Revelation 16:15

“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Behold, I come as a thiefe. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, least hee walke naked, and they see his shame.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

("Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.)"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walked naked, and they see his shame.)
- American Standard Version (1901)

(See, I come as a thief. Happy is he who is watching and keeps his robes, so that he may not go unclothed, and his shame be seen.)
- Basic English Bible

(Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watches and keeps his garments, that he may not walk naked, and that they [may not] see his shame.)
- Darby Bible

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
- Webster's Bible

("I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the man who keeps awake and guards his raiment for fear he walk about ill-clad, and his uncomeliness become manifest.")
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his clothes, so that he doesn't walk naked, and they see his shame.
- World English Bible

Lo! Y come, as a niyt theefe. Blessid is he that wakith, and kepith hise clothis, that he wandre not nakid, and that thei se not the filthhed of hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

`lo, I do come as a thief; happy [is] he who is watching, and keeping his garments, that he may not walk naked, and they may see his unseemliness,' --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 16:15


16:15 Behold, I come as a thief - Suddenly, unexpectedly. Observe the beautiful abruptness. I - Jesus Christ. Hear him. Happy is he that watcheth. - Looking continually for him that cometh quickly. And keepeth on his garments - Which men use to put off when they sleep. Lest he walk naked, and they see his shame - Lest he lose the graces which he takes no care to keep, and others see his sin and punishment.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 16:15


Re 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. This is interposed in order to give a place for exhortation to be always ready. The Lamb comes when men do not see him.

Discussion for Revelation 16:15

  • Christopher for verse 15
    Jesus is talking about Christ 's body being the land. Garments are your forests that shade the rock from the scorching sun. The thief comes to take your trees and if you walk in nakedness you become a parched bones. To be covered with new garments means to become covered with snow white mountains that restore the forests and the land body. Your days are numbered as the Fir Trees in the forest. Christ 's days are numbered forever. If you 're with Christ-Jesus you 'd be wise to stop them from removing the only thing that washes your filth and brings white garments. Are you watching or are you bearing false witness against those who are naked in the deserts of another land?
  • The only way to be covered as opposed to being naked is to be robed with Christ 's righteousness. Nothing else will do. Not even all our good deeds - they are just like filthy rags according to Isaiah. Don 't get me wrong. Good deeds are bound to happen as a RESULT of being attached to the vine and bearing fruit but not good deeds per se. Believe in Christ, abide IN Him and He will abide in you and you will bear fruit for His glory and for His everlasting Kingdom, turn to Him and remain IN Him and you will be saved and clothed with His righteousness, and you will not "go naked and be shamefully exposed. " Refer also Is 59:6b, Is 64:6 and Rev 3:17-18
  • Kevin fagan for verse 15
    What more proof do people need than I come as a thief is after the Tribulation , just as Jesus told os in Mathew 24. Dont listen to so called experts, read the bible and its all there, no more assumptions like falling away means the rapture or the elect are jews or the restrainer is the holy spirit or the last trumpet is some trumpet from the feast of trumpets !!!!! Paul tells us the rapture happens at the same time as the resurection of the dead , Jesus tells us 4 times when that will be...on the last day !
  • I believe Pre-Trib. We are the children of God, we are the Bride of Christ, my opinion, NO WAY are we to go through this "hell" of the Tribulation, the 7 seals, the 7 trumpets, the 7 bowls? REV. 19: 11, says there will be 7 years of celebration in Heaven and 7 years of horrible tribulation on earth?
  • Not totally sure, but looks like this verse goes against the teaching that is popular today w/ many TV ministers. Many today preach the "Pre-Trib" teaching as fact. I agree that the rapture could occur anytime, but it is interesting how the metaphor ("thief in the night") resembles exactly the other verses in Matthew, Luke and w/ Apostle Paul when discussing the rapture.

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