Matthew 24:48
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New International Version
But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,'

New Living Translation
But what if the servant is evil and thinks, 'My master won't be back for a while,'

English Standard Version
But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’

Berean Study Bible
But suppose that servant is wicked and says in his heart, 'My master will be away a long time.'

Berean Literal Bible
But if that evil servant should say in his heart, 'My master delays,'

New American Standard Bible
"But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,'

King James Bible
But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if that wicked slave says in his heart, My master is delayed,'

International Standard Version
"But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master has been delayed,'

NET Bible
But if that evil slave should say to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,'

New Heart English Bible
But if that evil servant should say in his heart, 'My lord is delayed,'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if an evil servant will say in his heart, “My Lord delays to come”,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
On the other hand, that servant, if he is wicked, may think that it will be a long time before his master comes.

New American Standard 1977
“But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’

Jubilee Bible 2000
But and if that evil slave shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming,

King James 2000 Bible
But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming;

American King James Version
But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming;

American Standard Version
But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord tarrieth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming:

Darby Bible Translation
But if that evil bondman should say in his heart, My lord delays to come,

English Revised Version
But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord tarrieth;

Webster's Bible Translation
But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming;

Weymouth New Testament
But if the man, being a bad servant, should say in his heart, 'My master is a long time in coming,'

World English Bible
But if that evil servant should say in his heart, 'My lord is delaying his coming,'

Young's Literal Translation
'And, if that evil servant may say in his heart, My Lord doth delay to come,
Study Bible
Readiness at Any Hour
47Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But suppose that servant is wicked and says in his heart, ‘My master will be away a long time.’ 49And he begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:47
Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

Matthew 24:49
And he begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.

Luke 12:45
But suppose that servant says in his heart, 'My master will be a long time in coming,' and he begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk.

2 Peter 3:4
"Where is the promise of His coming?" they will ask. "Ever since our fathers fell asleep, everything continues as it has from the beginning of creation."
Treasury of Scripture

But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming;

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Matthew 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said to him, O you wicked …

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, …

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked …

say.

Deuteronomy 9:4 Speak not you in your heart, after that the LORD your God has cast …

Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, …

2 Kings 5:26 And he said to him, Went not my heart with you, when the man turned …

Isaiah 32:6 For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work …

Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

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

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of …

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to …

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps …

My.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore …

Ezekiel 12:22,27 Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in the land of Israel, …

2 Peter 3:3-5 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, …

(48) But and if that evil servant.--Better, but if that evil servant, the "and" being in modern English usage superfluous, and representing originally a different conjunction.

My lord delayeth his coming.--The temper described is identical with that portrayed in 2Peter 3:3-4. The words are memorable as implying the prescience, even in the immediate context of words that indicate nearness, that there would be what to men would seem delay. Those who looked on that delay as St. Peter looked on it would continue watchful, but the selfish and ungodly would be tempted by it to forget that Christ comes to men in more senses and more ways than one. The tyranny and sensuality which have at times stained the annals of the Church of Christ have had their origin in this forgetfulness, that though the final coming may be delayed, the Judge is ever near, even at the doors (James 5:9).

Verse 48. - But and if (ἐὰν δὲ). "And" is a remnant of an old use of the word, meaning "it'," so that it is here redundant, and the translation should he simply, but if; si autem. That evil servant (ὁ κακὸς δοῦλος ἐκεῖνος) is in a sense the same as he who, in ver. 45, was regarded as faithful and prudent. The opposite case is here put; he is supposed to be wicked and untrustworthy; he no longer is always watching for his lord's coming and endeavouring to be always ready, because he knows that he may at any moment be called to account. My lord delayeth [his coming]. B, א, and other good manuscripts omit ἐλθεῖν as unnecessary. Revised Version, my lord tarrieth, he brings himself to believe that the day of reckoning is still distant, and that he will have plenty of time to prepare his accounts before the settlement is called for. So men put off the day of repentance, saying, "Tomorrow, tomorrow," when they ought to feel that the present alone is theirs in which to prepare for judgment. But and if that evil servant,.... Or should there be an evil servant, an unwise and faithless one, who though he may have gifts and talents, yet destitute of the grace of God; and though he may be in the highest post and office in the church of God for sometimes wicked and graceless men are in such places; yet if he

shall say in his heart; secretly to himself, and with pleasure to his mind, and strengthen himself in a full persuasion of this,

my Lord delayeth his coming; and begins to think that either he will not come at all, to call him to an account for the use of his time, gifts, and talents; or if he does, it will be long first ere he will come, and visit the people of the Jews, by desolating calamities; or by death, to summon him to his bar; or at judgment, to give in his account of his stewardship. 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.
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