Matthew 24:42-51

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?
46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’
49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.
50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.
51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 24:42 in Other Translations

KJV
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
ESV
42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
NLT
42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.
MSG
42 So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up.
CSB
42 Therefore be alert, since you don't know what day your Lord is coming.

Matthew 24:42-51 In-Context

40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?
46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’
49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.
50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.
51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Cross References 8

  • 1. Matthew 25:13; Luke 12:40
  • 2. S Luke 12:39
  • 3. 1 Thessalonians 5:6
  • 4. Matthew 25:21,23
  • 5. Revelation 16:15
  • 6. Matthew 25:21,23
  • 7. Luke 21:34
  • 8. S Matthew 8:12
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