cd[See ver. 35 above]

Mark 13

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

a And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? b There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Signs of the Close of the Age

And as he sat on c the Mount of Olives opposite the temple d Peter and James and John and e Andrew asked him f privately, Tell us g when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, h See that no one leads you astray. i Many will come in my name, saying j I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars k do not be alarmed. This l must take place, but the end is not yet. For m nation will rise against nation, and n kingdom against kingdom. There will be o earthquakes in various places; there will be p famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

q But r be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten s in synagogues, and you will stand before t governors and u kings for my sake v to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed w to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over x do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say y whatever is given you in that hour z for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12  aa And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13  ab And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. ac But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

The Abomination of Desolation

14 But when you see ad the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be ( ae let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15  af Let the one who is on ag the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And ah alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be ai such aj tribulation as has not been ak from the beginning of the creation that al God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for am the sake of the elect, whom an he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And ao then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ orLook, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22  ap For false christs and false prophets will arise and aq perform signs and wonders ar to lead astray, if possible as the elect. 23 But at be on guard; au I have told you all things beforehand.

The Coming of the Son of Man

24 But in those days, after av that tribulation aw the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and ax the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see ay the Son of Man coming in clouds az with great power and glory. 27 And then ba he will send out the angels and bb gather bc his elect from bd the four winds, from be the ends of the earth bf to the ends of heaven.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

28 From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near bg at the very gates. 30  bh Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31  bi Heaven and earth will pass away, but bj my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day or Hour

32 But concerning that day or that hour bk no one knows, not even the angels in heaven bl nor the Son bm but only the Father. 33  bn Be on guard bo keep awake.
Some manuscripts add and pray
For you do not know when the time will come.
34  bq It is like a man br going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants
Greek bondservants
in charge bt each with his work, and commands bu the doorkeeper to stay awake.
35  bv Therefore stay awakefor you do not know when the master of the house will come bw in the evening, or bx at midnight, or by when the rooster crows
That is, the third watch of the night, between midnight and 3 a.m.
or ca in the morning
36 lest cb he come suddenly and cc find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: cd Stay awake.”

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