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1Now having looked up, He saw the rich [people] putting their
offerings into the treasury [fig., collection boxes]. 2Then He saw
also a certain poor widow putting [in] there two lepta [or, two very small
copper coins]. 3And He said, “Truly I say to you*, this poor widow
put [in] more [than] all. 4For all these out of their abundance [or,
surplus] put into the offerings for God, but this [woman] out of her poverty,
all her livelihood which she was having, she put [in].”
5And while some [were] saying
about the temple, that it has been adorned with beautiful stones and dedicated
offerings, He said, 6“These [things] which you* are looking
at--days will come in which a stone will not be left on a stone, which will not
be torn down.” 7Then they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, so
when will these [things] be? And what [will be] the sign when these [things] are
about to be happening?”
8So He said, “Be watching
[that] you* are not led astray [fig., deceived]. For many will come in My name,
saying, ‘I Am!,’ and ‘The time has drawn near!’ Therefore, do not
go after them. 9But when you* hear of wars and rebellions, do not be
terrified, for it is necessary [for] these [things] to happen first, but
the end [is] not immediately.” 10Then He was saying to them,
“Nation will be raised up against nation and kingdom against kingdom. 11And
[there] will be great earthquakes in [various] places and famines and plagues,
and [there] will be dreadful events and great signs from heaven.
12“But before all these
[things], they will lay their hands on you* and persecute [you*], handing [you*]
over to synagogues and prisons, being brought before kings and governors [or,
rulers] for My name’s sake. 13And it will lead to [an opportunity] to
you* for a testimony. 14So put [it] in your* hearts [fig., make up
your* minds] not to be preparing beforehand to speak in your* own defense, 15for
I will give to you* a mouth and wisdom which all the ones opposing you*
will not be able to refute nor to resist. 16But you* will be betrayed
even by parents and relatives and friends and brothers, and they will put [some]
of you* to death. 17And you* will be continually hated by all because
of My name. 18And a hair from your* head shall by no means perish. 19In
[or, By] your* patient endurance acquire your* souls.
20“But when you* see
Jerusalem having been surrounded by armies, then know that her desolation [or,
desecration] has drawn near! 21Then the [ones] in Judea must be
fleeing into the mountains, and the [ones] in her midst must depart, and the
[ones] in the fields must not come into her. 22Because these are days
of vengeance, to be fulfilled all the [things] having been written. 23But
how horrible it will be to the ones having in the womb [fig., who are pregnant]
and to the ones nursing [babies] in those days! For [there] will be great
distress on the land and wrath among this people. 24And they will
fall by [the] mouth [fig., edge] of the sword, and they will be led captive into
all the nations. And Jerusalem will be continually trampled down by [the]
Gentiles until the times of [the] Gentiles are fulfilled.
25“And [there] will be
signs in [the] sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations with
perplexity [at the] roaring of [the] sea and waves; [cp. Isaiah 34:4; Joel 2:10;
2:31] 26people fainting [or, ceasing to breathe] from fear and [the]
expectation of the [things] coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of
the heavens will be shaken. 27And then they will see ‘the Son of
Humanity coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory! [Dan 7:13] 28But
when these [things] are beginning to happen, straighten up and lift up your*
heads, because your* redemption is drawing near!”
29And He spoke an allegory to
them: “See the fig tree and all the trees; 30when they [have]
already sprouted [leaves], having seen, you* know for yourselves that the summer
is already near. 31In this way also when you* see these
[things] happening, be knowing that the kingdom of God is near!
32“Positively, I say to you*, this generation [or, race]
shall by no means pass away until all [things] happen. 33The heaven
and the earth will pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.
34“But be watching out for
yourselves, lest your* hearts be weighed down with hangovers and drunkenness
[or, intoxication] and
anxieties over [things] pertaining to everyday life, and that day come on you*
suddenly [or, unexpectedly]. 35For it will come as a snare on all the
ones sitting [fig., living] on [the] face of all the earth. 36Therefore,
be staying alert in every season, imploring [in prayer] that you* shall be
counted worthy to escape all the [things] about to be happening and to stand
before the Son of Humanity.”
37Now [during] the days He was teaching in the temple, but [during] the nights, going out, He would spend the night on the mount, the one being called Of Olives. 38And all the people would rise very early in the morning [to come] to Him in the temple to hear Him.
Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of
the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright © 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.dtl.org).
Previously copyrighted © 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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