Awake, Sober, and Alert

Subsidiary post:  Alert in Prayer

Contrasting post:  Drunkenness

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Relevant words, and they are often antonyms, are put in bold print.

Matthew 25:5  –  “Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep.”

Luke 21:34-36  –  “”Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap…But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you have the strength…”

Acts 26:25  –  “…I utter words of sober truth.”

Romans 13:11-13  –  “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.  The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.”

1 Corinthians 15:34  –  “Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning…”  –  As for “mind,” see 1 Peter 1:13 below and Mind.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-8  –  “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.  For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.  But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.”

2 Timothy 4:5  –  “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

1 Peter 1:13  –  “…prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on…”

1 Peter 4:7  –  “…be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.”

1 Peter 5:8  –  “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil…”


Proverbs 23:21  –  “For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty and drowsiness will clothe one with rags.”

Ecclesiastes 10:17  –  “Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time–for strength and not for drunkenness.”


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