Matthew 24:20
New International Version
Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.

New Living Translation
And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

English Standard Version
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

Berean Study Bible
Pray that your flight will not occur in the winter or on the Sabbath.

Berean Literal Bible
But pray that your flight might not be in winter, nor on a Sabbath.

New American Standard Bible
"But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.

King James Bible
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Christian Standard Bible
Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

Contemporary English Version
And pray that you won't have to escape in winter or on a Sabbath.

Good News Translation
Pray to God that you will not have to run away during the winter or on a Sabbath!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

International Standard Version
Pray that it may not be in winter or on a Sabbath when you flee,

NET Bible
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

New Heart English Bible
Pray that your flight will not be in the winter, nor on a Sabbath,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But pray that your escape will not be in winter, neither on the Sabbath.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pray that it will not be winter or a day of worship when you flee.

New American Standard 1977
“But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter neither on the sabbath day,

King James 2000 Bible
But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

American King James Version
But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

American Standard Version
And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on a sabbath:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But pray that your flight be not in the winter, or on the sabbath.

Darby Bible Translation
But pray that your flight may not be in winter time nor on sabbath:

English Revised Version
And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on a sabbath:

Webster's Bible Translation
But pray ye that your flight may not be in the winter, neither on the sabbath:

Weymouth New Testament
"But pray that your flight may not be in winter, nor on the Sabbath;

World English Bible
Pray that your flight will not be in the winter, nor on a Sabbath,

Young's Literal Translation
and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, nor on a sabbath;
Study Bible
The Abomination of Desolation
19How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not occur in the winter or on the Sabbath. 21For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:19
How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers!

Matthew 24:21
For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again.

Treasury of Scripture

But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

neither.

Exodus 16:29
See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.

Acts 1:12
Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.







Lexicon
Pray
προσεύχεσθε (proseuchesthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

flight
φυγὴ (phygē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5437: Flight, fleeing. From pheugo; a fleeing, i.e. Escape.

will not occur
γένηται (genētai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

in the winter
χειμῶνος (cheimōnos)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5494: From a derivative of cheo, meaning a storm; by implication, the rainy season, i.e. Winter.

[or]
μηδὲ (mēde)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3366: And not, not even, neither´┐Żnor. From me and de; but not, not even; in a continued negation, nor.

on the Sabbath.
σαββάτῳ (sabbatō)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4521: The Sabbath, a week.
(20) Pray ye that your flight . . .--Rules were given for flight where the conditions lay within their own power. Other incidents which lay outside their will might lawfully be the subjects of their prayers. It is characteristic of St. Matthew, as writing for Jews, that he alone records the words "nor on the Sabbath day." Living as the Christians of Judaea did in the strict observance of the Law, they would either be hindered by their own scruples from going beyond a Sabbath day's journey (about one English mile), which would be insufficient to place them out of the reach of danger, or would find impediments--gates shut, and the like--from the Sabbath observance of others.

Verse 20. - Pray ye that, etc. (προσεύχεσθε ἵνα). He bids them pray to and worship God, in order that he may give them a favourable time for flight. The clause introduced with the final particle does not directly denote the subject of the petition, as our version gives the impression, but rather the aim of the petitioners (Morison). Not in the winter. He spake of personal hindrances in the last verse; here he speaks of external circumstances over which man has no control, except by prayer. The weather in winter, which means the rainy season, might render the roads impassable, and would, of course, prevent any hope of obtaining food by the wayside from cornfield or fruit tree. The sabbath day, which precluded any work or the use of beast of burden, and restricted a journey to something less than a mile. We must remember that until the final catastrophe the Christians observed such Mosaic restrictions (see Exodus 16:29; Acts 1:12). A flight for such a short distance would have been of no avail under the imperious circumstances which rendered escape advisable. 24:4-28 The disciples had asked concerning the times, When these things should be? Christ gave them no answer to that; but they had also asked, What shall be the sign? This question he answers fully. The prophecy first respects events near at hand, the destruction of Jerusalem, the end of the Jewish church and state, the calling of the Gentiles, and the setting up of Christ's kingdom in the world; but it also looks to the general judgment; and toward the close, points more particularly to the latter. What Christ here said to his disciples, tended more to promote caution than to satisfy their curiosity; more to prepare them for the events that should happen, than to give a distinct idea of the events. This is that good understanding of the times which all should covet, thence to infer what Israel ought to do. Our Saviour cautions his disciples to stand on their guard against false teachers. And he foretells wars and great commotions among nations. From the time that the Jews rejected Christ, and he left their house desolate, the sword never departed from them. See what comes of refusing the gospel. Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. It is against the mind of Christ, that his people should have troubled hearts, even in troublous times. When we looked forward to the eternity of misery that is before the obstinate refusers of Christ and his gospel, we may truly say, The greatest earthly judgments are but the beginning of sorrows. It is comforting that some shall endure even to the end. Our Lord foretells the preaching of the gospel in all the world. The end of the world shall not be till the gospel has done its work. Christ foretells the ruin coming upon the people of the Jews; and what he said here, would be of use to his disciples, for their conduct and for their comfort. If God opens a door of escape, we ought to make our escape, otherwise we do not trust God, but tempt him. It becomes Christ's disciples, in times of public trouble, to be much in prayer: that is never out of season, but in a special manner seasonable when we are distressed on every side. Though we must take what God sends, yet we may pray against sufferings; and it is very trying to a good man, to be taken by any work of necessity from the solemn service and worship of God on the sabbath day. But here is one word of comfort, that for the elect's sake these days shall be made shorter than their enemies designed, who would have cut all off, if God, who used these foes to serve his own purpose, had not set bounds to their wrath. Christ foretells the rapid spreading of the gospel in the world. It is plainly seen as the lightning. Christ preached his gospel openly. The Romans were like an eagle, and the ensign of their armies was an eagle. When a people, by their sin, make themselves as loathsome carcasses, nothing can be expected but that God should send enemies to destroy them. It is very applicable to the day of judgment, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in that day, 2Th 2:1. Let us give diligence to make our calling and election sure; then may we know that no enemy or deceiver shall ever prevail against us.
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