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Luke 21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Widow’s Offering

21 He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

The Destruction of the Temple Foretold

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”

Signs and Persecutions

They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’[a] and, ‘The time is near!’[b] Do not go after them.

“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” 10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13 This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; 15 for I will give you words[c] and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 You will be hated by all because of my name. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.

The Destruction of Jerusalem Foretold

20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near.[d] 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in the country must not enter it; 22 for these are days of vengeance, as a fulfillment of all that is written. 23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people; 24 they will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken away as captives among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man

25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Exhortation to Watch

34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.


  1. Luke 21:8 Gk I am
  2. Luke 21:8 Or at hand
  3. Luke 21:15 Gk a mouth
  4. Luke 21:20 Or is at hand
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Luke 21 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Widow’s Offering

21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.[a]

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

Jesus Speaks about the Future

Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?”

He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’[b] and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” 10 Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. 13 But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.[c] 14 So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, 15 for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! 16 Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. 17 And everyone will hate you because you are my followers.[d] 18 But not a hair of your head will perish! 19 By standing firm, you will win your souls.

20 “And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Those in Jerusalem must get out, and those out in the country should not return to the city. 22 For those will be days of God’s vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled. 23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people. 24 They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end.

25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man[e] coming on a cloud with power and great glory.[f] 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

29 Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. 30 When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. 31 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. 32 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives. 38 The crowds gathered at the Temple early each morning to hear him.


  1. 21:2 Greek two lepta [the smallest of Jewish coins].
  2. 21:8 Greek claiming, ‘I am.’
  3. 21:13 Or This will be your testimony against them.
  4. 21:17 Greek on account of my name.
  5. 21:27a “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
  6. 21:27b See Dan 7:13.
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Luke 21 Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament (MOUNCE)

21 Looking anablepō up , · de Jesus saw · ho rich people plousios putting ballō their autos gifts dōron into eis the ho offering gazophylakion box , · ho and de he saw a tis poor penichros widow chēra put ballō in ekei two dyo small coins. And kai he said legō, “ I tell legō you hymeis the truth alēthōs, that hoti · ho this houtos poor ptōchos widow chēra · ho has put ballō in more polys than all pas the rest. For gar they houtos all pas, out ek of ho their autos excess perisseuō, put ballō in eis their ho gifts dōron, but de she houtos, out ek of ho her autos need hysterēma, put in ballō everything pas that hos she had echō · ho to live bios on .”

And kai while some tis were speaking legō of peri the ho temple hieron, how hoti it was adorned kosmeō with beautiful kalos stones lithos and kai gifts anathēma dedicated to God , Jesus said legō, These houtos things that hos you see theōreō days hēmera will come erchomai in en which hos there will not ou be left aphiēmi stone lithos upon epi stone lithos that hos will not ou be thrown katalyō down .”

And de they asked eperōtaō him autos, saying legō, “ Teacher didaskalos, when pote will these houtos things be eimi, and kai what tis is the ho sign sēmeion when hotan these things houtos are about mellō to happen ginomai?” And de he ho said legō, “ See blepō that you are not led planaō astray ! For gar many polys will come erchomai in epi · ho my egō name onoma, saying legō, ‘ I egō am eimi he!’ and kai, ‘ The ho time kairos is at hand engizō!’ Do not go poreuō after opisō them autos. When hotan · de you hear akouō of wars polemos and kai rebellions akatastasia, do not be terrified ptoeō, for gar these things houtos must dei take ginomai place first prōton, but alla the ho end telos will not ou follow immediately eutheōs.” 10 Then tote he said legō to them autos, “ Nation ethnos will rise egeirō against epi nation ethnos, and kai kingdom basileia against epi kingdom basileia; 11 there will be eimi great megas earthquakes seismos, and kai in various kata places topos famines limos and kai plagues loimos. There will be eimi dreadful phobētron portents and kai great megas signs sēmeion from apo heaven ouranos. 12 But de before pro all pas these houtos things , they will lay epiballō their autos hands cheir on epi you hymeis · ho and kai persecute diōkō you, handing paradidōmi you over to eis the ho synagogues synagōgē and kai prisons phylakē, bringing apagō you before epi kings basileus and kai governors hēgemōn for the sake of · ho my egō name onoma. 13 This will result apobainō in an opportunity for you hymeis for eis witness martyrion. 14 So oun determine tithēmi in en · ho your hymeis hearts kardia not to rehearse promeletaō beforehand how to defend apologeomai yourself , 15 For gar I egō am the one who will give didōmi you hymeis a mouth stoma and kai wisdom sophia, which hos none ou of your hymeis adversaries antikeimai will be able dynamai to resist anthistēmi or ē contradict antilegō. · ho 16 You will be handed paradidōmi over · de even kai by hypo parents goneus and kai brothers adelphos and kai relatives syngenēs and kai friends philos, and kai some of ek you hymeis they will put thanatoō to death . 17 · kai You will be eimi hated miseō by hypo all pas because dia of · ho my egō name onoma. 18 Yet kai not ou a hair thrix of ek · ho your hymeis head kephalē will perish apollymi. 19 By en · ho your hymeis endurance hypomonē you will gain ktaomai · ho your hymeis lives psychē.

