Luke 21

The Widow’s Gift

1 a  And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2And He saw a poor widow putting
Lit there
in c  two
Gr lepta
small copper coins.
3And He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4for they all out of their
Or abundance
surplus put into the
Lit gifts
offering; but she out of her poverty put in all
Lit the living that she had
that she had h  to live on.”

5 i  And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which j  there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”

7They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the
Or attesting miracle
sign when these things are about to take place?”
8And He said, See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘ l  I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ m  Do not go after them. 9When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”

Things to Come

10Then He continued by saying to them, Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great
Or attesting miracles
signs from heaven.

12But before all these things, o  they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons,
Lit being brought
bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.
13 q  It will lead to
Lit a testimony for you
an opportunity for your testimony.
14 s  So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15for t  I will give you
Lit a mouth
utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
16But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18Yet v  not a hair of your head will perish. 19 w  By your endurance you will gain your
Lit souls

20But when you see Jerusalem y  surrounded by armies, then
Lit know
recognize that her desolation is near.
21Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of
Lit her
the city must leave, and ab  those who are in the country must not enter
Lit her
the city;
22because these are ad  days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. 23Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for ae  there will be great distress upon the
Or earth
land and wrath to this people;
24and they will fall by ag  the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and ah  Jerusalem will be ai  trampled under foot by the Gentiles until aj  the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Return of Christ

25“There will be
Or attesting miracles
signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
26men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the
Lit inhabited earth
world; for the powers of
Or heaven
the heavens will be shaken.
27 an  Then they will see ao  the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because ap  your redemption is drawing near.”

29Then He told them a parable: Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and aq  know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31So you also, when you see these things happening,
Lit know
recognize that as  the kingdom of God is near.
32Truly I say to you, this
Or race
generation will not pass away until all things take place.
33 au  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34 av  Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36“But aw  keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to ax  stand before the Son of Man.”

Lit days
during the day He was az  teaching in the temple, but
Lit nights
bb  at evening He would go out and spend the night on
Or the hill
bd  the mount that is called
Or Olive Grove
38And all the people would get up bf  early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.
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