Matthew 24:44
Parallel Verses
New International Version
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

New Living Translation
You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

English Standard Version
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

New American Standard Bible
"For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

King James Bible
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is why you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

International Standard Version
So you, too, must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you are not expecting him."

NET Bible
Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, be also ready, because at the hour in which you are not expecting, The Son of Man will come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Therefore, you, too, must be ready because the Son of Man will return when you least expect him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore be ye also ready; the Son of man is to come in the hour that ye think not.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.

American King James Version
Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.

American Standard Version
Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore *ye* also, be ye ready, for in that hour that ye think not the Son of man comes.

English Revised Version
Therefore be ye also ready: for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore you also must be ready; for it is at a time when you do not expect Him that the Son of Man will come.

World English Bible
Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don't expect, the Son of Man will come.

Young's Literal Translation
because of this also ye, become ye ready, because in what hour ye do not think, the Son of Man doth come.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:42-51 To watch for Christ's coming, is to maintain that temper of mind which we would be willing that our Lord should find us in. We know we have but a little time to live, we cannot know that we have a long time to live; much less do we know the time fixed for the judgment. Our Lord's coming will be happy to those that shall be found ready, but very dreadful to those that are not. If a man, professing to be the servant of Christ, be an unbeliever, covetous, ambitious, or a lover of pleasure, he will be cut off. Those who choose the world for their portion in this life, will have hell for their portion in the other life. May our Lord, when he cometh, pronounce us blessed, and present us to the Father, washed in his blood, purified by his Spirit, and fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 44. - Therefore. Regarding the solemn example just given, taking it as applicable to spiritual things. The warning is of general obligation, and may be used by each individual Christian for his own benefit; for there is a sense in which the day of death is the coming of Christ, and as death leaves us so, as far as we know, judgment will find us.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore be ye also ready,.... Or prepared for the coming of the son of man; which as it is said to be like a thief in the night, expresses the suddenness of it, may excite to watchfulness and readiness; which readiness is to be understood, not of a readiness to do the will and work of God, though this is absolutely necessary; as to watch and pray, to hear the word preached, to confess Christ, and give a reason of the hope that is in us, to communicate to the support of the cause and interest of Christ, and to suffer for his sake; but of a preparedness to meet the Lord in the way of his judgments, when desolating judgments are coming on the earth, such as these in Jerusalem; by faith and trust in the power, providence, and care of God; by humiliation before him, and resignation to his will: and if this can be applied to a readiness for a future state after death; for the second coming of Christ, and last judgment; this lies not in a dependence on the absolute mercy of God; nor in an external humiliation for sin; nor in an abstinence from grosser sins, or in mere negative holiness; nor in any outward, legal, civil, and moral righteousness; nor in a submission to Gospel ordinances; nor in a mere profession of religion; but in being in Christ, having on his righteousness, and being washed in his blood; and also in regeneration and sanctification, in having true knowledge of Christ, and faith in him; for all which it becomes men to be concerned, as also all believers to be actually, as well as habitually ready; being in the lively exercise of grace, and cheerful discharge of duty, though without trusting to either. And such a readiness in either branch of it, is not of themselves, but lies in the grace of God, which gives a meetness for glory; and in the righteousness of Christ, the fine linen, clean and white, which being granted by him, his people are made ready for him: and as for their faith, and the exercise of it, and their constant performance of duty, these are not from the strength of nature and the power of freewill, but from the Spirit of God and his grace; who makes ready a people prepared for the Lord, and all according to the ancient settlements of grace, in which provision is made for the vessels of mercy, afore prepared for glory: though there should be a studious concern in men for such readiness, for nothing is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than when it will be; and after death, no readiness can be had, but he that is then righteous, shall be righteous still, and he that is filthy, shall be filthy still, and a deathbed is by no means to be trusted to; and though a person may not be snatched away suddenly, but may have space given him to repent, yet if grace is not given him, to repent and believe in Christ, he never will; the grave is ready for men, and in a little time all will be brought to this house, appointed for all living, where there is no wisdom, knowledge, and device; and therefore whatever we are directed to do, should be now done, with all that might, and strength, and grace, that is given us; to which may be added, that after death comes judgment; the day is fixed, the judge is appointed, and all must stand before his judgment seat; and nothing is more sure than that Christ will come a second time, to judge both quick and dead; and happy will those be that are ready; they will be received by Christ into everlasting habitations, and be for ever with him: and miserable will those be, who will not be ready, who will not have the oil of grace in their hearts with their lamps, nor the wedding garment on them; they will be shut out, and bid to depart into everlasting burnings: how fit and proper is such an advice and exhortation as this, "be ye also ready". A readiness the Jews report Bath Kol, or the voice from heaven, gave out concerning the Israelites,

"Bath Kol (say (y) they) went out, and said to them, , "ye are all of you ready for the life of the world to come".

And elsewhere it is said of Bath Kol, that it went forth and affirmed of some particular Rabbins, that they were ready for eternal life; as of Ketiah bar Shalom, R. Eleazar ben Durdia, and R. Chanina (z):

for in such an hour as ye think not, the son of man cometh: this is true of his coming in power to destroy Jerusalem, and of his second coming to judgment. The Jews say much the same of the coming of the Messiah, whom they expect:

"there are three things, they say (a), which come, "without knowledge", or unthought of, at an unawares; and they are these, the Messiah, anything that is found, and a scorpion.

(y) T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 9. 1.((z) T. Bab Avoda Zara, fol. 10. 2. & 17. 1. & 18. 1. & Callah, fol. 17. 2. & Cetubot, fol. 103. 2.((a) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 97. 1.



Matthew 24:44 Additional Commentaries
Context
Be Ready at Any Hour
43"But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44"For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. 45"Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?…
Cross References
Matthew 24:27
For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

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

Matthew 24:43
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

Matthew 25:10
"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

Matthew 25:13
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

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

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."
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.

Matthew 25:10,13 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were …

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

Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brothers, lest you be condemned: …

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage …

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