Luke 12:38

38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.

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Luke 12:38 in Other Translations

KJV
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
ESV
38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!
NLT
38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.
MSG
38 It doesn't matter what time of the night he arrives; they're awake - and so blessed!
CSB
38 If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, those slaves are blessed.

Luke 12:38 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 12:38

And if he shall come in the second watch
Of the night, that is, after nine o'clock, or any time between nine or twelve; for the second watch was from nine o'clock till twelve; and this was coming early from an entertainment, or a wedding, which were commonly kept in the night, and late;

or come in the third watch,
or after twelve o'clock, or any time between twelve and three; for the third watch was from twelve o'clock to three, which was late; (See Gill on Matthew 14:25) The Persic version reads, "in the second, or third part of the night"; and the Ethiopic version, "in the second or third hour of the night";

and find them so.
The Arabic version adds, "doing"; as above described, with their loins girt, lights burning, and they watching for their Lord's coming:

blessed are those servants;
since they shall be used and treated as before related.

Luke 12:38 In-Context

36 like servants 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.
37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.
39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
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