Mark 13:33

33 Be on guard! Be alert[a] ! You do not know when that time will come.

Mark 13:33 in Other Translations

KJV
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
ESV
33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
NLT
33 And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert !
MSG
33 So keep a sharp lookout, for you don't know the timetable.
CSB
33 Watch! Be alert! For you don't know when the time is [coming].

Mark 13:33 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 13:33

Take ye heed, watch and pray
This seems to be the principal reason why the day and hour of Jerusalem's destruction, though known by the Father, were not made known to any man, neither to the angels, nor by them; nor to the son of man in the days of his flesh, nor by him when on earth; that his people might be upon their guard, against false Christs, and prophets, and their deception; and watch unto prayer, and in it, lest they fell into temptation, and that day should come upon them unawares:

for ye know not when the time is;
the exact and precise time: for though the people of God had notice of it, and were sensible it was at hand, and did make their escape out of Jerusalem; yet they knew not the exact time, but that it might be sooner or later; and the unbelieving Jews were blinded, and in the dark about it to the very last; (See Gill on Matthew 24:42).

Mark 13:33 In-Context

31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.
34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Thessalonians 5:6

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts "alert and pray"