Matthew 26:41
New International Version
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

New Living Translation
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

English Standard Version
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Berean Study Bible
“Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Berean Literal Bible
Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the flesh weak."

King James Bible
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

New King James Version
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

New American Standard Bible
Keep watching and praying, so that you do not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

NASB 1995
“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

NASB 1977
“Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Amplified Bible
Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Christian Standard Bible
Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

American Standard Version
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The Spirit is ready, but the body is weak.”

Contemporary English Version
Stay awake and pray that you won't be tested. You want to do what is right, but you are weak."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak.

English Revised Version
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Good News Translation
Keep watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stay awake, and pray that you won't be tempted. You want to do what's right, but you're weak."

International Standard Version
All of you must stay awake and pray that you won't be tempted. The spirit is indeed willing, but the body is weak."

Literal Standard Version
Watch, and pray, that you may not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is forward, but the flesh weak.”

NET Bible
Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

New Heart English Bible
Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Weymouth New Testament
Keep awake, and pray that you may not enter into temptation: the spirit is right willing, but the body is frail."

World English Bible
Watch and pray, that you don't enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Young's Literal Translation
watch, and pray, that ye may not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is forward, but the flesh weak.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
40Then Jesus returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. “Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” 42A second time He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass unless I drink it, may Your will be done.”…

Cross References
Matthew 26:38
Then He said to them, "My soul is consumed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me."

Mark 14:38
Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak."


Treasury of Scripture

Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Watch.

Matthew 24:42
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 13:33-37
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is…

enter.

Matthew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Proverbs 4:14,15
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men

Luke 8:13
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

the spirit.

Psalm 119:4,5,24,25,32,35-37,115,117,1
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently…

Isaiah 26:8,9
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee…

Romans 7:18-25
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not…









(41) Watch and pray.--The first word is eminently characteristic of our Lord's teaching at this period (Matthew 24:42; Matthew 25:13). It became the watchword of the early disciples (1Corinthians 16:13; Colossians 4:2; 1Thessalonians 5:6; 1Peter 5:8). It left its mark in the history of Christendom in the new names of Gregory, and Vigilius, or Vigilantius, "the watcher." . . . Verse 41. - Watch (ye) and pray. A summary of Christian duty. Watchfulness sees temptation coming; prayer gives strength to withstand it. The apostles needed the injunction at this moment; for their great trial was close at hand. That ye enter not (in order that ye may not eater) into temptation. The phrase is usually interpreted to mean either to fall into temptation, to be tempted, or to run wilfully into temptation; but it seems to be better, with Grotius, to take it in the sense of succumbing to, falling under, being vanquished by temptation, like ἐμπίπτειν in 1 Timothy 6:9, "immergi et succumbere." That Peter and the rest were now to be tempted was certain (Luke 22:31, 32), and it was too late to deprecate the trial; but it was right and expedient to ask of God grace to withstand in the evil hour. The spirit (πνεῦμα) indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. This was an added motive for vigilance and prayer. The apostles had shown a certain readiness of spirit when they offered to die with Christ (ver. 35); but the flesh, the material and lower nature, represses the higher impulse, checks the will, and prevents it from carrying out that which it is prompted to perform (see the action of these contrariant forces noticed by St. Paul, Romans 7.). "For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things" (Wisd. 9:15). Our Lord at this very time was experiencing and exemplifying the truth of his saying, though in his ease the weakness of the flesh was entirely overmastered by the willing spirit. It is noted that Polycarp quotes this maxim of Christ in his 'Epistle to the Philippians,' ch. 7.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
“Watch
γρηγορεῖτε (grēgoreite)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1127: (a) I am awake (in the night), watch, (b) I am watchful, on the alert, vigilant. From egeiro; to keep awake, i.e. Watch.

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

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

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

you will not enter
εἰσέλθητε (eiselthēte)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1525: To go in, come in, enter. From eis and erchomai; to enter.

into
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

temptation.
πειρασμόν (peirasmon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3986: From peirazo; a putting to proof (of good), experience (of evil), solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication, adversity.

For
μὲν (men)
Conjunction
Strong's 3303: A primary particle; properly, indicative of affirmation or concession; usually followed by a contrasted clause with de.

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

spirit
πνεῦμα (pneuma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

[is] willing,
πρόθυμον (prothymon)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4289: Eager, ready, willing, prompt. From pro and thumos; forward in spirit, i.e. Predisposed; neuter alacrity.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative 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.

body
σὰρξ (sarx)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4561: Flesh, body, human nature, materiality; kindred.

[is] weak.”
ἀσθενής (asthenēs)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 772: (lit: not strong), (a) weak (physically, or morally), (b) infirm, sick. Strengthless.


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