Luke 21 New American Standard Bible

The Widow's Offering

21 1  And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury . 2  And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins . 3  And He said , "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4  for they all out of their surplus put into the offering ; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on."

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

5  And while some were talking about the temple , that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts , He said , 6  "As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down ." 7  They questioned Him, saying , "Teacher , when therefore will these things happen ? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place ?" 8  And 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. 9  "When you hear of wars and disturbances , do not be terrified ; for these things must take place first , but the end does not follow immediately ." 10  Then He continued by saying to them, "Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom , 11  and there will be great earthquakes , and in various places plagues and famines ; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven . 12  "But before all these things , they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons , bringing you before kings and governors for My name's sake . 13  " It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony . 14  " So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15  for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute . 16  "But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends , and they will put some of you to death , 17  and you will be hated by all because of My name . 18  "Yet not a hair of your head will perish . 19  " By your endurance you will gain your lives .

20  "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies , then recognize that her desolation is near . 21  "Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains , and those who are in the midst of the city must leave , and those who are in the country must not enter the city ; 22  because these are days of vengeance , so that all things which are written will be fulfilled . 23  "Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days ; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people ; 24  and they will fall by the edge of the sword , and will be led captive into all the nations ; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled .

The Coming of the Son of Man

25  "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars , and on the earth dismay among nations , in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves , 26  men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world ; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken . 27  " Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory . 28  "But when these things begin to take place , straighten up and lift up your heads , because your redemption is drawing near ."

29  Then He told them a parable : "Behold the fig tree and all the trees ; 30  as soon e as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near . 31  "So you also , when you see these things happening , recognize that the kingdom of God is near . 32  "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place . 33  " Heaven and earth will pass away , but My words will not pass away . 34  " Be on guard , so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life , and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap ; 35  for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth . 36  "But keep on the alert at all times , praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place , and to stand before the Son of Man ." 37  Now during the day He was teaching in the temple , but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet . 38  And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

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