“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)
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).