Watch ye therefore,
because ye know not what hour your Lord will come. But know this ye, that
if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would
certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Wherefore
be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will
come. Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath
appointed over his family, to give them meat in season.
Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing.
Amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods. But if that evil
servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming: And shall begin
to strike his fellow servants, and shall eat and drink with drunkards: The
lord of that servant shall come in a day that he hopeth not, and at an hour
that he knoweth not: And shall separate him, and appoint his portion with
the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Take ye heed, watch
and pray. For ye know not when the time is. Even as a man who going into
a far country, left his house; and gave authority to his servants over every
work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore, (for you know
not when the lord of the house cometh: at even, or at midnight, or at the
cockcrowing, or in the morning,) Lest coming on a sudden, he find you sleeping.
And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch.
by St. John Chrysostom
"But know this,
that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would
come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be
broken up. Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not
the Son of Man cometh."
For this intent He tells them not, in order that they may watch, that they
may be always ready; therefore He saith, When ye look not for it, then He
will come, desiring that they should be anxiously waiting, and continually.
in virtuous action.
But His meaning is like this: if the common sort of men knew when they were
to die, they would surely strive earnestly at that hour.
3. In order therefore that they may strive, not at that hour only, therefore
He tells them not either the common hour, or the hour of each, desiring them
to be ever looking for this, that they may be always striving. Wherefore
He made the end of each man's life also uncertain.
After this, He openly calls Himself Lord, having nowhere spoken so distinctly.
But here He seems to me also to put to shame the careless, that not even
as much care as they that expect a thief have taken for their money, not
even this much do these take for their own soul. For they indeed, when they
expect it, watch, and suffer none of the things in their house to be carried
off; but ye, although knowing that He will come, and come assuredly, continue
not watching, saith He, and ready so as not to be carried away hence unprepared.
So that the day cometh unto destruction for them that sleep. For as that
man, if he had known, would have escaped, so also ye, if ye be ready, escape