14 And this (A)gospel of the kingdom (B)will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The Great Tribulation(C)

15 (D)“Therefore when you see the (E)‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (F)(whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But (G)woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For (H)then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; (I)but for the [a]elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

23 (J)“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For (K)false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, (L)if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 (M)For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 (N)For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man(O)

29 (P)“Immediately after the tribulation of those days (Q)the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 (R)Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, (S)and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 (T)And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His [b]elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree(U)

32 “Now learn (V)this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know (W)that [c]it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, (X)this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

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  1. Matthew 24:22 chosen ones’
  2. Matthew 24:31 chosen ones
  3. Matthew 24:33 Or He

14 This (A)gospel of the kingdom (B)shall be preached in the whole [a](C)world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Perilous Times

15 “Therefore when you see the (D)abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in (E)the holy place—[b](F)let the [c]reader understand— 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 [d]Whoever is on (G)the [e]housetop must not go down to get things out of his house. 18 And [f]whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But (H)woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 Moreover, pray that [g]when you flee, it will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a (I)great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will again. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no [h]life would have been saved; but for (J)the sake of the [i]elect those days will be cut short. 23 (K)Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the [j]Christ,’ or ‘He is over here,’ do not believe him. 24 For false christs and (L)false prophets will arise and will provide great [k](M)signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even (N)the [l]elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27 (O)For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will the (P)coming of the (Q)Son of Man [m]be. 28 (R)Wherever the corpse is, there the [n]vultures will gather.

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the (S)tribulation of those days (T)the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and (U)the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then (V)the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see (W)the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And (X)He will send forth His angels with (Y)a great trumpet blast, and they will gather together His [o](Z)elect from (AA)the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Parable of the Fig Tree

32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: as soon as its branch has become tender and sprouts its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so you too, when you see all these things, [p]recognize that [q]He is near, right (AB)at the [r]door. 34 Truly I say to you, (AC)this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

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  1. Matthew 24:14 Lit inhabited earth
  2. Matthew 24:15 Or the reader is to understand
  3. Matthew 24:15 I.e., the reader of Daniel
  4. Matthew 24:17 Lit The one who
  5. Matthew 24:17 Housetops were flat living areas
  6. Matthew 24:18 Lit the one who
  7. Matthew 24:20 Lit your flight will not be
  8. Matthew 24:22 Lit flesh
  9. Matthew 24:22 Or chosen ones
  10. Matthew 24:23 I.e., Messiah
  11. Matthew 24:24 I.e., confirming miracles
  12. Matthew 24:24 Or chosen ones
  13. Matthew 24:27 I.e., be visible everywhere
  14. Matthew 24:28 Or eagles
  15. Matthew 24:31 Or chosen ones
  16. Matthew 24:33 Or know
  17. Matthew 24:33 Or it
  18. Matthew 24:33 Lit doors

14 This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come.

Perilous Times

15 “So when you see the [a]abomination of desolation [the appalling sacrilege that astonishes and makes desolate], spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the [b]reader understand),(A) 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains [for refuge]. 17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things that are in his house [because there will not be enough time]. 18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 19 And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 Pray that your flight [from persecution and suffering] will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath [when Jewish laws prohibit travel]. 21 For [c]at that time there will be a great tribulation (pressure, distress, oppression), such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will [again].(B) 22 And if those days [of tribulation] had not been cut short, no human life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened. 23 Then if anyone says to you [during the great tribulation], ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and they will provide great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). 25 Listen carefully, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out there, or, ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms [of a house],’ do not believe it. 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming [in glory] of the Son of Man [everyone will see Him clearly]. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the [d]vultures will flock together.(C)

The Glorious Return

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not provide its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.(D) 30 And at that time the sign of the Son of Man [coming in His glory] will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth [and especially Israel] will mourn [regretting their rebellion and rejection of the Messiah], and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory [in brilliance and splendor].(E) 31 And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet and they will gather together His elect (God’s chosen ones) from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.(F)

Parable of the Fig Tree

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its young shoots become tender and it puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near;(G) 33 so you, too, when you see all [e]these things [taking place], know for certain that He is near, right [f]at the door. 34 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, this generation [the people living when these signs and events begin] will not pass away until all these things take place.

