Matthew 24:43

But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But know this, that if the good man of the house had knowen in what watch the thiefe would come, he would haue watched, and would not haue suffered his house to be broken vp.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But be certain of this, that if the master of the house had had knowledge of the time when the thief was coming, he would have been watching, and would not have let his house be broken into.
- Basic English Bible

But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and not have suffered his house to be dug through [into].
- Darby Bible

But know this, that if the master of the house knew in what watch the thief would come, he would watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken up.
- Webster's Bible

But of this be assured, that if the master of the house had known the hour at which the robber was coming, he would have kept awake, and not have allowed his house to be broken into.
- Weymouth Bible

But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
- World English Bible

But wite ye this, that if the hosebonde man wiste in what our the thefe were to come, certis he wolde wake, and suffre not his hous to be vndurmyned.
- Wycliffe Bible

and this know, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief doth come, he had watched, and not suffered his house to be broken through;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 24:43


Mt 24:43 If the goodman of the house, etc. "Master of the house" (Revised Version). The lesson of the illustration is a constant state of preparation. Elsewhere in the New Testament Christ's coming is compared to that of a thief in the night (1Th 5:1-10 Re 3:3 16:15).

Discussion for Matthew 24:43

  • Jesus wants His children to be ready for the rapture, and not to be caught by surprise, like those who are unsaved. His admonition to Christians is emphatic watch for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come 24 42 . He warns His disciples in vs. 43 44 of the possibility of living in unfaithfulness, resulting in shock and surprise at the rapture, experiencing the Son of man s coming in the clouds as a thief arriving in the night. Faithful servants are not taken by surprise. While they don t know the hour, they are ready for the rapture, regardless. Cr. James Hollandsworth Thief in the Night Rapture or Second Coming

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