Direction of Grace.
Luke 12:35 KJV
Let your loins be girded ABOUT,
and [your] lights burning
Ephesians 6:14 KJV
having your loins girt ABOUT with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Let your loins be girded about
To “gird up the loins” was, in Eastern habits and with Eastern garments, the received symbol of readiness for active service (Luke 12:37; Luke 17:8; 1 Kings 18:46; 2 Kings 1:8; John 13:4; 1 Peter 1:13).
The “lights” are the lamps (as in Matthew 5:15) which the watchful hold in their hands.
What follows has the interest of presenting the germ of the thought which was afterwards developed into the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. (See Matthew 25:1-13.)