3:3 Therefore, remember what you received and heard, 1 and obey it, 2 and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never 3 know at what hour I will come against 4 you.
16:15 (Look! I will come like a thief!
1 tn The expression πῶς εἴληφας καὶ ἤκουσας (pw" eilhfa" kai hkousa") probably refers to the initial instruction in the Christian life they had received and been taught; this included doctrine and ethical teaching.
2 tn Grk “keep it,” in the sense of obeying what they had initially been taught.
3 tn The negation here is with οὐ μή (ou mh, the strongest possible form of negation in Koine Greek).
4 tn Or “come on.”
6 tn On the translation of ἀσχημοσύνη (aschmosunh) as “shameful condition” see L&N 25.202. The indefinite third person plural (“and they see”) has been translated as a passive here.
7 sn These lines are parenthetical, forming an aside to the narrative. The speaker here is the Lord Jesus Christ himself rather than the narrator. Many interpreters have seen this verse as so abrupt that it could not be an original part of the work, but the author has used such asides before (1:7; 14:13) and the suddenness here (on the eve of Armageddon) is completely parallel to Jesus’ warning in Mark 13:15-16 and parallels.