Matthew 24:45
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New International Version
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?

New Living Translation
"A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.

English Standard Version
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?

New American Standard Bible
"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?

King James Bible
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Who then is a faithful and sensible slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them food at the proper time?

International Standard Version
"Who, then, is the faithful and wise servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give the others their food at the right time?

NET Bible
"Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who then is the servant who is faithful and wise, whom his Lord has appointed over the children of his household, to give them food in his time?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Who, then, is the faithful and wise servant? The master will put that person in charge of giving the other servants their food at the right time.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who then is the faithful and prudent slave, whom his lord has made ruler over his household to give them food in due season?

King James 2000 Bible
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them food at the proper time?

American King James Version
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

American Standard Version
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed over his family, to give them meat in season.

Darby Bible Translation
Who then is the faithful and prudent bondman whom his lord has set over his household, to give them food in season?

English Revised Version
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

Weymouth New Testament
"Who therefore is the loyal and intelligent servant to whom his master has entrusted the control of his household to give them their rations at the appointed time?

World English Bible
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has set over his household, to give them their food in due season?

Young's Literal Translation
'Who, then, is the servant, faithful and wise, whom his lord did set over his household, to give them the nourishment in season?
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 45. - Who then (τίς ἄρα;)? In Luke 12:41, etc, Christ utters this parabolic discourse in reply to Peter's question, "Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?" He now turns his exhortation to those in authority over the house, specially to the ministers and stewards of his mysteries, proposing it in an interrogative form, not only because the man he wants is difficult to find, but in order that each may put the question to himself, and see if he reaches the high standard suggested. Is a (, the) faithful and wise (φρόνιμος, prudens, practically wise) servant. The idea is that some good and true slave is raised to the stewardship of his master's household, like Eliezer whom Abram advanced to this position (Genesis 15:2). Hath made ruler (κατέστησεν, hath set) over his household (ἐπὶ τῆς θεραπείας αὐτοῦ, see on ver. 47). The word θεραπεία is used classically for a body of attendants, the servants that form the family, the menage. Christ asks - Where is one to be found fit for this position in his Church? It is the Lord who selects and appoints the steward; he is neither self-constituted nor appointed by those over whom he rules. To give them meat (τὴν τροφὴν, their food) in due season. It was the duty of such an officer to dispense the regular allowance of daily food to the members of the household. So the stewards of the mysteries of Christ have to feed his flock with spiritual food, with the Word and sacraments, and. to do this wisely and discreetly, according to the capacity, advancement, and circumstances of each recipient. The exhortation holds good for others as well as the clergy, civil rulers, the rich, all men. All our endowments, mental, spiritual, physical, material, are the gift of God, and are to be used in his service and to the good of others.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who then is a faithful and wise servant,.... The Vulgate Latin adds, "do you think?" and is a question put to the disciples, which they might apply to themselves: in Luke 12:42, it is spoken in answer to a question of Peter's, in relation to the above exhortation, whether it was spoken to them, or to all; and by this answer, it looks as if it was more especially designed for them, though it may be applied to other. The "servant" is there called a "steward", for such a servant is meant; and a name that is very proper for the apostles and ministers of the word, who are stewards of the mysteries of Christ, and of the manifold grace of God; and whose characters are, that they are "faithful": for this is required in stewards, that they be faithful to the trust reposed in them; as ministers are, when they preach the pure Gospel of Christ, and the whole of it; conceal no part, nor keep anything of it; seek not to please men, but God; neither seek their own things, their ease, honour, and profit, but the glory of God, the honour of Christ, and the good of souls; and abide by the truths, cause, and interest of a Redeemer, at all hazards. And they are "wise", who know and are well instructed in divine things; who make Christ the main subject of their ministry; who improve their talents and time for their master's use, and the advantage of those that are under their care; who seek for, and deliver acceptable words and matter; and manage their whole trust, so as to be able to give in a good account of their stewardship another day. The post that such a person is put in, and the work he is to do, follow:

whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household; or "family", the church of God, which is the household of God, and of faith, in which are believers of various growths and sizes; some fathers, some young men, some children; and over these, the ministers are, by their Lord, made and placed as rulers; not as lords and tyrants over God's heritage, to govern them in an arbitrary way, but as over them in the Lord, to rule them according to the word of God, and the laws of his house; by preaching the Gospel, administering ordinances, and keeping up his worship and the discipline of the church; and whose principal business it is,

to give them meat in due season; even "their portion" of it, as in Luke 12:42, for the word of God is to be cut and rightly divided, and everyone in the family, according to his age, appetite, and digestion, is to have his proper part and portion given him: it must be meat, proper food, such as is solid, substantial, and nourishing; even the wholesome words of Christ Jesus, that must be given them, and not husks and empty trash; and all in due season, in its proper time, as their cases and circumstances require, and call for; as whether weary, or uncomfortable, or in the dark, or under temptations and afflictions: for a word fitly and seasonably spoken, how useful is it!



Matthew 24:45 Additional Commentaries
Context
Be Ready at Any Hour
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? 46"Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:35
A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

Matthew 7:24
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matthew 10:16
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Matthew 24:46
It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.

Matthew 25:2
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.

Matthew 25:21
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

Matthew 25:23
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

Luke 12:42
The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?

Luke 16:10
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
Treasury of Scripture

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

is.

Luke 12:41-43 Then Peter said to him, Lord, speak you this parable to us, or even to all…

Luke 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: …

Luke 19:17 And he said to him, Well, you good servant: because you have been …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he …

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

Hebrews 3:5 And Moses truly was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for …

1 Peter 4:10,11 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

Revelation 2:13 I know your works, and where you dwell, even where Satan's seat is: …

to give.

Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed …

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you …

Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

1 Corinthians 3:1,2 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to …

Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

1 Peter 5:1-3 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and …

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