And what I say to you I say to all, Watch.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Watch.—The impression which this command made on the hearts of Christians, is seen in a striking manner in the use of such names as Gregory, Vigilius, and the like.
I say unto all, Watch—anticipating and requiring the diffusion of His teaching by them among all His disciples, and its perpetuation through all time.See Poole on "Mark 13:37" Mark 13:3.
I say unto all. The Syriac and Persic versions read, "you all"; meaning all the rest of his apostles, and all his disciples and followers in Jerusalem, and in all Judea; who were all concerned in these things, and whom it became to
watch, and be upon their guard, and cast off all sloth and negligence; since they knew not soon the son of man would come, and all these evil things would be brought upon the Jewish nation, city, and temple: and the same exhortation is suitable to saints in all ages, times, and places, on account of the various snares, temptations, and evils, that they are liable to, the suddenness of death, and the uncertainty of the second coming of Christ.And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)37. Watch] Observe in this chapter the emphasis given to Christ’s exhortation, “Watch!” The Apostle, under whose eye St Mark wrote his Gospel, would seem to wish us to notice in spite of what frequent warnings he himself failed to watch and fell. St Matthew tells us how the Lord sought to impress these lessons of watchfulness and faithfulness still more deeply by the Parables of the “Ten Virgins” (Matthew 25:1-13), and the “Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30), and closed all with a picture of the Awful Day, when the Son of Man should separate all nations one from another as the shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46). So ended the great discourse on the Mount of Olives, and the sun set, and the Wednesday of Holy Week had already begun before the little company entered the hamlet of Bethany.Mark 13:37. Πᾶσι, unto all) Even to those of after ages. [ὑμῖν, unto you) In antithesis to πᾶσι, viz., the Apostles, and their contemporaries.—V. g.]
The closing and summary word is the stronger word of Mark 13:35 : Be awake and on guard.
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