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Today's Verse Analysis

After a story talking about servants waiting for their Master.

Spoken to
KJV Verse

Luke 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

NIV Verse:

Luke 12:40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

What His Listeners Heard:

Also you yourselves get ready. Because, at this hour you don't expect, the son of the man shows up.


Lost In Translation:

The punchline at the end is self-deprecating humor. The one showing up in the previous verse is "a thief." In this verse, the Son of the Man becomes a "thief" that his listeners should be ready for so their houses are not "dug through."

The word translated as "be" means "to become," that is, to enter into a new state.  With the word "ready" below, it works like "get ready" or "get prepared" in English. The phrase translated as "at an hour" is "at this hour," or, more precisely, "at this, an hour that you don't expect."

KJV w/Translation Issues :

Be(CW) ye (MW) therefore(OS) ready also: for the Son of (MW) man cometh at an(WW) hour when(IW) ye think(CW) not.

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What Jesus's Listeners Heard

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