Mark 14:38
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New International Version
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

New Living Translation
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

English Standard Version
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

New American Standard Bible
"Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

King James Bible
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Stay awake and pray so that you won't enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

International Standard Version
All of you must stay awake and pray that you won't be tempted. The spirit is indeed willing, but the body is weak."

NET Bible
Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is willing and ready, but the body is weak.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stay awake, and pray that you won't be tempted. You want to do what's right, but you're weak."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Watch ye and pray; enter not into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is sick.

King James 2000 Bible
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

American King James Version
Watch you and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

American Standard Version
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Watch ye, and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Darby Bible Translation
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh weak.

English Revised Version
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Webster's Bible Translation
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

Weymouth New Testament
Be wakeful, all of you, and keep on praying, that you may not come into temptation: the spirit is right willing, but the body is frail."

World English Bible
Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Young's Literal Translation
Watch ye and pray, that ye may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is forward, but the flesh weak.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:32-42 Christ's sufferings began with the sorest of all, those in his soul. He began to be sorely amazed; words not used in St. Matthew, but very full of meaning. The terrors of God set themselves in array against him, and he allowed him to contemplate them. Never was sorrow like unto his at this time. Now he was made a curse for us; the curses of the law were laid upon him as our Surety. He now tasted death, in all the bitterness of it. This was that fear of which the apostle speaks, the natural fear of pain and death, at which human nature startles. Can we ever entertain favourable, or even slight thoughts of sin, when we see the painful sufferings which sin, though but reckoned to him, brought on the Lord Jesus? Shall that sit light upon our souls, which sat so heavy upon his? Was Christ in such agony for our sins, and shall we never be in agony about them? How should we look upon Him whom we have pierced, and mourn! It becomes us to be exceedingly sorrowful for sin, because He was so, and never to mock at it. Christ, as Man, pleaded, that, if it were possible, his sufferings might pass from him. As Mediator, he submitted to the will of God, saying, Nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt; I bid it welcome. See how the sinful weakness of Christ's disciples returns, and overpowers them. What heavy clogs these bodies of ours are to our souls! But when we see trouble at the door, we should get ready for it. Alas, even believers often look at the Redeemer's sufferings in a drowsy manner, and instead of being ready to die with Christ, they are not even prepared to watch with him one hour.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 38. - Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The great temptation of the disciples at that moment was to deny Christ under the influence of fear. And so our Lord gives here the true remedy against temptation of every kind; namely, watchfulness and prayer - watchfulness, against the craft and subtlety of the devil or man; and prayer, for the Divine help to overcome. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Here our Lord graciously finds excuses for them. It is as though he said, "I know that in heart and mind you are ready to cleave to me, even though the Jews should threaten you with death. But I know also that your flesh is weak. Pray, then, that the weakness of the flesh may not overcome the strength of the spirit." St. Jerome says, "In whatever degree we trust to the ardor of the spirit, in the same degree ought we to fear because of the infirmity of the flesh."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation,.... Of denying Christ, and falling off from him, which would quickly offer to them, when they should see him apprehended, bound, and led away.

The spirit truly is ready. The Persic version renders it, "my mind"; as if the Spirit or soul of Christ was meant; whereas it is either to be understood of the evil spirit, Satan, who was disposed to attack them, and especially Peter, whom he desired to have, and sift as wheat; or else the spirit of the disciples, their renewed spirit, which was ready and disposed watching and praying, and willing to abide by Christ:

but the flesh is weak; they were but flesh and blood, and so not a match of themselves for so powerful an adversary as Satan, and therefore had need to watch and pray; or "their body", as the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions render it, was weak, and subject to drowsiness and sleep; and especially they were weak and feeble, and very unequal of themselves for spiritual exercises, as they had flesh, or a corrupt nature in them; See Gill on Matthew 26:41.



Mark 14:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
37And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38"Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." 39Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:41
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Mark 14:37
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? Couldn't you keep watch for one hour?

Mark 14:39
Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.
Treasury of Scripture

Watch you and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

Watch.

Mark 14:34 And said to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful to death: tarry …

Matthew 24:42 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 …

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed …

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Luke 22:40,46 And when he was at the place, he said to them, Pray that you enter …

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

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

Revelation 3:2,3,10 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready …

The spirit.

Romans 7:18-25 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: …

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the …

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

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