21:36 But stay alert at all times, 3 praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must 4 happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
1 tn Grk “watch out for yourselves.”
sn Disciples are to watch out. If they are too absorbed into everyday life, they will stop watching and living faithfully.
2 sn Or like a thief, see Luke 12:39-40. The metaphor of a trap is a vivid one. Most modern English translations traditionally place the words “like a trap” at the end of v. 34, completing the metaphor. In the Greek text (and in the NRSV and REB) the words “like a trap” are placed at the beginning of v. 35. This does not affect the meaning.
3 sn The call to be alert at all times is a call to remain faithful in looking for the Lord’s return.
4 tn For the translation of μέλλω (mellw) as “must,” see L&N 71.36.