12. Teaching to Be Watchful and Faithful
35 Let your loins be agirded and your blamps burning,
36 And you be like men waiting for their own master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that when he comes and aknocks they may open to him immediately.
37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master, when he comes, will find awatching. Truly I tell you that he will bgird himself and will have them crecline at table, and he will 1come to them and dserve them.
38 And if he comes in the second watch, or if in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
39 1But 2know this, that if the amaster of the house had 2known in what hour the bthief was coming, he 3would not have allowed his house to be 4cbroken into.
40 You also, be aready, because at an hour when you do not expect it, the Son of Man is bcoming.
41 And Peter said, Lord, are You saying this parable to us, or also to aall?
42 And the Lord said, Who then is the afaithful and bprudent csteward, whom the master will set over his service to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
43 aBlessed is that slave whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
44 Truly I tell you that he will aset him over all his possessions.
45 But if that slave says in his heart, My master is adelaying his coming, and begins to beat the male servants and the female servants and to eat and to drink and become bdrunk,
46 The master of that slave will come on a aday when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him asunder, and will appoint his portion with the unbelievers.
47 And that slave who knew his master's will and did not prepare or do according to his will, will receive many alashes;
48 But he who did anot know, yet did things worthy of stripes, will receive few lashes. But to every one to whom bmuch has been given, much will be required from him; and to whom much has been 1committed, they will ask of him all the more.