Matthew 24:44-51 (ESV):

44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What place is Jesus referring to?

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Those who believe in eternal conscious torment of the wicked are often too quick to jump to the interpretation of Jesus' parable in Matt 24:45-51 about the faithful vs unfaithful servant. Let us understand the parable before interpreting it!

The noun μέρος (meros) is often unhelpfully translated "place" but is correctly translated by the KJV, NKJV, ASV, DRB, GNT, LSV, ets, as "portion".

Indeed, BDB (similar to Thayer) gives the following meanings "(1) part, or (2) share". The only time it might be construed as "place" is where it used as a "share" of the land inheritance, etc. That is, Matt 24:51 does not discuss a "place" at all.

Thus, all that Matt 24:51 is saying is that such unfaithful servants will be have the same treatment/fate/consequences as the hypocrites.

Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth

The weeping and gnashing of teeth is explained according to Heb 10:26, 27 -

If we deliberately go on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins remains, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume all adversaries.

Note that a "fearful expectation of judgment" results from a realization of guilt before God in the judgement (compare Luke 11:31, John 5:24-28, etc). I also note that the fire of judgement will "consume" as per Heb 10:27.

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