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Luke 12:35

    Luke 12:35 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Be ready, dressed as for a journey, with your lights burning.

    Webster's Revision

    Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning;

    World English Bible

    "Let your waist be dressed and your lamps burning.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning;

    Definitions for Luke 12:35

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.
    Loins - The lower back; waist.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 12:35

    Let your loins - Be active, diligent, determined ready; let all hinderances be removed out of the way; and let the candle of the Lord be always found burning brightly in your hand. See on Luke 12:37 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 12:35

    Let your loins ... - This alludes to the ancient manner of dress. They wore a long flowing robe as their outer garment. See the notes at Matthew 5:38-41. When they labored, or walked, or ran, it was necessary to "gird" or tie this up by a "sash" or girdle about the body, that it might not impede their progress. Hence, to gird up the loins means to be "ready," to be active, to be diligent. Compare 2 Kings 4:29; 2 Kings 9:1; Jeremiah 1:17; Acts 12:8.

    Your lights burning - This expresses the same meaning. Be ready at all times to leave the world and enter into rest, when your Lord shall call you. Let every obstacle be out of the way; let every earthly care be removed, and be prepared to follow him into his rest. Servants were expected to be ready for the coming of their lord. If in the night, they were expected to keep their lights trimmed and burning. When their master was away in attendance on a wedding, as they knew not the hour when he would return, they were to be continually ready. So we, as we know not the hour when God shall call us, should be "always" ready to die. Compare the notes at Matthew 25:1-13.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 12:35

    12:35 Let your loins be girt - An allusion to the long garments, worn by the eastern nations, which they girded or tucked up about their loins, when they journeyed or were employed in any labour: as also to the lights that servants used to carry at weddings, which were generally in the night.