Mark 13:33
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New International Version
Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.

New Living Translation
And since you don't know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!

English Standard Version
Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.

New American Standard Bible
"Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.

King James Bible
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Watch! Be alert! For you don't know when the time is coming.

International Standard Version
Be careful! Watch out! Because you don't know when the time will come.

NET Bible
Watch out! Stay alert! For you do not know when the time will come.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Take heed, watch and pray, for you do not know when that time is.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be careful! Watch! You don't know the exact time.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know not when the time shall be.

King James 2000 Bible
Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is.

American King James Version
Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is.

American Standard Version
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take ye heed, watch and pray. For ye know not when the time is.

Darby Bible Translation
Take heed, watch and pray, for ye do not know when the time is:

English Revised Version
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Weymouth New Testament
Take care, be on the alert, and pray; for you do not know when it will happen.

World English Bible
Watch, keep alert, and pray; for you don't know when the time is.

Young's Literal Translation
Take heed, watch and pray, for ye have not known when the time is;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:28-37 We have the application of this prophetic sermon. As to the destruction of Jerusalem, expect it to come very shortly. As to the end of the world, do not inquire when it will come, for of that day and that hour knoweth no man. Christ, as God, could not be ignorant of anything; but the Divine wisdom which dwelt in our Saviour, communicated itself to his human soul according to the Divine pleasure. As to both, our duty is to watch and pray. Our Lord Jesus, when he ascended on high, left something for all his servants to do. We ought to be always upon our watch, in expectation of his return. This applies to Christ's coming to us at our death, as well as to the general judgment. We know not whether our Master will come in the days of youth, or middle age, or old age; but, as soon as we are born, we begin to die, and therefore we must expect death. Our great care must be, that, whenever our Lord comes, he may not find us secure, indulging in ease and sloth, mindless of our work and duty. He says to all, Watch, that you may be found in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 33-37. - These exhortations, which gather up in a succinct form the practical bearing of the parallel passages and parables in St. Matthew, must not be understood as implying that our Lord's coming in judgment would be during the lifetime of his disciples. The preceding words would teach them plainly enough that the actual time of this coming was hidden from the. m. But the intention was that, while by the certainty of the event their faith and hope would be quickened, by the uncertainty of the time they might be left in a continual state of watchfulness and prayer. According to the Jewish reckoning, there were only three watches - namely, the first watch, from sunset to 10 p.m.; the second watch, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and the third watch, from 2 a.m. to sunrise. But after the establishment of the Roman power in Judaea, these watches were divided into four; and were either described as the first, second, third, and fourth respectively; or, as here, by the terms even, beginning at six and ending at nine; midnight, ending at twelve; cockcrowing, ending at three; and morning, ending at six.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Take ye heed, watch and pray,.... This seems to be the principal reason why the day and hour of Jerusalem's destruction, though known by the Father, were not made known to any man, neither to the angels, nor by them; nor to the son of man in the days of his flesh, nor by him when on earth; that his people might be upon their guard, against false Christs, and prophets, and their deception; and watch unto prayer, and in it, lest they fell into temptation, and that day should come upon them unawares:

for ye know not when the time is; the exact and precise time: for though the people of God had notice of it, and were sensible it was at hand, and did make their escape out of Jerusalem; yet they knew not the exact time, but that it might be sooner or later; and the unbelieving Jews were blinded, and in the dark about it to the very last; See Gill on Matthew 24:42.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

33. Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know not when the time is.

Mark 13:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
Be Ready at Any Hour
32"But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 33"Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. 34"It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.…
Cross References
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 21:36
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

Ephesians 6:18
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Treasury of Scripture

Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is.

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Luke 12:40 Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour …

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Romans 13:11,12,14 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we …

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

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