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Lucas 21

1 As Jesus was observing the rich casting their gifts into the treasury,

2 he saw an indigent widow throw in two mites.

3 And he said, I tell you, truly, that this poor widow has cast in more than any of them;

4 for all of these, out of their superfluous store, have thrown into the sacred chest, she has thrown in all the little that she had.

5 Some having remarked, that the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and presents, he said,

6 The time will come, when these things which you behold, shall be razed that one stone will not be left upon another.

7 Then they asked him, saying, Rabbi, when will these things be: and what will be the sign, when they are about to be accomplished?

8 He answered, Take care that you be not seduced: for many will assume my character, saying, I am the person, and the time approaches; therefore, do not follow them.

9 But when you shall hear of wars and insurrections, be not terrified: for these things must first happen; but the end will not immediately follow.

10 He added, Then will nation rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

11 And there shall be great earthquakes in sundry places, and famines, and pestilences; there shall be also frightful appearances, and great prodigies in the sky.

12 But, before all this, you shall be apprehended and prosecuted, and delivered to synagogues, and imprisoned, and dragged before kings and governors, because of my name:

13 and this afford scope for your testimony.

14 Be, therefore, resolved not to premeditate what defense you shall make;

15 for I will give you an utterance, and wisdom, which none of your adversaries shall be able to refute or resist.

16 And you shall be given up even by parents, and brothers, and kinsmen, and friends; and some of you will be put to death.

17 And, on my account, you shall be universally hated.

18 Yet not a hair of your head shall be lost.

19 Save your souls by your perseverance.

20 Now, when you shall see Jerusalem invested with armies, know that its desolation is nigh.

21 Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains; let those in the city make their escape, and let not those in the country enter the city:

22 for these will be days of vengeance, in which all the denunciations of the scriptures shall be accomplished.

23 But, alas, for the women with child, and for them who give suck in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24 They shall fall by the sword; they shall be carried captive into all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be over.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth, the anguish of desponding nations; and roarings in the seas, and floods;

26 men expiring with the fear and apprehension of those things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 Then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great glory and power.

28 Now when these things begin to be fulfilled, look up, and lift up your heads; because your deliverance approaches.

29 He proposed to them, also, this comparison: Consider the fig tree, and the other trees.

30 When you observe them shooting forth, you know, of yourselves, that the summer is nigh.

31 Know, in like manner, when you shall see these events, that the Reign of God is nigh.

32 Indeed, I say to you, that this race shall not fail until all be accomplished.

33 Heaven and earth shall fail; but my words shall not fail.

34 Take heed, therefore, to yourselves, lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and worldly cares, and that day come upon you unawares: for, as a net,

35 it shall inclose all the inhabitants of the earth.

36 Be vigilant, therefore, praying on every occasion, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these approaching evils, and to stand before the Son of Man.

37 Thus Jesus taught in the temple by day, but retired at night to the mountain, called the Mount of Olives.

38 And every morning the people resorted early to the temple to hear him.

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