The Lesson of the Fig Tree

29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see (A)for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 (B)Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 (C)Heaven and earth will pass away, but (D)my words will not pass away.

Watch Yourselves

34 “But watch yourselves (E)lest (F)your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and (G)cares of this life, and (H)that day come upon you suddenly (I)like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But (J)stay awake at all times, (K)praying that you may (L)have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and (M)to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 And (N)every day he was teaching in the temple, but (O)at night he went out and lodged on (P)the mount called Olivet. 38 And early in the morning (Q)all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.

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16 (A)Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
    and (B)hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.[a]
17 (C)Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
    but afterward his mouth will be full of (D)gravel.
18 (E)Plans are established by counsel;
    by (F)wise guidance (G)wage war.
19 Whoever (H)goes about slandering reveals secrets;
    therefore do not associate with (I)a simple babbler.[b]
20 (J)If one curses his father or his mother,
    (K)his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 (L)An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
    will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, (M)“I will repay evil”;
    (N)wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 (O)Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
    and (P)false scales are not good.
24 A man's (Q)steps are from the Lord;
    how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
    and to reflect only (R)after making vows.
26 A wise king (S)winnows the wicked
    and drives (T)the wheel over them.
27 (U)The spirit[c] of man is the lamp of the Lord,
    (V)searching all (W)his innermost parts.
28 (X)Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
    and by steadfast love his (Y)throne is upheld.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
    but (Z)the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 (AA)Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
    strokes make clean (AB)the innermost parts.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 20:16 Or for an adulteress (compare 27:13)
  2. Proverbs 20:19 Hebrew with one who is simple in his lips
  3. Proverbs 20:27 Hebrew breath

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