1 Thessalonians 5:2
New International Version
for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

New Living Translation
For you know quite well that the day of the Lord's return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

English Standard Version
For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Berean Study Bible
For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Berean Literal Bible
For you yourselves fully know that the day of the Lord comes in this manner, as a thief by night.

New American Standard Bible
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

King James Bible
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Christian Standard Bible
For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

Contemporary English Version
You surely know that the Lord's return will be as a thief coming at night.

Good News Translation
For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief comes at night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

International Standard Version
for you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

NET Bible
For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come in the same way as a thief in the night.

New Heart English Bible
For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you truly know that the day of our Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

New American Standard 1977
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For ye know well that the day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night.

King James 2000 Bible
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

American King James Version
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

American Standard Version
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night.

Darby Bible Translation
for ye know perfectly well yourselves, that the day of [the] Lord so comes as a thief by night.

English Revised Version
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Webster's Bible Translation
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Weymouth New Testament
For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

World English Bible
For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

Young's Literal Translation
for yourselves have known thoroughly that the day of the Lord as a thief in the night doth so come,
Study Bible
The Day of the Lord
1Now about the times and seasons, brothers, we do not need to write to you. 2For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.…
Cross References
Luke 21:34
But watch yourselves, or your hearts will be weighed down by dissipation, drunkenness, and the worries of life--and that day will spring upon you suddenly like a snare.

1 Corinthians 1:8
He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief.

2 Thessalonians 2:2
not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any spirit or message or letter presuming to be from us and alleging that the day of the Lord has already come.

2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be dissolved in the fire, and the earth and its works will not be found.

Revelation 3:3
Remember, then, what you have received and heard. Keep it and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know the hour when I will come upon you.

Revelation 16:15
"Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who remains awake and clothed, so that he will not go naked and let his shame be exposed."

Treasury of Scripture

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

know.

Jeremiah 23:20
The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

the day.

Matthew 24:42-44
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come…

Matthew 25:13
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13:34,35
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch…







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

you
αὐτοὶ (autoi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

{are} fully
ἀκριβῶς (akribōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 199: Carefully, exactly, strictly, distinctly. Adverb from the same as akribestatos; exactly.

aware
οἴδατε (oidate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

[the] day
ἡμέρα (hēmera)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

of [the] Lord
Κυρίου (Kyriou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

will come
ἔρχεται (erchetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

like
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

a thief
κλέπτης (kleptēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2812: A thief. From klepto; a stealer.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] night.
νυκτὶ (nykti)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3571: The night, night-time. A primary word; 'night'.
(2) Know perfectly.--Or, accurately. There is something of an oxymoron (see Note on 1Thessalonians 4:11) here. "I need not tell you about the time, for you know to a nicety--not the hour of Christ's coming, but--the utter uncertainty respecting it." The word shows at the same time with what scrupulous care St. Paul had instructed them on this topic.

The day of the Lord.--Here "the Lord" (as usual in the New Testament) means Jesus Christ; and this day can mean nothing else than the great day of His return to judgment. The expression is taken from the Old Testament, where, of course, it does not primarily mean what we call "the Day of Judgment," but the set time which God has fixed for any great visitation. Thus in Joel 2:1, et seq., it means the time appointed for the plague of locusts; in Ezekiel 13:5, generally, any day when God visits His people; in Joel 3:14, the fixed time for vengeance to be taken upon the heathen for persecuting the Church; which, in Isaiah 2:12 (a passage largely influenced by recollections of Joel), seems to widen into a general day of judgment for mankind.

Cometh.--Not merely, will come; it is an absolute certainty that the time is on its way to come. (See Note on 1Thessalonians 1:10.)

As a thief in the night--i.e. unexpectedly (Matthew 24:43), and under cover of darkness. The frequency of the simile (see references) throws light on the words "know perfectly," making it apparent that it was the ordinary formula in which the doctrine was universally taught by the Apostles.

Verse 2. - For yourselves know perfectly; namely, not from Scripture, nor from oral tradition, but from the teaching of the apostle when in Thessalonica. That the day of the Lord. "The day of the Lord" is a common Old Testament expression, denoting the coming of the Divine judgments (Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1); and by the phrase here is meant, not the destruction of Jerusalem, nor the day of one's death, but the day of the Lord's advent, when Christ shall descend from heaven in glory for the resurrection of the dead and the judgment of the world. The idea of judgment is contained in the term "day." So cometh as a thief in the night. The same comparison is used by our Lord himself (Matthew 24:43; Luke 12:39), and the very words are employed by Peter (2 Peter 3:10). The point of resemblance is evidently the unexpectedness and suddenness of the coming. The thief comes upon people in the night season, when they are asleep and unprepared; so, in a similar manner, when Christ comes, he will find the world unprepared and not expecting his advent. The ancient Fathers inferred from this passage that Christ would come to judgment in the night season, and hence they instituted vigils, or night watches. Some, still more precisely, fixed the coming on Easter night, from the analogy of the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt on the paschal evening. 5:1-5 It is needless or useless to ask about the particular time of Christ's coming. Christ did not reveal this to the apostles. There are times and seasons for us to work in, and these are our duty and interest to know and observe; but as to the time when we must give up our account, we know it not, nor is it needful that we should. The coming of Christ will be a great surprise to men. Our Lord himself said so. As the hour of death is the same to each person that the judgment will be to mankind in general, so the same remarks answer for both. Christ's coming will be terrible to the ungodly. Their destruction will overtake them while they dream of happiness, and please themselves with vain amusements. There will be no means to escape the terror or the punishment of that day. This day will be a happy day to the righteous. They are not in darkness; they are the children of the light. It is the happy condition of all true Christians. But how many are speaking peace and safety to themselves, over whose heads utter destruction is hovering! Let us endeavour to awaken ourselves and each other, and guard against our spiritual enemies.
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