Matthew 24:45
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?

Berean Study Bible
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the others their food at the proper time?

Berean Literal Bible
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has set over his household, to give to them the food in season?

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?

New King James Version
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

New American Standard Bible
“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household slaves, to give them their food at the proper time?

NASB 1995
“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?

NASB 1977
“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?

Amplified Bible
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give the others [in the house] their food and supplies at the proper time?

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

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?

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?

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?

Contemporary English Version
Who are faithful and wise servants? Who are the ones the master will put in charge of giving the other servants their food supplies at the proper time?

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.

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?

Good News Translation
"Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant? It is the one that his master has placed in charge of the other servants to give them their food at the proper 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.

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?

Literal Standard Version
Who, then, is the servant, faithful and wise, whom his lord set over his household, to give them the nourishment in season?

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?

New Heart 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?

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?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Readiness at Any Hour
44For this reason, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect. 45Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the others their food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.…

Cross References
Proverbs 14:35
A king delights in a wise servant, but his anger falls on the shameful.

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but one eager to be rich will not go unpunished.

Matthew 7:24
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Matthew 24:46
Blessed is 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. Enter into the joy of your master!'


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 unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? …

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

Luke 19:17
And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

to give.

Matthew 13:52
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Matthew 25:35-40
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: …

Ezekiel 34:2
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?









(45) Who then is a faithful . . .?--Better, Who then is the faithful and wise servant? The latter word in the Greek is that which ethical writers had used to express the moral wisdom which adapts means to ends, as contrasted with the wisdom of pure contemplation on the one hand, or technical skill on the other.

To give them meat in due season.--Better, to give them their food. In the parallel passage of Luke 12:42, the word used means "a measure or fixed portion of meal or flour." The comparison brings before us one function of the minister of Christ. He is to supply men with the spiritual food which they need for the sustenance of their higher life. It may be the "spiritual milk" of 1Peter 2:2, Hebrews 5:12, 1Corinthians 3:2; it may be the "strong meat" or "solid food." There is an art, as it were, of spiritual dietetics, which requires tact and discernment as well as faithfulness. The wise servant will seek to discover not only the right kind of food, but the right season for giving it. An apparent parallel presents itself in the common interpretation of "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2Timothy 2:15), but the imagery implied in that phrase is probably of an entirely different character. (See Note there.) . . .

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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Who
Τίς (Tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

then
ἄρα (ara)
Conjunction
Strong's 686: Then, therefore, since. Probably from airo; a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive.

is
ἐστὶν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

faithful
πιστὸς (pistos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4103: Trustworthy, faithful, believing. From peitho; objectively, trustworthy; subjectively, trustful.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

wise
φρόνιμος (phronimos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5429: Intelligent, prudent, sensible, wise. From phren; thoughtful, i.e. Sagacious or discreet; in a bad sense conceited.

servant,
δοῦλος (doulos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1401: (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave. From deo; a slave.

whom
ὃν (hon)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

master
κύριος (kyrios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

has put in charge
κατέστησεν (katestēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2525: From kata and histemi; to place down, i.e. to designate, constitute, convoy.

of
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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.

household,
οἰκετείας (oiketeias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3610: A household servant. From oikeo; a fellow resident, i.e. Menial domestic.

to give
δοῦναι (dounai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

[the others]
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 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.

[their]
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

food
τροφὴν (trophēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5160: Food, nourishment, maintenance. From trepho; nourishment; by implication, rations.

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

the proper time?
καιρῷ (kairō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2540: Fitting season, season, opportunity, occasion, time. Of uncertain affinity; an occasion, i.e. Set or proper time.


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