"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
References for Luke 12:35
like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.1 I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.2
References for Luke 12:37
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief3 was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
References for Luke 12:39
You also must be ready,4 because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
References for Luke 12:40
Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"
The Lord 5 answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?
References for Luke 12:42
It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk.