Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep.
But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’
“Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and * settled accounts with them.
“ On my bed night after night I sought him Whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him.
“ I was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking: ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling, My dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, My locks with the damp of the night.’
Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep.
“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?
Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
And He *came and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?
But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
For this reason it says, “ Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”
so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
and saying, “ Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”
Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.