The Widow’s Gift
1Now He looked up and saw the wealthy putting their gifts into the temple treasury.
2And He saw a poor widow putting Lit therein two The smallest Greek copper coin, about 1/128 of a laborer’s daily wagelepta coins.
3And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;
4for they all Lit put intocontributed to the Lit giftsoffering from their Lit abundancesurplus; but she, from her poverty, put in all Lit the living that she hadthat she had to live on.”
5And while some were talking about the temple, that it was decorated with beautiful stones and I.e., gifts promised by vowsvowed gifts, He said,
6As for these things which you are observing, the days will come when there will not be left one stone upon Lit a stoneanother, which will not be torn down.”
7They asked Him questions, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the I.e., confirming miraclesign 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, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them.
9And when you hear of wars and revolts, do not be alarmed; for these things must take place first, but the end will 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 Lit greatmassive earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrible sights and great I.e., confirming miraclessigns from heaven.
12 “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, turning you over to the synagogues and prisons, Lit being brought bringing you before kings and governors on account of My name.
13It will lead to Lit a testimony for youan opportunity for your testimony.
14So Lit put in your heartsmake up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;
15for I will provide you Lit a moutheloquence and wisdom which none of your adversaries will be able to oppose or refute.
16But you will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, other relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death,
17and you will be hated by all people because of My name.
18And yet not a hair of your head will perish.
19By your endurance you will gain your Lit soulslives.
20 “But when you see Jerusalem 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 inside Lit herthe city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter Lit herthe city;
22because these are days of punishment, so that all things which have been written will be fulfilled.
23Woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the Or earthland, and wrath to this people;
24and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
The Return of Christ
25 “There will be I.e., confirming miracles signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
26people fainting from fear and the expectation of the things that are coming upon the Lit inhabited earthworld; for the powers of Or heaventhe heavens will be shaken.
27And then they will see 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 your redemption is drawing near.”
29And He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees:
30as soon as they put forth leaves, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near.
31So you too, when you see these things happening, Lit knowrecognize that the kingdom of God is near.
32Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.
33Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
34 “But be on your guard, so that your hearts will not be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that Lit that day this day will not come on you suddenly, like a trap;
35for it will come upon all those who live on the face of all the earth.
36But stay alert at all times, praying that you will have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37Now Lit daysduring the day He was teaching in the temple, but Lit nightsat evening He would go out and spend the night on the Or hillmountain that is called Or Olive GroveOlivet.
38And all the people would get up very early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.