Matthew 24:42

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Read Matthew 24:42 Using Other Translations

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

What does Matthew 24:42 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 24:42

Watch therefore
Since the time of this desolation is so uncertain, and since it will come upon the Jews unawares, and some wilt escape, whilst others perish; for the words are plainly an inference from what precedes, and clearly relate to things going before, and are not a transition to a new subject: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come;
to avenge himself of the unbelieving Jews, and fulfil what he in person, and by his apostles, had predicted and warned them of: though I will not deny, but that what follows may be much better accommodated and applied to the second coming of Christ, and the last judgment, and the behaviour of men with regard to both, than anything said before; and it may be our Lord's intention, to lead his disciples gradually, and as it were imperceptibly, to the last scene of things on earth, to make way for the parables and description of the future judgment, in the next chapter; still keeping in view, and having reference to, the subject he had been so long upon.

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