknown before hand, and when least thought of and expected: and since the Thessalonians knew this full well, it was needless for the apostle to write about the time and season of it; which they were sensible of, could no more be known and fixed, than the coming of a thief into anyone of their houses. 2. as a thief in the night—The apostles in this image follow the parable of their Lord, expressing how the Lord's coming shall take men by surprise (Mt 24:43; 2Pe 3:10). "The night is wherever there is quiet unconcern" [Bengel]. "At midnight" (perhaps figurative: to some parts of the earth it will be literal night), Mt 25:6. The thief not only gives no notice of his approach but takes all precaution to prevent the household knowing of it. So the Lord (Re 16:15). Signs will precede the coming, to confirm the patient hope of the watchful believer; but the coming itself shall be sudden at last (Mt 24:32-36; Lu 21:25-32, 35).5:1-5 It is needless or useless to ask about the particular time of Christ's coming. Christ did not reveal this to the apostles. There are times and seasons for us to work in, and these are our duty and interest to know and observe; but as to the time when we must give up our account, we know it not, nor is it needful that we should. The coming of Christ will be a great surprise to men. Our Lord himself said so. As the hour of death is the same to each person that the judgment will be to mankind in general, so the same remarks answer for both. Christ's coming will be terrible to the ungodly. Their destruction will overtake them while they dream of happiness, and please themselves with vain amusements. There will be no means to escape the terror or the punishment of that day. This day will be a happy day to the righteous. They are not in darkness; they are the children of the light. It is the happy condition of all true Christians. But how many are speaking peace and safety to themselves, over whose heads utter destruction is hovering! Let us endeavour to awaken ourselves and each other, and guard against our spiritual enemies.
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