Luke 21:5-36

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

5 a  And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6“As for these things that you see b  the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 7And they asked him, “Teacher c  when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8And he said, d  See that you are not led astray. For e  many will come in my name, saying f  I am he!’ and g  ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. 9And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be h  terrified, for these things i  must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution

10Then he said to them, j  Nation will rise against nation, and k  kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great l  earthquakes, and in various places m  famines and pestilences. And there will be n  terrors and great o  signs from heaven. 12But before all this p  they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to q  the synagogues and r  prisons, and you s  will be brought before t  kings and u  governors for my name’s sake. 13 v  This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14Settle it therefore in your minds w  not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15for x  I will give you a mouth and y  wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or z  contradict. 16You will be delivered up aa  even by parents and brothers
Or  parents and brothers and sisters
and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death.
17 ac  You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18But ad  not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your ae  endurance you will gain your lives.

Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem

20But af  when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that ag  its desolation has come near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22for these are ah  days of ai  vengeance, to fulfill aj  all that is written. 23 ak  Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and al  wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the edge of the sword and am  be led captive among all nations, and an  Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles ao  until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man

25And ap  there will be signs in sun and moon aq  and stars, and on the earth ar  distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For as  the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27And then they will see at  the Son of Man coming in a cloud au  with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and av  raise your heads, because aw  your redemption is drawing near.”

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

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

Watch Yourselves

34But watch yourselves bb  lest bc  your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and bd  cares of this life, and be  that day come upon you suddenly bf  like a trap. 35For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36But bg  stay awake at all times bh  praying that you may bi  have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and bj  to stand before the Son of Man.”

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