Being carefully observant, attentive or aware.
Key passages
Is 21:5–12

Set out the table in order! Spread out the rugs! Eat! drink! Rise up, commanders; smear the shield! For the Lord said this to me: “Go, set a watchman in position. He must announce what he sees. When he sees riders, a pair of horsemen, riders of donkeys, riders of camels, …

Eze 33:7–9

“And you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; if you hear a word from my mouth, then you must warn them from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘Wicked one, you will certainly die,’ and you did not speak to warn the wicked from his way, he, the wicked, will die by his …

Mt 25:1–13

“Then the kingdom of heaven may be compared to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were foolish and five were wise. For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take olive oil with them. But the …

Mk 14:38

Stay awake and pray that you will not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak!”

1 Th 5:4–8

But you, brothers, are not in the darkness, so that the day should catch you like a thief, for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. So then, we must not sleep like the rest, but must be on the alert and be self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep …

1 Pe 5:8

Be sober; be on the alert. Your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

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