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katapi HOME Watchful Servants - Lk.12.35-48  Mt.24.45-51       | NEB Books | notes

Luke: 12
35'Be ready for action, with belts fastened and lamps alight. 36Be like men who wait for their master's return from a wedding-party, ready to let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37Happy are those servants whom the master finds on the alert when he comes. I tell you this: he will fasten his belt, seat them at table, and come and wait on them. 38Even if it is the middle of the night or before dawn when he comes, happy they if he finds them alert. 39And remember, if the householder had known what time the burglar was coming he would not have let his house be broken into. 40Hold yourselves ready, then, because the Son of Man is coming at the time you least expect him.'
41Peter said, 'Lord, do you intend this parable specially for us or is it for everyone?' 42The Lord said, 'Well, who is the trusty and sensible man whom his master will appoint as his steward, to manage his servants and issue their rations at the proper time? 43Happy that servant who is found at his task when his master comes! 44I tell you this: he will be put in charge of all his master's property. 45But if that servant says to himself, "The master is a long time coming", and begins to bully the menservants and maids, and eat and drink and get drunk; 46then the master will arrive on a day that servant does not expect, at a time he does not know, and will cut him in pieces. Thus he will find his place among the faithless.
47'The servant who knew his master's wishes, yet made no attempt to carry them out, will be flogged severely. 48But one who did not know them and earned a beating will be flogged less severely. Where a man has been given much, much will be expected of him; and the more a man has had entrusted to him the more he will be required to repay.

Matthew: 24
45'Who is the trusty servant, the sensible man charged by his master to manage his household staff and issue their rations at the proper time? 46Happy that servant who is found at his task when his master comes! 47I tell you this: he will be put in charge of all his master's property. 48But if he is a bad servant and says to himself, "The master is a long time coming", 49and begins to bully the other servants and to eat and drink with his drunken friends, 50then the master will arrive on a day that servant does not expect, at a time he does not know, 51and will cut him in pieces. Thus he will find his place among the hypocrites, where there is wailing and grinding of teeth.

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
The katapi New Study Bible Synopsis of the Gospels is based upon the headings displayed in the New Study Bible reference table which in turn follows the headings printed in the United Bible Societies' New Testament in Greek. These sections are more useful for bible study. Columns are arranged so that the first column is your chosen heading from the bible passage list (highlighted). The harmonies that follow across the web-page are then in the normally accepted order.
For Old Testament references quoted by New Testament authors, you should either go back to the passage listing web-page and select the link on the 'version' column; or click on the column heading and search through the chapter for the relevant passage; than select the OT passage from the reference column.

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