New International Version
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place(D) ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a](E) 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(F) 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!(G) 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.(H)
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect(I) 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.(J) 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders(K) 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(L) that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming(M) of the Son of Man.(N) 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.(O)
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn(Q) when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven,(R) with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels(S) with a loud trumpet call,(T) 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.(U) 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.(V) 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.(W)
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father.(Z) 37 As it was in the days of Noah,(AA) so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,(AB) up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.(AC) 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.(AD) 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.(AE)
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.(AF) 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming,(AG) he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready,(AH) because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant,(AI) whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.(AJ) 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.(AK) 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.(AL) 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.