Luke 21:34
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New International Version
"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.

New Living Translation
"Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware,

English Standard Version
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.

New American Standard Bible
"Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

King James Bible
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly

International Standard Version
"Constantly be on your guard so that your hearts will not be loaded down with self-indulgence, drunkenness, and the worries of this life, or that day will take you by surprise

NET Bible
"But be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But beware in your souls that your hearts never grow cold with gluttony and with drunkenness and with the cares of the world, and suddenly it shall come upon you that day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Make sure that you don't become drunk, hung over, and worried about life. Then that day could suddenly catch you by surprise

Jubilee Bible 2000
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with excess and drunkenness and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

King James 2000 Bible
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be weighed down with carousing, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

American King James Version
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come on you unawares.

American Standard Version
But take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly.

Darby Bible Translation
But take heed to yourselves lest possibly your hearts be laden with surfeiting and drinking and cares of life, and that day come upon you suddenly unawares;

English Revised Version
But take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare:

Webster's Bible Translation
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

Weymouth New Testament
"But take heed to yourselves, lest your souls be weighed down with self-indulgence and drunkenness or the anxieties of this life, and that day come upon you, suddenly, like a falling trap;

World English Bible
"So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day will come on you suddenly.

Young's Literal Translation
'And take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts may be weighed down with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day may come on you,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:29-38 Christ tells his disciples to observe the signs of the times, which they might judge by. He charges them to look upon the ruin of the Jewish nation as near. Yet this race and family of Abraham shall not be rooted out; it shall survive as a nation, and be found as prophesied, when the Son of man shall be revealed. He cautions them against being secure and sensual. This command is given to all Christ's disciples, Take heed to yourselves, that ye be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by your own corruptions. We cannot be safe, if we are carnally secure. Our danger is, lest the day of death and of judgment should come upon us when we are not prepared. Lest, when we are called to meet our Lord, that be the furthest from our thoughts, which ought to be nearest our hearts. For so it will come upon the most of men, who dwell upon the earth, and mind earthly things only, and have no converse with heaven. It will be a terror and a destruction to them. Here see what should be our aim, that we may be accounted worthy to escape all those things; that when the judgements of God are abroad, we may not be in the common calamity, or it may not be that to us which it is to others. Do you ask how you may be found worthy to stand before Christ at that day? Those who never yet sought Christ, let them now go unto him; those who never yet were humbled for their sins, let them now begin; those who have already begun, let them go forward and be kept humbled. Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ's word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - And take heed to yourselves. The Master ended his discourse with an earnest practical reminder to his disciples to live ever with the sure expectation of his return to judgment. As for those who heard him then, conscious of the oncoming doom of the city, temple, and people, with the solemn procession of signs heralding the impending ruin ever before their eyes, no passions or cares of earth surely would hinder them from living the brave, pure life worthy of his servants. As for coming generations - for the warning voice of Jesus here is equally addressed to them - they too must watch for another and far more tremendous ruin falling upon their homes than ever fell upon Jerusalem. The attitude of his people in every age must be that of the "watcher" till he come.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And take heed to yourselves,.... To your souls and bodies, to your lives and conversations; be upon your watch and guard:

lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness; with excessive eating and drinking; for these, as they oppress and burden the stomach, and disorder the body, so they stupefy the senses, and make the mind dull and heavy, and unfit for spiritual and religious exercises; such as reading, meditation, and prayer:

and cares of this life; concealing food and clothing, what you shall eat or drink, or wherewith ye shall be clothed; all such anxious and worldly cares, being that to the soul, as intemperance is to the body; for there is such a thing as being inebriated with the world, as well as with wine:

and so that day come upon you unawares; the day of Jerusalem's destruction; and this suggests, that such would be the carnality and security of some persons, and so they would be surprised with ruin at once; see Luke 17:26.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34-37. surfeiting, and drunkenness—All animal excesses, quenching spirituality.

cares of this life—(See on [1714]Mr 4:7; [1715]Mr 4:19).

Luke 21:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
Be Watchful
34"Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.…
Cross References
Genesis 19:32
Let's get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father."

Proverbs 23:20
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,

Ecclesiastes 9:12
Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.

Matthew 24:42
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Mark 4:19
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Luke 12:40
You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

Luke 12:45
But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk.

Luke 21:35
For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth.

Romans 13:13
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

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

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
Treasury of Scripture

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come on you unawares.

take.

Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that you be not deceived: for many shall come …

Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If your brother trespass against you, rebuke …

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; …

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

your hearts.

Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; …

Leviticus 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, you, nor your sons with you, …

Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are …

Isaiah 56:10-12 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Hosea 4:11 Prostitution and wine and new wine take away the heart.

Romans 13:11-13 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…

1 Peter 4:3-7 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

surfeiting.

Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that …

1 Samuel 25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, …

Isaiah 28:1-3 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious …

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that …

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, …

Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, …

cares.

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have …

Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are careful …

Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the …

Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and …

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

that day.

Luke 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for …

Psalm 35:8 Let destruction come on him at unawares; and let his net that he …

Matthew 24:39-50 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall …

Mark 13:35-37 Watch you therefore: for you know not when the master of the house …

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

2 Peter 3:10,14 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, …

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