Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 8, Chapter 6, Texts 16-19 by Guruprasad Swami.
16 – TRANSLATION
Sukadeva Gosvami continued: When the Lord was thus offered prayers by the demigods, headed by Lord Brahma, He understood the purpose for which they had approached Him. Therefore, in a deep voice that resembled the rumbling of clouds, the Lord replied to the demigods, who all stood there attentively with folded hands.
17 – TRANSLATION
Although the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of the demigods, was capable of performing the activities of the demigods by Himself, He wanted to enjoy pastimes in churning the ocean. Therefore He spoke as follows.
18 – TRANSLATION
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O Lord Brahma, Lord Siva and other demigods, please hear Me with great attention, for what I say will bring good fortune for all of you.
19 – TRANSLATION
As long as you are not flourishing, you should make a truce with the demons and asuras, who are now being favored by time.
One word in this verse has two readings — kalena and kavyena. Kalena means “favored by time,” and kavyena means “favored by Sukracarya,” Sukracarya being the spiritual master of the Daityas. The demons and Daityas were favored in both ways, and therefore the demigods were advised by the Supreme Lord to execute a truce for the time being, until time favored them.