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. Chapter 21.

The Widow's Offering (Jerusalem) - [ Lk.21.1-4 → ] - Mk.12.41-44

1 He looked up and saw the rich people dropping their gifts into the chest of the temple treasury; 2 and he noticed a poor widow putting in two tiny coins. 3 'I tell you this,' he said: 'this poor widow has given more than any of them; 4 for those others who have given had more than enough, but she, with less than enough, has given all she had to live on.'

The Destruction of the Temple Foretold - [ Lk.21.5-6 → ] - Mt.24.1-2, Mk.13.1-2

5 SOME PEOPLE WERE TALKING about the temple and the fine stones and votive offerings with which it was adorned. 6 He said, 'These things which you are gazing at-the time will come when not one stone of them will be left upon another: all will be thrown down.' 7 'Master,' they asked, 'when will it all come about? What will be the sign when it is due to happen?'

Signs and Persecutions - [ Lk.21.8-19 → ] - Mt.24.3-14, Mk.13.3-13

8 He said, 'Take care that you are not misled. For many will come claiming my name and saying, "I am he", and, "The Day is upon us." Do not follow them. 9 And when you hear of wars and insurrections, do not fall into a panic. These things are bound to happen first; but the end does not follow immediately. 10 Nation will make war upon nation, kingdom upon kingdom; 11 there will be great earthquakes, and famines and plagues in many places; in the sky terrors and great portents.

12 'But before all this happens they will set upon you and persecute you. You will be brought before synagogues and put in prison; you will be haled before kings and governors for your allegiance to me. 13 This will be your opportunity to testify; 14 so make up your minds not to prepare your defence beforehand, 15 because I myself will give you power of utterance and a wisdom which no opponent will be able to resist or refute. 16 Even your parents and brothers, your relations and friends, will betray you. Some of you will be put to death; 17 and you will be hated by all for your allegiance to me. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By standing firm you will win true life for yourselves.

The Destruction of Jerusalem Foretold (Olivet) - [ Lk.21.20-24 → ] - Mt.24.15-21, Mk.13.14-19

20 'But when you see Jerusalem encircled by armies, then you may be sure that her destruction is near. 21 Then those who are in Judaea must take to the hills; those who are in the city itself must leave it, and those who are out in the country must not enter; 22 because this is the time of retribution, when all that stands written is to be fulfilled. 23 Alas for women who are with child in those days, or have children at the breast! For there will be great distress in the land and a terrible judgement upon this people. 24 They will fall at the sword's point; they will be carried captive into all countries; and Jerusalem will be trampled down by foreigners until their day has run its course.

The Coming of the Son of Man - [ Lk.21.25-28 → ] - Mt.24.29-31, Mk.13.24-37

25 'Portents will appear in sun, moon, and stars. On earth nations will stand helpless, not knowing which way to turn from the roar and surge of the sea; 26 [ Is.34.4. ] men will faint with terror at the thought of all that is coming upon the world; for the celestial powers will be shaken. 27 [ Dn.7.13. ] And then they will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with great power and glory. 28 When all this begins to happen, stand upright and hold your heads high, because your liberation is near.'

The Lesson of the Fig Tree (Olivet) - [ Lk.21.29-33 → ] - Mt.24.32-35, Mk.13.28-31

29 He told them this parable: 'Look at the fig-tree, or any other tree. 30 As soon as it buds, you can see for yourselves that summer is near. 31 In the same way when you see all this happening, you may know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 'I tell you this: the present generation will live to see it all. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away; my words will never pass away.

Exhortation to Watch (Olivet)

34 'Keep a watch on yourselves; do not let your minds be dulled by dissipation and drunkenness and worldly cares so that the great Day closes upon you suddenly like a trap; 35 for that day will come on all men, wherever they are, the whole world over. 36 Be on the alert, praying at all times for strength to pass safely through all these imminent troubles and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.'

37 His days were given to teaching in the temple; and then he would leave the city and spend the night on the hill called Olivet. 38 And in the early morning the people flocked to listen to him in the temple.

[Some manuscripts here insert the passage relating the woman taken in adultery: John 7.53-8.11.]

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