Matthew 24:20
New International Version
Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.

New Living Translation
And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

English Standard Version
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

Berean Standard Bible
Pray that your flight will not occur in the winter or on the Sabbath.

Berean Literal Bible
But pray that your flight might not be in winter, nor on a Sabbath.

King James Bible
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

New King James Version
And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

New American Standard Bible
Moreover, pray that when you flee, it will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.

NASB 1995
“But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.

NASB 1977
“But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath;

Amplified Bible
Pray that your flight [from persecution and suffering] will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath [when Jewish laws prohibit travel].

Christian Standard Bible
Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

American Standard Version
And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on a sabbath:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But pray that your escape will not be in winter, neither on the Sabbath.

Contemporary English Version
And pray that you won't have to escape in winter or on a Sabbath.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But pray that your flight be not in the winter, or on the sabbath.

Good News Translation
Pray to God that you will not have to run away during the winter or on a Sabbath!

International Standard Version
Pray that it may not be in winter or on a Sabbath when you flee,

Literal Standard Version
and pray that your flight may not be in winter, nor on a Sabbath;

New American Bible
Pray that your flight not be in winter or on the sabbath,

NET Bible
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.

New Revised Standard Version
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath.

New Heart English Bible
Pray that your flight will not be in the winter, nor on a Sabbath,

Weymouth New Testament
"But pray that your flight may not be in winter, nor on the Sabbath;

World English Bible
Pray that your flight will not be in the winter, nor on a Sabbath,

Young's Literal Translation
and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, nor on a sabbath;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Abomination of Desolation
19How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not occur in the winter or on the Sabbath. 21For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again.…

Cross References
Matthew 24:19
How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers!

Matthew 24:21
For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again.


Treasury of Scripture

But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

neither.

Exodus 16:29
See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.

Acts 1:12
Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.











(20) Pray ye that your flight . . .--Rules were given for flight where the conditions lay within their own power. Other incidents which lay outside their will might lawfully be the subjects of their prayers. It is characteristic of St. Matthew, as writing for Jews, that he alone records the words "nor on the Sabbath day." Living as the Christians of Judaea did in the strict observance of the Law, they would either be hindered by their own scruples from going beyond a Sabbath day's journey (about one English mile), which would be insufficient to place them out of the reach of danger, or would find impediments--gates shut, and the like--from the Sabbath observance of others.

Verse 20. - Pray ye that, etc. (προσεύχεσθε ἵνα). He bids them pray to and worship God, in order that he may give them a favourable time for flight. The clause introduced with the final particle does not directly denote the subject of the petition, as our version gives the impression, but rather the aim of the petitioners (Morison). Not in the winter. He spake of personal hindrances in the last verse; here he speaks of external circumstances over which man has no control, except by prayer. The weather in winter, which means the rainy season, might render the roads impassable, and would, of course, prevent any hope of obtaining food by the wayside from cornfield or fruit tree. The sabbath day, which precluded any work or the use of beast of burden, and restricted a journey to something less than a mile. We must remember that until the final catastrophe the Christians observed such Mosaic restrictions (see Exodus 16:29; Acts 1:12). A flight for such a short distance would have been of no avail under the imperious circumstances which rendered escape advisable.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Pray
προσεύχεσθε (proseuchesthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

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

flight
φυγὴ (phygē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5437: Flight, fleeing. From pheugo; a fleeing, i.e. Escape.

will not occur
γένηται (genētai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

in the winter
χειμῶνος (cheimōnos)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5494: From a derivative of cheo, meaning a storm; by implication, the rainy season, i.e. Winter.

[or]
μηδὲ (mēde)
Conjunction
Strong's 3366: And not, not even, neither?nor. From me and de; but not, not even; in a continued negation, nor.

on the Sabbath.
σαββάτῳ (sabbatō)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4521: The Sabbath, a week.


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