Matthew 24:37

37 The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah. 1

Matthew 24:37 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 24:37

But as the days of Noe were
So Noah is usually called Noe by the Septuagint: the sense is, as were the practices of the men of that generation, in which Noah lived, so will be the practices of the men of that age, in which the son of man comes; or as the flood, which happened in the days of Noah, was sudden and unexpected; it came upon men thoughtless about it, though they had warning of it; and was universal, swept them all away, excepting a few that were saved in the ark: so shall also the coming of the son of man be;
to take vengeance on the Jews, on a sudden, at an unawares, when they would be unthoughtful about it; though they were forewarned of it by Christ and his apostles, and their destruction be as universal; all would be involved in it, excepting a few, that were directed a little before, to go out of the city of Jerusalem to Pella; where they were saved, as Noah and his family were in the ark.

Matthew 24:37 In-Context

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
36 "No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come - neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows.
37 The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah.
38 In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat;
39 yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 24.37Genesis 6.5-8.
Scripture taken from the Good News Translation - Second Edition, Copyright 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.