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21 Now as he looked up he saw the rich dropping their gifts into the treasury chests.*+ 2 Then he saw a certain needy widow drop two small coins of very little value* there,+ 3 and he said: “I tell YOU truthfully, This widow, although poor, dropped in more than they all did.+ 4 For all these dropped in gifts* out of their surplus, but this [woman] out of her want dropped in all the means of living she had.”+ 5 Later, as certain ones were speaking concerning the temple, how it was adorned with fine stones and dedicated things,+ 6 he said: “As for these things that YOU are beholding, the days will come in which not a stone upon a stone will be left here and not be thrown down.”+ 7 Then they questioned him, saying: “Teacher, when will these things actually be, and what will be the sign when these things are destined to occur?”+ 8 He said: “Look out that YOU are not misled;+ for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The due time has approached.’+ Do not go after them. 9 Furthermore, when YOU hear of wars and disorders, do not be terrified.+ For these things must occur first, but the end* does not [occur] immediately.” 10 Then he went on to say to them: “Nation will rise* against nation,+ and kingdom against kingdom;+ 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another pestilences and food shortages;+ and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.+ 12 “But before all these things people will lay their hands upon YOU and persecute+ YOU, delivering YOU up to the synagogues and prisons, YOU being haled before kings and governors for the sake of my name.+ 13 It will turn out to YOU for a witness.*+ 14 Therefore settle it in YOUR hearts not to rehearse beforehand how to make YOUR defense,+ 15 for I will give YOU a mouth* and wisdom, which all YOUR opposers together will not be able to resist or dispute.+ 16 Moreover, YOU will be delivered up even by parents+ and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of YOU to death;+ 17 and YOU will be objects of hatred by all people because of my name.+ 18 And yet not a hair+ of YOUR heads will by any means perish. 19 By endurance on YOUR part YOU will acquire YOUR souls.*+ 20 “Furthermore, when YOU see Jerusalem surrounded+ by encamped armies, then know that the desolating of her has drawn near.+ 21 Then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains, and let those in the midst of her withdraw, and let those in the country places not enter into her;+ 22 because these are days for meting out justice,* that all the things written may be fulfilled.+ 23 Woe to the pregnant women and the ones suckling a baby in those days!+ For there will be great necessity upon the land* and wrath on this people; 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations;+ and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations,* until the appointed times+ of the nations are fulfilled.* 25 “Also, there will be signs in sun+ and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations, not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea+ and [its] agitation,+ 26 while men become faint out of fear+ and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth;*+ for the powers* of the heavens will be shaken.+ 27 And then they will see the Son of man+ coming* in a cloud with power and great glory.+ 28 But as these things start to occur, raise yourselves erect and lift YOUR heads up, because YOUR deliverance is getting near.” 29 With that he spoke an illustration to them: “Note the fig tree and all the other trees:+ 30 When they are already in the bud, by observing it YOU know for yourselves that now the summer is near.+ 31 In this way YOU also, when YOU see these things occurring, know that the kingdom of God is near.+ 32 Truly I say to YOU, This generation* will by no means pass away until all things occur.+ 33 Heaven and earth will pass away,+ but my words will by no means pass away.+ 34 “But pay attention to yourselves that YOUR hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy+ drinking and anxieties+ of life,* and suddenly that day be instantly upon YOU+ 35 as a snare.+ For it will come in upon all those dwelling upon the face of all the earth.+ 36 Keep awake,+ then, all the time making supplication+ that YOU may succeed in escaping all these things that are destined to occur, and in standing before the Son of man.”+ 37 So by day he would be teaching in the temple,+ but by night he would go out and lodge on the mountain called the Mount of Olives.+ 38 And all the people+ would come early in the day to him in the temple to hear him.
^ Or, “the sacred treasury.”
^ Lit., “two lepta.” See App 8A.
^ Or, “contributed to the gifts.”
^ Or, “accomplished end; completed end.” Gr., teʹlos.
^ Or, “be stirred up; be roused up.”
^ “A witness.” Gr., mar·tyʹri·on; Lat., te·sti·moʹni·um.
^ Or, “forceful speech.”
^ Lit., “days of vengeance.”
^ Or, “earth.”
^ “Nations.” Gr., eth·nonʹ; Lat., genʹti·bus, “Gentiles”; J17(Heb.), ghoh·yimʹ, “goyim.”
^ “Are fulfilled and will be,” B.
^ Lit., “the inhabited.” Gr., tei oi·kou·meʹnei, dative, fem. sing., referring to the earth; Lat., u·ni·verʹso orʹbi, “the whole circle,” that is, of the earth. See Isa 13:11 ftn, “Land”; Na 1:5 ftn.
^ Or, “forces; hosts.”
^ “Coming.” Gr., er·khoʹme·non.
^ Or, “anxieties over livelihood.”