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Mark 13:1-37

13  And as he was on his way out of the temple-precinct, one of his disciples said to him “Teacher, look what stones and what architecture!” 2  And Jesus said to him “You see this great architecture? there shall not be one stone left on another that shall not be torn down.” 3  And when he was sitting on the side of the Mount of Olives opposite the temple-precinct Peter and James and John and Andrew put the question to him as they were by themselves, 4  “Tell us when this will be, and what will be the sign when all this is to come to its end?” 5  And Jesus began to say to them “Look out that no one deludes you; 6  many will come under my name, saying that it is I, and delude many. 7  And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be disquieted; they have to come, but it is not yet the end. 8  For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, there will be earthquakes in one place and another, there will be famines; this is the beginning of the birth-pangs. 9  But look out for your own selves; for they will have you arrested and taken into court, and you will be whipped in synagogues and set before governors and kings on my account, for an attestation to them.— 10  And the gospel must be proclaimed first among all the nations.— 11  And when they arrest you and carry you off, do not fret beforehand over what you are to speak, but whatever is given you at the moment, that speak; for it is not you that are speaking but the Holy Spirit.— 12  And a brother will have a brother arrested and put to death, and a father a child; and children will stand up against parents and have them put to death; 13  and you will be hated by all because of my name; but he who holds out to the end, he will come safe through. 14  “But when you see the desolating abomination standing where it ought not (let the reader note), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 15  let him who is on the roof not go down or in to take away anything from his house, 16  and let him who is in the field not go back to pick up his cloak; 17  and woe to women who are pregnant and nursing in those days! 18  But pray that it may not come in winter; 19  for those days will be a distress such as there has not been from the beginning of God’s creation till now, nor shall be. 20  And if the Lord had not cut the days short, no flesh would have come safe through; but because of the chosen whom he had singled out he did cut the days short. 21  And then if anybody says to you ‘here is the Messiah in this place,’ ‘here he is in that,’ do not believe it; 22*  for there will arise pretended Messiahs and pretended prophets, and they will exhibit tokens and wonders to lead the chosen astray if possible. 23  But you are to look out: I have told you everything beforehand. 24  “But in those days, after that distress, the sun will turn dark and the moon will not give its radiance, 25  and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken; 26  and then will they see the Son of Man coming among clouds with great power and glory; 27*  and then will he send out the angels and gather his chosen from the four winds, from the extremity of the earth to the extremity of the heavens. 28  “But learn from the fig-tree this parable: when its twigs come to turn tender and put out their leaves you know that the summer is near; 29  so you too, when you see these things taking place, are to know that he is near, at the doors. 30  I tell you verily that this generation shall not pass away until all this takes place. 31  The heavens and the earth will pass away, but my words will not. 32  But as to that day or that hour nobody knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father. 33  Look to it, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the time is. 34*  As a man going abroad, leaving his house and giving commissions to his servants, to each one his work, gave the doorman too a command, to keep awake— 35  keep awake then, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether at evening or at midnight or at cockcrow or at morning; 36  lest he should come all of a sudden and find you asleep. 37  And what I am saying to you I am saying to everybody: keep awake!”

Footnotes

13:22 Var. And (or But) there will
13:27 Var. the chosen
13:34 Or gave even the doorman a