Bible: Luke 21

The Widow’s Offering

21:1 Jesus 1  looked up 2  and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box. 3  21:2 He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 4  21:3 He 5  said, “I tell you the truth, 6  this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 7  21:4 For they all offered their gifts out of their wealth. 8  But she, out of her poverty, put in everything she had to live on.” 9 

The Signs of the End of the Age

21:5 Now 10  while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned 11  with beautiful stones and offerings, 12  Jesus 13  said, 21:6 As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. 14  All will be torn down! 15  21:7 So 16  they asked him, 17 Teacher, when will these things 18  happen? And what will be the sign that 19  these things are about to take place? 21:8 He 20  said, “Watch out 21  that you are not misled. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ 22  and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them! 21:9 And when you hear of wars and rebellions, 23  do not be afraid. 24  For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.” 25 

Persecution of Disciples

21:10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms 26  against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and famines 27  and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights 28  and great signs 29  from heaven. 21:12 But before all this, 30  they will seize 31  you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues 32  and prisons. You 33  will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 21:13 This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. 34  21:14 Therefore be resolved 35  not to rehearse 36  ahead of time how to make your defense. 21:15 For I will give you the words 37  along with the wisdom 38  that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents, 39  brothers, relatives, 40  and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. 21:17 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. 41  21:18 Yet 42  not a hair of your head will perish. 43  21:19 By your endurance 44  you will gain 45  your lives. 46 

The Desolation of Jerusalem

21:20But when you see Jerusalem 47  surrounded 48  by armies, then know that its 49  desolation 50  has come near. 21:21 Then those who are in Judea must flee 51  to the mountains. Those 52  who are inside the city must depart. Those 53  who are out in the country must not enter it, 21:22 because these are days of vengeance, 54  to fulfill 55  all that is written. 21:23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress 56  on the earth and wrath against this people. 21:24 They 57  will fall by the edge 58  of the sword and be led away as captives 59  among all nations. Jerusalem 60  will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 61 

The Arrival of the Son of Man

21:25And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, 62  and on the earth nations will be in distress, 63  anxious 64  over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 21:26 People will be fainting from fear 65  and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 66  21:27 Then 67  they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud 68  with power and great glory. 21:28 But when these things 69  begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption 70  is drawing near.”

The Parable of the Fig Tree

21:29 Then 71  he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. 72  21:30 When they sprout leaves, you see 73  for yourselves and know that summer is now near. 21:31 So also you, when you see these things happening, know 74  that the kingdom of God 75  is near. 21:32 I tell you the truth, 76  this generation 77  will not pass away until all these things take place. 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 78 

Be Ready!

21:34But be on your guard 79  so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 80  21:35 For 81  it will overtake 82  all who live on the face of the whole earth. 83  21:36 But stay alert at all times, 84  praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must 85  happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

21:37 So 86  every day Jesus 87  was teaching in the temple courts, 88  but at night he went and stayed 89  on the Mount of Olives. 90  21:38 And all the people 91  came to him early in the morning to listen to him in the temple courts. 92 

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