Luke 12:35
New International Version
"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,

New Living Translation
“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning,

English Standard Version
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,

Berean Study Bible
Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning.

Berean Literal Bible
Let your waist be girded about, and the lamps burning.

King James Bible
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

New King James Version
“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;

New American Standard Bible
“Be prepared, and keep your lamps lit.

NASB 1995
"Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.

NASB 1977
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight.

Amplified Bible
“Be dressed and ready for active service, and keep your lamps continuously burning.

Christian Standard Bible
“Be ready for service and have your lamps lit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Be ready for service and have your lamps lit.

American Standard Version
Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning.”

Contemporary English Version
Be ready and keep your lamps burning

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands.

English Revised Version
Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning;

Good News Translation
"Be ready for whatever comes, dressed for action and with your lamps lit,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Be ready for action, and have your lamps burning.

International Standard Version
"You must keep your belts fastened and your lamps burning.

Literal Standard Version
Let your loins be girded, and the lamps burning,

NET Bible
"Get dressed for service and keep your lamps burning;

New Heart English Bible
"Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning.

Weymouth New Testament
"Have your girdles on, and let your lamps be alight;

World English Bible
"Let your waist be dressed and your lamps burning.

Young's Literal Translation
'Let your loins be girded, and the lamps burning,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Be Ready for Service
34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning. 36Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.…

Cross References
Matthew 25:1
"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Matthew 25:10
But while they were on their way to buy it, the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.

Luke 12:36
Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.

Ephesians 6:14
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed,

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore prepare your minds for action. Be sober-minded. Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.


Treasury of Scripture

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

your loins.

1 Kings 18:46
And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Proverbs 31:17
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

Isaiah 5:27
None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:

your lights.

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 25:1,4-10
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom…

Philippians 2:15
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;









(35) Let your loins be girded . . .--To "gird up the loins" was, in Eastern habits and with Eastern garments, the received symbol of readiness for active service (Luke 12:37; Luke 17:8; 1Kings 18:46; 2Kings 1:8; John 13:4; 1Peter 1:13). The "lights" are the lamps (as in Matthew 5:15) which the watchful hold in their hands. What follows has the interest of presenting the germ of the thought which was afterwards developed into the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. (See Notes on Matthew 25:1-13.)

Verses 35, 36. - Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. The Master goes on with his teaching on the subject of covetousness, still addressing himself primarily to the disciples. "There is another reason why my chosen followers should treat the amassing of earthly goods with indifference; no man knows when the end of this state of things may come; their hearts must be fixed on something else than perishable things. They must act as servants on the watch for the return of their lord. See now, my own," Jesus proceeds to say; "your attitude in life must be that of servants, at once loyal and devoted, whom their employer has left in his house while he is absent at a great wedding-feast. The day of his absence passes into evening, and evening shades into night; and even the night wears slowly and tediously away, and still the master of the house comes not back from his festival." But the faithful servants all this while never slumber, or even lie down to rest. All the time of his absence, with their loose flowing Eastern robes taken up, and the skirt fastened under the girdle, with their lamps all trimmed and burning, these watchers wait the coming of their lord, though he tarry long, that they may be ready to receive him and serve him the moment he arrives. All kinds of busy house service, too, carried on during the long night of watching, is implied by the girt-up robes and the lit lamps of the tireless watchers.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Be
Ἔστωσαν (Estōsan)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

dressed for service
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

and {keep}
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[your]
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

lamps
λύχνοι (lychnoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3088: A lamp. From the base of leukos; a portable lamp or other illuminator.

burning.
καιόμενοι (kaiomenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2545: To ignite, light, burn, lit. and met; I consume with fire. Apparently a primary verb; to set on fire, i.e. Kindle or consume.


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