Mark 13

Destruction of the Temple Predicted

1As a He was going out of the
temple complex: In the Jerusalem temple, the complex included the sanctuary (the holy place and the holy of holies), at least 4 courtyards (for priests, Jewish men, Jewish women, and Gentiles), numerous gates, and several covered walkways.
temple complex, c one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, d look! What massive stones! What impressive buildings!” e

2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? f Not one stone will be left here on another that will not be thrown down!

Signs of the End of the Age

3 While He was sitting on the
Mount of Olives: A mountain east of Jerusalem, across the Kidron Valley
Mount of Olives h across from the temple complex, i Peter, j James, k John, l and Andrew m asked Him privately,
4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign when all these things are about to take place?”

5 Then Jesus began by telling them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in My name, n saying, ‘I am He,’ o and they will deceive p many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, q don’t be alarmed; r these things must take place, s but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. t There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines.
Other mss add and disturbances
These are the beginning v of birth pains. w

Persecutions Predicted

9 “But you, be on your guard! They will hand you over to sanhedrins,
Local Jewish courts or local councils
y and you will be flogged z in the
synagogue(s): A place where the Jewish people met for prayer, worship and teaching of the Scriptures
synagogues. ab You will stand before governors and kings ac because of Me, ad as a witness ae to them. af
10 And the good news
Or the gospel
ah must first be proclaimed to all nations.
11 So when they arrest you and hand you over, don’t worry beforehand what you will say. On the contrary, whatever is given to you in that hour – say it. For it isn’t you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Then brother will betray ai brother to death, aj and a father his child. Children will rise up against parents and put them to death. 13 And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. ak But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
Or saved

The Great Tribulation

14 “When you see the abomination that causes desolation an , ao standing where it should not” (let the reader understand
These are, most likely, Mark’s words to his readers.
), “then those in Judea aq must flee to the mountains!
15A man on the housetop must not come down or go in to get anything out of his house. ar 16 And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes. as 17 Woe at to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! 18 Pray au it
Other mss read pray that your escape
won’t happen in winter.
19 For those will be days of tribulation, aw the kind that hasn’t been from the beginning ax of the world,
Lit creation
az which God created, until now and never will be again!
20 Unless the Lord ba limited those days, bb no one would survive.
Lit days, all flesh would not survive
But He limited those days because of the elect, bd whom He chose. be

21 “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
Messiah! bg Look – there!’ do not believe it!
22 For false messiahs
Or false christs
and false prophets will rise up and will perform signs and wonders bi to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
23 And you must watch! I have told you everything in advance.

The Coming of the Son of Man

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation: bj

The sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not shed its light;
25 the stars bk will be falling from the sky,
and the celestial powers will be shaken. bl

26 Then they will see the
Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself; Dn 7:13
Son of Man bn coming bo in clouds bp with great power bq and glory. br
27He will send out the angels bs and gather His elect bt from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky. bu

The Parable of the Fig Tree

28 “Learn bv this parable bw from the fig bx tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. by 29In the same way, when you see these things happening, know
Or you know
that He
Or it; = summer
is near – at the door!
I assure you: This is a phrase used only by Jesus to testify to the certainty and importance of His words; in Mt, Mk and Lk it is literally Amen, I say to you, and in Jn it is literally Amen, amen, I say to you.
I assure you: cc This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place.
31 Heaven and earth cd will pass away, ce but My words will never pass away. cf

No One Knows the Day or Hour

32 “Now concerning that day cg or hour no one knows – neither the angels ch in heaven nor the Son ci – except the Father. cj 33 Watch! Be alert!
Other mss add and pray
For you don’t know when the time cl is coming. cm
34It is like cn a man on a journey, who left his house, gave authority to his
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slaves, cp gave each one his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to be alert.
35 Therefore be alert, cq since you don’t know when the master cr of the house is coming – whether in the evening or at midnight or at the crowing of the rooster or early in the morning. 36 Otherwise, he might come suddenly and find you sleeping. cs 37 And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Be alert!”
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