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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION)
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24 Departing now, Jesus was on his way from the temple, but his disciples approached to show him the buildings of the temple.+
2 In response he said to them: “Do YOU not behold all these things? Truly I say to YOU, By no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down.”+
3 While he was sitting upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence+ and of the conclusion of the system of things?”+
4 And in answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads YOU;+
5 for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.+
6 YOU are going to hear of wars and reports of wars; see that YOU are not terrified. For these things must take place, but the end is not yet.+
7 “For nation will rise against nation+ and kingdom against kingdom,+ and there will be food shortages+ and earthquakes+ in one place after another.
8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.
9 “Then people will deliver YOU up to tribulation+ and will kill+ YOU, and YOU will be objects of hatred+ by all the nations on account of my name.+
10 Then, also, many will be stumbled+ and will betray one another and will hate one another.+
11 And many false prophets+ will arise and mislead many;+
12 and because of the increasing of lawlessness+ the love of the greater number will cool off.+
13 But he that has endured+ to the end is the one that will be saved.+
14 And this good news+ of the kingdom+ will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations;+ and then the end+ will come.
15 “Therefore, when YOU catch sight of the disgusting thing+ that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place,+ (let the reader use discernment,)
16 then let those in Ju·de′a begin fleeing+ to the mountains.
17 Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house;
18 and let the man in the field not return to the house to pick up his outer garment.
19 Woe to the pregnant women and those suckling a baby in those days!+
20 Keep praying that YOUR flight may not occur in wintertime, nor on the sabbath day;
21 for then there will be great tribulation+ such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now,+ no, nor will occur again.
22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones+ those days will be cut short.+
23 “Then if anyone says to YOU, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’+ or, ‘There!’ do not believe it.+
24 For false Christs+ and false prophets+ will arise and will give great signs+ and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones.+
25 Look! I have forewarned YOU.+
26 Therefore, if people say to YOU, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; ‘Look! He is in the inner chambers,’ do not believe it.+
27 For just as the lightning+ comes out of eastern parts and shines over to western parts, so the presence of the Son of man will be.+
28 Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles+ will be gathered together.+
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened,+ and the moon+ will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.+
30 And then the sign of the Son of man+ will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in lamentation,+ and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.+
31 And he will send forth his angels with a great trumpet sound,+ and they will gather his chosen ones+ together from the four winds,+ from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity.
32 “Now learn from the fig tree as an illustration this point: Just as soon as its young branch grows tender and it puts forth leaves, YOU know that summer is near.+
33 Likewise also YOU, when YOU see all these things, know that he is near at the doors.+
34 Truly I say to YOU that this generation+ will by no means pass away until all these things occur.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away,+ but my words will by no means pass away.+
36 “Concerning that day and hour+ nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.+
37 For just as the days of Noah+ were, so the presence of the Son of man will be.+
38 For as they were in those days before the flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah+ entered into the ark;+
39 and they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away,+ so the presence of the Son of man will be.
40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken along and the other be abandoned;
41 two women will be grinding at the hand mill:+ one will be taken along and the other be abandoned.+
42 Keep on the watch, therefore, because YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming.+
43 “But know one thing, that if the householder had known in what watch the thief was coming,+ he would have kept awake and not allowed his house to be broken into.
44 On this account YOU too prove yourselves ready,+ because at an hour that YOU do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming.
45 “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave+ whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?+
46 Happy+ is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so.
47 Truly I say to YOU, He will appoint him over all his belongings.+
48 “But if ever that evil slave should say in his heart,+ ‘My master is delaying,’+
49 and should start to beat his fellow slaves and should eat and drink with the confirmed drunkards,
50 the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect and in an hour+ that he does not know,
51 and will punish him with the greatest severity+ and will assign him his part with the hypocrites. There is where [his] weeping and the gnashing of [his] teeth will be.+