Luke 21:34

Watch Yourselves

34 "But watch yourselves 1lest 2your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and 3cares of this life, and 4that day come upon you suddenly 5like a trap.

Luke 21:34 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 21:34

And take heed to yourselves
To your souls and bodies, to your lives and conversations; be upon your watch and guard: lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness;
with excessive eating and drinking; for these, as they oppress and burden the stomach, and disorder the body, so they stupefy the senses, and make the mind dull and heavy, and unfit for spiritual and religious exercises; such as reading, meditation, and prayer: and cares of this life;
concealing food and clothing, what you shall eat or drink, or wherewith ye shall be clothed; all such anxious and worldly cares, being that to the soul, as intemperance is to the body; for there is such a thing as being inebriated with the world, as well as with wine: and so that day come upon you unawares;
the day of Jerusalem's destruction; and this suggests, that such would be the carnality and security of some persons, and so they would be surprised with ruin at once; see ( Luke 17:26-30 ) .

Luke 21:34 In-Context

32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place.
33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34 "But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.
35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Cross References 5

  • 1. [Romans 13:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 7; 1 Peter 4:7]
  • 2. James 5:5
  • 3. [Matthew 13:22]
  • 4. 1 Thessalonians 5:3, 4; [Luke 12:40]
  • 5. Ecclesiastes 9:12; Isaiah 24:17
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