New International Version
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
King James Bible
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Darby Bible Translation
Watch therefore, for ye know not in what hour your Lord comes.
World English Bible
Watch therefore, for you don't know in what hour your Lord comes.
Young's Literal Translation
'Watch ye therefore, because ye have not known in what hour your Lord doth come;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Watch therefore - Be always on your guard, that you may not be taken unawares, and that you may be properly prepared to meet God in the way either of judgment or mercy, whensoever he may come. This advice the followers of Christ took, and therefore they escaped; the miserable Jews rejected it, and were destroyed. Let us learn wisdom by the things which they suffered.
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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.
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
"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.
What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'"
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
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