Luke 21:20-38 Bible in Basic English

20  But when you see armies all round about Jerusalem, then be certain that her destruction is near. 21  Then let those who are in Judaea go in flight to the mountains; and those who are in the middle of the town go out; and let not those who are in the country come in. 22  For these are the days of punishment, in which all the things in the Writings will be put into effect. 23  It will be hard for women who are with child, and for her with a baby at the breast, in those days. For great trouble will come on the land, and wrath on this people. 24  And they will be put to death with the sword, and will be taken as prisoners into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be crushed under the feet of the Gentiles, till the times of the Gentiles are complete.

The Coming of the Son of Man

25  And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and on the earth, fear among the nations and doubt because of the loud noise of the sea and the waves; 26  Men's strength will go from them in fear and in waiting for the things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of the heavens will be moved. 27  And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory. 28  But when these things come about, let your heads be lifted up, because your salvation is near.

29  And he made a story for them: See the fig-tree, and all the trees; 30  When they put out their young leaves, you take note of it, and it is clear to you that summer is coming. 31  In the same way, when you see these things taking place you may be certain that the kingdom of God is near. 32  Truly I say to you, This generation will not come to an end till all things are complete. 33  Heaven and earth will come to an end, but my words will not come to an end. 34  But give attention to yourselves, for fear that your hearts become over-full of the pleasures of food and wine, and the cares of this life, and that day may come on you suddenly, and take you as in a net: 35  For so it will come on all those who are living on the face of all the earth. 36  But keep watch at all times with prayer, that you may be strong enough to come through all these things and take your place before the Son of man. 37  And every day he was teaching in the Temple and every night he went out to the mountain which is named the Mountain of Olives to take his rest. 38  And all the people came early in the morning to give ear to his words in the Temple.

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