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  1. Matthew 24:15 I.e. the Antichrist (2 Thess 2:4), “the prince who is to come” who will make a covenant with Israel, then break it in the middle of the tribulation (the seven-year period of Dan 9:27).
  2. Matthew 24:15 I.e. the reader of the book of Daniel (cf 24:15). Jesus is indicating that the final fulfillment of this prophecy is yet to come.
  3. Matthew 24:21 The most obvious sign during the tribulation, prior to the second coming of Jesus, is when the abomination that causes desolation (the Antichrist) sets his image in the temple.
  4. Matthew 24:28 The Greek for “vultures” can also be translated “eagles,” but the reference is most likely to the vulture, which the Greek word includes with eagles as a class. The meaning of this much discussed verse is either that the corpse represents the returning Christ, whose appearance will attract the attention of the entire world, that is, the vultures; or that the corrupt world is the corpse, about to be judged by the returning Christ (Rev 19:18).
  5. Matthew 24:33 I.e. false christs, wars, famines, earthquakes.
  6. Matthew 24:33 I.e. the return of the Christ is imminent.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom(A) will be preached in the whole world(B) as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place(C) ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a](D) spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop(E) go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!(F) 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.(G)

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect(H) those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.(I) 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders(J) to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning(K) that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming(L) of the Son of Man.(M) 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.(N)

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b](O)

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn(P) when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven,(Q) with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels(R) with a loud trumpet call,(S) and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door.(T) 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.(U)

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  1. Matthew 24:15 Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11
  2. Matthew 24:29 Isaiah 13:10; 34:4
  3. Matthew 24:30 Or the tribes of the land
  4. Matthew 24:30 See Daniel 7:13-14.
  5. Matthew 24:33 Or he

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

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12 Now (A)brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 (B)And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But (C)he who [a]endures to the end shall be saved.

The Great Tribulation(D)

14 (E)“So when you see the (F)‘abomination of desolation,’ [b]spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then (G)let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house. 16 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 17 (H)But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 And pray that your flight may not be in winter. 19 (I)For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. 20 And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

21 (J)“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and (K)wonders to deceive, if possible, even the [c]elect. 23 But (L)take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.

The Coming of the Son of Man(M)

24 (N)“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be (O)shaken. 26 (P)Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then He will send His angels, and gather together His [d]elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.

The Parable of the Fig Tree(Q)

28 (R)“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that [e]it is near—at the doors! 30 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

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  1. Mark 13:13 bears patiently
  2. Mark 13:14 NU omits spoken of by Daniel the prophet
  3. Mark 13:22 chosen ones
  4. Mark 13:27 chosen ones
  5. Mark 13:29 Or He

12 And brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and [a]have them put to death. 13 And (A)you will be hated by everyone because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

14 “Now (B)when you see the (C)abomination of desolation standing where it should not be—[b]let the [c]reader understand—then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 15 [d](D)Whoever is on the [e]housetop must not go down, nor go in to get anything out of his house. 16 And [f]whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 17 But woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 Moreover, pray that it will not happen in winter. 19 For those days will be such a time of tribulation as has not occurred (E)since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will again. 20 And if the Lord had not shortened those days, no [g]life would have been saved; but for the sake of the [h]elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the [i]Christ’; or, ‘Look, there He is’; do not believe it; 22 for false christs and (F)false prophets will arise, and will provide (G)signs and (H)wonders, in order to mislead, if possible, the elect. 23 But beware; I have told you everything in advance.

The Return of Christ

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, (I)the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, 25 (J)and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see (K)the Son of Man (L)coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then He will send forth the angels, and (M)will gather together His [j]elect from the four winds, (N)from the end of the earth to the end of heaven.

28 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: as soon as its branch has become tender and sprouts its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So you too, when you see these things happening, [k]recognize that [l]He is near, right at the [m]door. 30 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

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  1. Mark 13:12 Lit put them to death
  2. Mark 13:14 Or the reader is to understand
  3. Mark 13:14 I.e., of the book of Daniel
  4. Mark 13:15 Lit The one who
  5. Mark 13:15 Housetops were flat living areas
  6. Mark 13:16 Lit The one who
  7. Mark 13:20 Lit flesh
  8. Mark 13:20 Or chosen ones
  9. Mark 13:21 I.e., Messiah
  10. Mark 13:27 Or chosen ones
  11. Mark 13:29 Or know
  12. Mark 13:29 Or it
  13. Mark 13:29 Lit doors

12 Brother will betray brother to [be put to] death, and a father [will hand over] his child; and children will rise up and take a stand against parents and have them put to death. 13 You will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name, but the one who [patiently perseveres empowered by the Holy Spirit and] endures to the end, he will be saved.

14 “But when you see the [a]abomination of desolation standing [in the temple sanctuary] where it ought not to be (let the [b]reader understand) then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.(A) 15 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down [to enter the house], or go inside to take anything out of his house; 16 whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 17 And woe to those women who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 Pray that it will not occur in winter, 19 for at that time there will be such tribulation as has not occurred, from the beginning of the creation which God made, until now—and never will [be again]. 20 And if the Lord had not shortened the days, no human life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose [for Himself], He shortened the days.(B) 21 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it; 22 for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will provide signs and wonders in order to deceive, if [such a thing were] possible, even the elect [those God has chosen for Himself]. 23 But be on your guard; I have told you everything in advance.

