Luke 21:1-19 Bible in Basic English

The Widow's Offering

21 1  And looking up, he saw the men of wealth putting their offerings in the money-box. 2  And he saw a certain poor widow putting in a farthing. 3  And he said, Truly I say to you, This poor widow has given more than all of them: 4  For they gave out of their wealth, having more than enough for themselves: but she, even out of her need, has put in all her living.

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

5  And some were talking about the Temple, how it was made fair with beautiful stones and with offerings, but he said, 6  As for these things which you see, the days will come when not one stone will be resting on another, but all will be broken down. 7  And they said to him, Master, when will these things be? and what sign will there be when these events are to take place? 8  And he said, Take care that you are not tricked: for a number of people will come in my name, saying, I am he; and, The time is near: do not go after them. 9  And when news of wars and troubled times comes to your ears, have no fear; for these things have to be, but the end will not be now. 10  Then he said to them, Nation will be moved against nation and kingdom against kingdom: 11  There will be great earth-shocks and outbursts of disease in a number of places, and men will be without food; and there will be wonders and great signs from heaven. 12  But before all this, they will take you and be very cruel to you, giving you up to the Synagogues and to prisons, taking you before kings and rulers, because of my name. 13  And it will be turned to a witness for you. 14  So take care not to be troubled before the time comes, about what answers you will give: 15  For I will give you words and wisdom, so that not one of those who are against you will be able to get the better of you, or to put you in the wrong. 16  But you will be given up even by your fathers and mothers, your brothers and relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. 17  And you will be hated by all men, because of me. 18  But not a hair of your head will come to destruction. 19  By going through all these things, you will keep your lives.

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