And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.…
"The time is short," or, as we might perhaps render it so as to give the full force of the metaphor, the time is pressed together. It is being squeezed into narrower compass, like a sponge in a strong hand. There is an old story of a prisoner in a cell with contractile walls. Day by day his space lessens — he saw the whole of that window yesterday, he sees only half of it to-day. Nearer and nearer the walls are drawn together, till they meet and crush him between them. So the walls of our home (which we have made our prison) are closing in upon us.
(A. Maclaren, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.