Matthew 24:20


“But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:”

King James Version (KJV)



Other Translations of Matthew 24:20

“But pray yee that your flight bee not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of Matthew chapter 24

“"But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.”
New American Standard Version (1995)

“And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on a sabbath:”
American Standard Version (1901)

“And say a prayer that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.”
Basic English Bible

“But pray that your flight may not be in winter time nor on sabbath:”
Darby Bible

“But pray that your flight be not in the winter, or on the sabbath. ”
Douay Rheims Bible

“But pray ye that your flight may not be in the winter, neither on the sabbath: ”
Webster's Bible

“But pray that your flight may not be in winter, nor on the Sabbath;”
Weymouth Bible

“Pray that your flight will not be in the winter, nor on a Sabbath,”
World English Bible

“Preye ye, that youre fleyng be not maad in wynter, or in the saboth.”
Wycliffe Bible

“and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, nor on a sabbath;”
Youngs Literal Bible


Chris's comment on 2020-12-20 04:26:59:

This portion of Scripture speaks about a man of God (a prophet, with no name given) who correctly & faithfully declared the Words of God but was also led astray by others, being disobedient to God's clear Command.

This prophet approached King Jeroboam (King of Israel at that time) who was offering worship to an idol. And he proclaimed that the day would come when a king would come (Josiah of Judah) who would one day bring in all these wicked idol-worshipping priests & burn them on this altar. When Jeroboam heard this, he was furious as he was a 'bad' king given to idolatry & so instructed that this prophet be secured. By this wicked command, the king's hand withered by an Act of God. But the prophet sought healing from God for the king.

The king wanted to feed him & reward the prophet for doing this on his behalf, but as instructed by God, the prophet was to proceed with his travel & not turn back. But another (old) prophet heard of the work of this unnamed prophet & invited him to return back & dine with him & his sons. This sounded like a time of good fellowship as two prophets got together & could share their exploits & old stories. So he turned back - BUT that was in clear disobedience to the Lord's command not to do so. So the 'old' prophet received a Word from God that because of the other prophet's disobedience, that prophet would die an unnatural death as punishment. As it happened, on the way out, a lion met him & killed him.

That's the story in a nutshell but the message is clear: that when we wilfully disobey the Lord, we must expect discipline or suffering. Fortunately for the Christian, the Blood of Christ avails for us; we can ask God for forgiveness & He does forgive because we are His children & because of what Christ's death accomplished on our behalf. But we should always take care as sin (as that lion) lies at our door.


Perry Wicker's comment on 2020-12-19 09:19:42:

Can someone please explain 1 Kings chapter 13? There are several things in this chapter that I am struggling with to grasp their meaning.


Mishael to Jesse's comment on 2020-05-06 00:14:17:

I always wondered about that verse. What it means. Thanks for that explanation.


Jesse's comment on 2020-05-05 11:46:18:


Winter is very severe in Jerusalem. It even snows. Jesus says but also neither on the Sabbath day.

You see, Jesus is talking to Jews. He is talking to Orthodox Jews, and only Orthodox Jews. If it happens on the Sabbath Day, they can only go a thousand yards, and then they have to stop. They can't go any further than that, so they have to wait until sundown.

So he says to pray that it is not during winter, nor on the Sabbath Day, because you will have a rough time.


Chris's comment on 2020-05-04 23:07:03:

John, that portion in Matthew 24 was Jesus' teaching to His disciples about the Tribulation & His Second Coming. I fully realize that many Christians attribute some of these portions of Jesus' teaching on His Second Coming, to the Church's preparedness for Anti-Christ, Great Tribulation & Rapture. However, I stand stoically on these portions, that the Lord actually described aspects of the Tribulation, & has nothing to do with the Rapture of the Church. The Rapture = Snatching Away, of believers was what was revealed to the apostle Paul (1 Thes 4:13-18; 5:1-11): refers to Christ's coming to snatch away His Church before the Great Tribulation comes upon the unbelieving world.

So, looking at Mt 24:20, I understand that Jesus was referring to the Jews at the time of Anti-Christ & the Great Tribulation, that they were to flee as fast as they could to hide from the desolation that was to take place. So the prayer that their flight (fleeing) would not be in Winter on a Sabbath day, was simply because of the harsh conditions of Winter & the legal requirements prohibiting travel, work & effort on the Sabbath for the Jews. So, rest assured that you won't need to be concerned about your flight into the hills, but the other imploring messages by the apostles, that our flight into the air to meet the Lord, will be certain because of our real & precious faith.


John Bark's comment on 2020-05-04 12:40:16:

I know things are hectic this year. But what does it matter that I should pray that my flight not be on the the Sabbath? Is it some how bad if We run for the hills on the Sabbath? I can understand winter. But why Sabbath?


Sylvia's comment on 2020-04-18 07:57:23:

Wow Matthew 24-20 say but pray ye

that your flight be not in the winter, neither

on the Sabbath day. That is something people

should be focusing on this verse is so correct

On what we are facing now.


Robert's comment on 2015-07-12 16:13:39:

And they that escape shall escape and be on the mountains as doves of the valley. Every on of them mourning for their own iniquity Ezekiel 7


Moshia's comment on 2014-10-13 06:36:09:

Sunday never was, isn 't and never will be the Sabbath. Yeshua was a Rabbi who taught the Law Torah of his G d. Yeshua can 't change G d 's everlasting decrees. G d is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent.


douyett dennis's comment on 2014-06-22 22:39:51:

jesus was talking of the war that would inconvient the jews he was not talking of his coming you will see that .the disciple ask him when will these come and of his coming


connie's comment on 2014-04-23 10:22:52:

not clear to me exactly


Smith's comment on 2014-02-20 11:32:54:

I ve always thought Jesus was referring to the tribulation Winter is the last season meaning the end of the tribulation Sunday is the last day of the week also meaning the end of the tribulation Remember Jesus didn t even know the exact day or hour of his coming only the father knows that s why he say s pray


willie jackson's comment on 2011-11-17 16:03:28:

A thought for the unfaithful:
its cold in the winter everywhere, how about your soul. the day of rest is the sabbath: are you resting while God"s work is undone.


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