Matthew 25:13

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day, nor the houre, wherein the Sonne of man commeth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Keep watch, then, because you are not certain of the day or of the hour.
- Basic English Bible

Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour.
- Darby Bible

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man cometh.
- Webster's Bible

Keep awake therefore; for you know neither the day nor the hour.
- Weymouth Bible

Watch therefore, for you don't know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
- World English Bible

Therfor wake ye, for ye witen not the dai ne the our.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Watch therefore, for ye have not known the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man doth come.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 25:13

25:13 Watch therefore - He that watches has not only a burning lamp, but likewise oil in his vessel. And even when he sleepeth, his heart waketh. He is quiet; but not secure.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 25:13

Mt 25:13 Watch therefore, etc. The whole parable is an illustration of this solemn admonition. APPLICATION.--The Bridegroom is the Son of man; the time of the "marriage" is the coming to judgment; the "tarrying" is the long and unknown period between his ascension and his return; the "virgins" represent the waiting church; the "wise" virgins represent those church members who are always ready and whose lights are shining; the oil in their vessels is the means by which their light is supplied; the "foolish" virgins are church members who have become cold and lifeless; the "midnight cry" is the summons of death, or the trump of judgment; the "cry for oil" is death-bed repentance, or an attempt at preparation in the face of judgment; the "shut" "door" is a declaration that such repentance is too late to be of avail; the great lesson is to be always in a state of readiness.

Discussion for Matthew 25

  • Bill G
    Believers will give an account of their stewardship on earth when at the judgement seat of Christ. James Hollandsworth has a very helpful message on this passage entitled, " Parables of Talents and Pounds " in his series Rightly Dividing the Parables.
  • Lilian
    Well done good and faithful servant thou has been faithful over a few things I will make thee a ruler of many things enter into the Joy of the Lord Amen hallelujah Praise you Jesus and thanks for your blood
  • Wesley Archuleta
    God gave you the gift of life, What you do with it is your gift to him,So be sure to give him a gift that is worth receiving.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The message that rings throughout this chapter is that we should be ever ready for we know not when the Lord shall come. Readiness means being in a state where we can qualify for the Lord's Kingdom. Readiness means being at the centre of God's Will all the time. We cannot achieve this state by our power or might but by the Grace of God. Salvation is through Grace.
  • Lillie
    I think we must always live our life preparing for the return of Jesus.
  • Irene123
    The 'oil' is the symbolic of the Holy Ghost: being prayed up in the spirit everyday - and that is not referring to Jesus' 'example' prayer in Matt. - "Our Father which art in Heaven ..... "; repeating this everyday as one's 'prayer life' is tatamount to saying the rosary. We are to 'converse' with Him Just as we'd talk to our earthly fathers about our needs and/or just how much we love Him.

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