Luke 12:38

“And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those seruants.”

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Other Translations

And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find [them] so, blessed are those servants.
- King James Version

"Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds {them} so, blessed are those {slaves.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third, and find `them' so blessed are those `servants'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if he comes in the second division of the night or in the third, and they are watching for him, happy are those servants.
- Basic English Bible

And if he come in the second watch, and come in the third watch, and find [them] thus, blessed are those [bondmen].
- Darby Bible

And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
- Webster's Bible

And whether it be in the second watch or in the third that He comes and finds them so, blessed are they.
- Weymouth Bible

They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch, and finds them so.
- World English Bible

And if he come in the secounde wakynge, and if he come in the thridde wakynge, and fynde so, tho seruauntis ben blessid.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if he may come in the second watch, and in the third watch he may come, and may find [it] so, happy are those servants.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 12:38


12:38 The Jews frequently divided the night into three watches, to which our Lord seems here to allude.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 12:38


Lu 12:38 In the second watch. The Jews divided the night into four watches. The second and third covered the midnight hours.

Discussion for Luke 12

  • BSP
    Verse 4~ The worst thing another human can do to us is to put us to death. Our everlasting life lies in the hands of Jehovah God and it is to him that we should be faithful and loyal to in everything.
  • A disciple
    "..hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?" Our life in this present evil world is a probationary period until the Day of Reckoning and Eternal Judgment. Good discernment orders its life with a view toward that day in hope of finding mercy, acceptance and salvation.
  • A disciple
    "..Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known." We repent of our sins and begin from that day forward to live with our back to the world and all our old ways, and start reading our Bibles every day, and change our behavior. Over time we experience all outward show being burned up.
  • Eutychus
    Vs. 47, servant beaten with many stripes...Vs. 48, servant beaten with few stripes. Differences of punishment, according to behavior. Hebrews 11:35, "and others were tortured, NOT ACCEPT ING DELIVERANCE; that they might OBTAIN A BETTER RESURRECTION:" Differences of reward...All this makes our casual attitude toward spiritual life, something of a concern. Will we be rewarded big, or rewarded small?
  • Servant of God
    There is division on earth, as Yeshusa has said he brings to earth, because his message is pure doctrine of the Father. The wedding from which he returns is a union unbreakable with the Father. Few on earth are prepared as represented by one who built greater barns to contain his stuff but was not rich toward God. This very day your Soul is required of you by the Father, blessed be He, always
  • A disciple
    Avigayil; You bring up a very important point; which, unfortunately, is too much neglected in the most elementary teaching of Christians. A parable is a short story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical point (Collins Dictionary). Jesus said, "Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God..Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?"

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