Luke 12:36
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New International Version
like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.

New Living Translation
as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.

English Standard Version
and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.

Berean Study Bible
Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.

Berean Literal Bible
And you, like to men waiting for their master, whenever he shall return from the wedding feasts, that having come and having knocked, they might open to him immediately.

New American Standard Bible
"Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.

King James Bible
And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.

International Standard Version
Be like people who are waiting for their master to return from a wedding. As soon as he arrives and knocks, they will open the door for him.

NET Bible
be like people waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.

New Heart English Bible
Be like people watching for their lord, when he returns from the marriage feast; that, when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Be like people waiting for their Lord when he will return from the wedding chamber, so that whenever he comes and knocks, they may open to him at once.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be like servants waiting to open the door at their master's knock when he returns from a wedding.

New American Standard 1977
“And be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open unto him immediately.

King James 2000 Bible
And you yourselves be like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open unto him immediately.

American King James Version
And you yourselves like to men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.

American Standard Version
and be ye yourselves like unto men looking for their lord, when he shall return from the marriage feast; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may straightway open unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately.

Darby Bible Translation
and ye like men who wait their own lord whenever he may leave the wedding, that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.

English Revised Version
and be ye yourselves like unto men looking for their lord, when he shall return from the marriage feast; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may straightway open unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye yourselves like men that wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately.

Weymouth New Testament
and be yourselves like men waiting for their master--on the look-out till he shall return from the wedding feast--that, when he comes and knocks, they may open the door instantly.

World English Bible
Be like men watching for their lord, when he returns from the marriage feast; that, when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye like to men waiting for their lord, when he shall return out of the wedding feasts, that he having come and knocked, immediately they may open to him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:22-40 Christ largely insisted upon this caution not to give way to disquieting, perplexing cares, Mt 6:25-34. The arguments here used are for our encouragement to cast our care upon God, which is the right way to get ease. As in our stature, so in our state, it is our wisdom to take it as it is. An eager, anxious pursuit of the things of this world, even necessary things, ill becomes the disciples of Christ. Fears must not prevail; when we frighten ourselves with thoughts of evil to come, and put ourselves upon needless cares how to avoid it. If we value the beauty of holiness, we shall not crave the luxuries of life. Let us then examine whether we belong to this little flock. Christ is our Master, and we are his servants; not only working servants, but waiting servants. We must be as men that wait for their lord, that sit up while he stays out late, to be ready to receive him. In this Christ alluded to his own ascension to heaven, his coming to call his people to him by death, and his return to judge the world. We are uncertain as to the time of his coming to us, we should therefore be always ready. If men thus take care of their houses, let us be thus wise for our souls. Be ye therefore ready also; as ready as the good man of the house would be, if he knew at what hour the thief would come.
Study Bible
Be Ready for Service
35Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning. 36Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. 37Blessed are those servants whom the master finds on watch when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve and will have them recline at the table, and he himself will come and wait on them.…
Cross References
Matthew 22:2
"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Mark 13:34
It is like a man going on a journey who left his house, put each servant in charge of his own task, and instructed the doorkeeper to keep watch.

Luke 12:35
Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning.

Luke 12:37
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds on watch when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve and will have them recline at the table, and he himself will come and wait on them.

Revelation 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.

Revelation 19:7
Let us rejoice and celebrate and give Him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.
Treasury of Scripture

And you yourselves like to men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.

men.

Luke 2:25-30 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; …

Genesis 49:18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived …

Lamentations 3:25,26 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him…

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

Mark 13:34-37 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his …

James 5:7,8 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

2 Peter 1:13-15 Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir …

Jude 1:20,21 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, …

return.

Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said,

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which …

when.

Songs 5:5,6 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, …

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, …

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