The Return of Christ

24 “But in those days, after [the suffering and distress of] that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,(C) 25 and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.(D) 26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory [in royal majesty and splendor].(E) 27 And then He will send out the angels, and will gather together His elect [those He has chosen for Himself] from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its branch becomes tender and it puts out its leaves, you recognize that summer is near.(F) 29 Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, know [for certain] that He is near, right at the door. 30 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, this generation [the people living when these signs and events begin] will not pass away until all these things take place.

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  1. Mark 13:14 I.e. the detestable one who desecrates the temple. See note Matt 24:15.
  2. Mark 13:14 I.e. the reader of the book of Daniel (cf Matt 24:15). Jesus is indicating that the final fulfillment of this prophecy is yet to come.

12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.(A) 13 Everyone will hate you because of me,(B) but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.(C)

14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’[a](D) standing where it[b] does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!(E) 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world,(F) until now—and never to be equaled again.(G)

20 “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. 21 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.(H) 22 For false messiahs and false prophets(I) will appear and perform signs and wonders(J) to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 23 So be on your guard;(K) I have told you everything ahead of time.

24 “But in those days, following that distress,

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[c](L)

26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds(M) with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.(N)

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it[d] is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation(O) will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.(P)

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  1. Mark 13:14 Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11
  2. Mark 13:14 Or he
  3. Mark 13:25 Isaiah 13:10; 34:4
  4. Mark 13:29 Or he

12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:

16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

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16 (A)You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put (B)some of you to death. 17 And (C)you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 (D)But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By your patience possess your souls.

The Destruction of Jerusalem(E)

20 (F)“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that (G)all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 (H)But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles (I)until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man(J)

25 (K)“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, (L)for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man (M)coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because (N)your redemption draws near.”

The Parable of the Fig Tree(O)

29 (P)Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.

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16 But you will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, other relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all people because of My name. 18 And yet (A)not a hair of your head will perish. 19 (B)By your endurance you will gain your [a]lives.

20 “But when you see Jerusalem (C)surrounded by armies, then [b]recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are inside [c]the city must leave, and (D)those who are in the country must not enter [d]the city; 22 because these are (E)days of punishment, so that all things which have been written will be fulfilled. 23 Woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for (F)there will be great distress upon the [e]land, and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by (G)the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and (H)Jerusalem will be (I)trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until (J)the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

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25 “There will be [f]signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting from fear and the expectation of the things that are coming upon the [g]world; for the powers of [h]the heavens will be shaken. 27 And (K)then they will see (L)the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because (M)your redemption is drawing near.”

29 And He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees: 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see for yourselves and (N)know that summer is now near. 31 So you too, when you see these things happening, [i]recognize that (O)the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 21:19 Lit souls
  2. Luke 21:20 Lit know
  3. Luke 21:21 Lit her
  4. Luke 21:21 Lit her
  5. Luke 21:23 Or earth
  6. Luke 21:25 I.e., confirming miracles
  7. Luke 21:26 Lit inhabited earth
  8. Luke 21:26 Or heaven
  9. Luke 21:31 Lit know

16 But you will be betrayed and handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be continually hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish.(A) 19 By your [patient] endurance [empowered by the Holy Spirit] you will gain your souls.

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by [hostile] armies, then understand [with confident assurance] that her complete destruction is near. 21 At that time, those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are inside the city (Jerusalem) must get out, and those who are [out] in the country must not enter the city; 22 for these are days of vengeance [of rendering full justice or satisfaction], so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. 23 Woe to those women who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For great trouble and anguish will be on the land, and wrath and retribution on this people [Israel]. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (completed).(B)

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25 “There will be signs (attesting miracles) in the sun and moon and stars; and on the earth [there will be] distress and anguish among nations, in perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea and the waves,(C) 26 people fainting from fear and expectation of the [dreadful] things coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with [transcendent, overwhelming] power [subduing the nations] and with great glory.(D) 28 Now when these things begin to occur, stand tall and lift up your heads [in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.”

Parable of the Fig Tree

29 Then He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees;(E) 30 as soon as they put out leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is near. 31 So you too, when you see these things happening, know [without any doubt] that the kingdom of God is near. 32 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, this generation [those living at that definite period of time preceding the second coming] will not pass away until [a]everything takes place.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 21:32 I.e. the establishment of God’s kingdom.

16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends,(A) and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me.(B) 18 But not a hair of your head will perish.(C) 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.(D)

20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies,(E) you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.(F) 22 For this is the time of punishment(G) in fulfillment(H) of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled(I) on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.(J) 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.(K) 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man(L) coming in a cloud(M) with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”(N)

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God(O) is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation(P) will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

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16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

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