20  But de when hotan you see Jerusalem Ierousalēm surrounded kykloō by hypo armies stratopedon, then tote know ginōskō that hoti its autos desolation erēmōsis has drawn engizō near . · ho 21 Then tote those ho who are in en · ho Judea Ioudaia must flee pheugō to eis the ho mountains oros, and kai those ho in en the midst mesos of the city autos must evacuate ekchōreō, and kai those ho in en the ho country chōra must not enter eiserchomai it autos, 22 for hoti these houtos are eimi days hēmera of vengeance ekdikēsis, so ho that everything pas that ho has been written graphō may be fulfilled pimplēmi. 23 Woe ouai to those ho who are echō pregnant en gastēr and kai to those ho who are nursing thēlazō infants in en those ekeinos · ho days hēmera! For gar there will be eimi great megas distress anankē on epi the ho earth and kai wrath orgē against ho this houtos people laos. 24 · kai They will fall piptō by the edge stoma of the sword machaira and kai be led captive aichmalōtizō to eis · ho all pas nations ethnos, and kai Jerusalem Ierousalēm will be eimi trampled pateō underfoot by hypo the Gentiles ethnos, until achri hos the times kairos of ethnos the Gentiles ethnos are fulfilled plēroō.

25 · kai There will be eimi signs sēmeion in en the sun hēlios and kai moon selēnē and kai stars astron; and kai on epi the ho earth distress synochē among nations ethnos confused aporia by the roaring ēchos and kai surging salos of the sea thalassa; 26 people anthrōpos fainting apopsychō with apo fear phobos and kai foreboding prosdokia of what ho is coming eperchomai on the ho world oikoumenē. For gar the ho powers dynamis of the ho heavens ouranos will be shaken saleuō. 27 And kai then tote they will see horaō the ho Son hyios of ho Man anthrōpos coming erchomai on en a cloud nephelē with meta power dynamis and kai great polys glory doxa. 28 Now de when these things houtos begin archō to happen ginomai, straighten anakyptō yourselves up and kai raise epairō · ho your hymeis heads kephalē, because dioti your hymeis deliverance apolytrōsis is drawing engizō near .” · ho

29 And kai he told legō them autos a parable parabolē: “Look at the ho fig sykē tree , and kai all pas the ho trees dendron. 30 When hotan they have already ēdē put proballō forth their leaves, you see blepō for apo yourselves heautou and know ginōskō that hoti summer theros is eimi already ēdē near engys. · ho 31 So houtōs also kai you hymeis, when hotan you see these houtos things happening ginomai, will know ginōskō that hoti the ho kingdom basileia of ho God theos is eimi near engys. 32 I tell legō you hymeis the truth amēn, that hoti this houtos generation genea will by no means ou have passed parerchomai away · ho before heōs an all pas things have happened ginomai. 33 · ho Heaven ouranos and kai · ho earth will pass parerchomai away , · ho but de my egō words logos will not ou mē pass parerchomai away .

34  But de watch prosechō yourselves heautou lest mēpote your hymeis minds kardia be dulled bareō · ho by en dissipation kraipalē and kai drunkenness methē and kai the anxieties merimna of this life biōtikos, and kai that ekeinos day hēmera close ephistēmi down upon epi you hymeis suddenly aiphnidios, · ho 35 like hōs a trap pagis. For gar it will come epeiserchomai upon epi all pas those ho who live kathēmai on epi the face prosōpon of the ho whole pas earth . 36 Be alert agrypneō · de at en all pas times kairos, praying deomai that hina you may have strength katischuō to escape ekpheugō all pas these houtos things that ho will mellō take ginomai place , and kai to stand histēmi before emprosthen the ho Son hyios of ho Man anthrōpos.”

37 During the ho day hēmera he was eimi · de in en the ho temple hieron teaching didaskō, but de at ho night nyx he went exerchomai out and stayed aulizomai on eis the ho hill oros · ho called kaleō “The Mount of Olives elaia.” 38 And kai all pas the ho people laos came orthrizō to pros him autos in en the ho temple hieron at dawn to listen akouō to him autos.

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