Therefore, you should be watchful, for you do not know the day or hour [i.e., when the Son of man will return].
Therefore be alert, for you do not know on what day the Lord will come.
"You should pay attention; be alert and pray, for you do not know when the time will come [i.e., for the Lord to return].
You people should be alert; stand firm in the faith; act like [godly] men; be [spiritually] strong.
that slave's master will return on a day that he least expects, and at an unknown hour.
But you should be alert at all times, offering earnest prayers, so that you will be strong enough to escape all these things that will happen, and to appear [acceptable] in front of the Son of man [on that day]."
So, be very watchful, and remember that for three years I never stopped warning every one of you [about such matters] both night and day with tears [in my eyes].
So then, we should not be [spiritually] asleep, like the rest [i.e., the unsaved world], but we should be alert and sober [i.e., in control of our senses].
But you should be sober-minded about everything, [willing to] endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
But the end of everything [as far as your lives are concerned] is near, so be sensible, and sober [so as to be] prayerful.
Be sensible and alert; your enemy the devil is prowling around like a roaring [i.e., hungry] lion looking for someone to [kill and] eat.
[Note: At this point the Lord's voice breaks into John's vision]. ("Look, I am coming like a thief. That person is happy who stays alert and is dressed [properly], so he does not appear naked and have to be shamefully exposed").
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