Matthew 24-25 American Standard Version

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The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  And Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way; and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. 2  But he answered and said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3  And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray. 5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray. 6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for [these things] must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet. 7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places. 8  But all these things are the beginning of travail. 9  Then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all the nations for my name's sake. 10  And then shall many stumble, and shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another. 11  And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray. 12  And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold. 13  But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. 14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come. 15  When therefore ye see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him that readeth understand), 16  then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains: 17  let him that is on the housetop not go down to take out things that are in his house: 18  and let him that is in the field not return back to take his cloak. 19  But woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! 20  And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on a sabbath: 21  for then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. 22  And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe [it] not. 24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25  Behold, I have told you beforehand. 26  If therefore they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the wilderness; go not forth: Behold, he is in the inner chambers; believe [it] not. 27  For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 28  Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29  But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30  and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31  And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32  Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh; 33  even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, [even] at the doors. 34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished. 35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour

36  But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. 37  And as [were] the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 38  For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39  and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 40  Then shall two man be in the field; one is taken, and one is left: 41  two women [shall be] grinding at the mill; one is taken, and one is left. 42  Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh. 43  But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. 44  Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.

The Unfaithful Servant

45  Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season? 46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47  Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath. 48  But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord tarrieth; 49  and shall begin to beat his fellow-servants, and shall eat and drink with the drunken; 50  the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, 51  and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2  And five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3  For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them: 4  but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5  Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6  But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him. 7  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out. 9  But the wise answered, saying, Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10  And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut. 11  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13  Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour.

The Parable of the Talents

14  For [it is] as [when] a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey. 16  Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents. 17  In like manner he also that [received] the two gained other two. 18  But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19  Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them. 20  And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents. 21  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22  And he also that [received] the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents. 23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24  And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter; 25  and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own. 26  But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter; 27  thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest. 28  Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents. 29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away. 30  And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

The Judgment of the Nations

31  But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: 32  and before him shall be gathered all the nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats; 33  and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35  for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; 36  naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink? 38  And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39  And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, [even] these least, ye did it unto me. 41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels: 42  for I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; 43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44  Then shall they also answer, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me. 46  And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.

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