Verse 36. "Watch ye therefore, and pray always" - Perhaps we should connect ev panti kairw, continually, with agrupneite, watch, as it appears to be the most natural order. Indeed the word continually belongs equally to both watch and pray; and no man is safe, at any time, who does not attend to this advice as literally as possible.
"That shall come to pass" - That is, the tribulations which are on their way to overwhelm and destroy the Jewish people. These are sufficiently stated in the preceding verses.
"To stand before the Son of man." - To be acquitted, and to be condemned, are expressed, in Rom. xiv. 4, by standing and falling. Those who were faithful to the grace they had received were not only not destroyed in the destruction of Jerusalem, but became heralds of the grace and mercy of God to the nations. Thus they were counted worthy to stand before the Son of man-to minister salvation in his name.
Verse 37. "And in the day time" - Or, every day-tav hmerav. This probably relates to the four last days of his life already mentioned.
"Abode in the mount" - He taught all day in the temple, and withdrew every evening, and lodged in Bethany; a town at the foot, or on the declivity of the mount of Olives. See the note on Matt. xxi. 17.
Verse 38. "The people came early" - He returned early from the mount of Olives, and the people came early in the morning to the temple to hear his teaching. For practical observations on the awful subject of this chapter, see Matthew 24 at the end.