Luke 12:38
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New International Version
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.

New Living Translation
He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.

English Standard Version
If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!

Berean Study Bible
Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night and finds them alert, those servants will be blessed!

Berean Literal Bible
And if he comes in the second, and if in the third watch, and finds them thus, blessed are those!

New American Standard Bible
"Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

King James Bible
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, those slaves are blessed.

International Standard Version
How blessed they will be if their master comes in the middle of the night or near dawn and finds them awake!

NET Bible
Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night and finds them alert, blessed are those slaves!

New Heart English Bible
And if he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are they.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And if he will come in the second or third watch, and he will find them thus, blessings to those servants.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will be blessed if he comes in the middle of the night or toward morning and finds them awake.

New American Standard 1977
“Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if he shall come in the second watch or come in the third watch and find them so, blessed are those slaves.

King James 2000 Bible
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

American King James Version
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

American Standard Version
And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third, and find them'so blessed are those'servants .

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Darby Bible Translation
And if he come in the second watch, and come in the third watch, and find [them] thus, blessed are those [bondmen].

English Revised Version
And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Weymouth New Testament
And whether it be in the second watch or in the third that He comes and finds them so, blessed are they.

World English Bible
They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch, and finds them so.

Young's Literal Translation
and if he may come in the second watch, and in the third watch he may come, and may find it so, happy are those servants.
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
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. 38Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night and finds them alert, those servants will be blessed! 39But understand this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:43
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known in which watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

Luke 12:39
But understand this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
Treasury of Scripture

And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

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1 Thessalonians 5:4,5 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake …

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