Luke 21-22 Bible in Basic English

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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.

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.

The Plot against Jesus

22 1  Now the feast of unleavened bread was near, which is called the Passover. 2  And the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a chance to put him to death, but they went in fear of the people. 3  And Satan came into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 4  And he went away and had a discussion with the chief priests and the rulers, about how he might give him up to them. 5  And they were glad, and undertook to give him money. 6  And he made an agreement with them to give him up to them, if he got a chance, when the people were not present.

Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples

7  And the day of unleavened bread came, when the Passover lamb is put to death. 8  And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, Go and make the Passover ready for us, so that we may take it. 9  And they said to him, Where are we to get it ready? 10  And he said to them, When you go into the town you will see a man coming to you with a vessel of water; go after him into the house into which he goes. 11  And say to the master of the house, The Master says, Where is the guest-room, where I may take the Passover with my disciples? 12  And he will take you up to a great room with a table and seats: there make ready. 13  And they went, and it was as he had said: and they made the Passover ready. 14  And when the time had come, he took his seat, and the Apostles with him. 15  And he said, I have had a great desire to keep this Passover with you before I come to my death; 16  For I say to you, I will not take it till it is made complete in the kingdom of God. 17  And he took a cup and, having given praise, he said, Make division of this among yourselves; 18  For I say to you, I will not take of the fruit of the vine till the kingdom of God has come. 19  And he took bread and, having given praise, he gave it to them when it had been broken, saying, This is my body, which is given for you: do this in memory of me. 20  And in the same way, after the meal, he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new testament, made with my blood which is given for you.

21  But the hand of him who is false to me is with me at the table. 22  For it will be done to the Son of man after the purpose of God, but unhappy is that man by whom he is given up. 23  And they were wondering among themselves which of them it was who would do this thing.

The Dispute about Greatness

24  And there was an argument among them about which of them was the greatest. 25  And he said, The kings of the Gentiles are lords over them, and those who have authority are given names of honour. 26  But let it not be so with you; but he who is greater, let him become like the younger; and he who is chief, like a servant. 27  For which is greater, the guest who is seated at a meal or the servant who is waiting on him? is it not the guest? but I am among you as a servant. 28  But you are those who have kept with me through my troubles; 29  And I will give you a kingdom as my Father has given one to me, 30  So that you may take food and drink at my table in my kingdom, and be seated like kings, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Peter's Denial Foretold

31  Simon, Simon, Satan has made a request to have you, so that he may put you to the test as grain is tested: 32  But I have made prayer for you, that your faith may not go from you: and when you are turned again, make your brothers strong. 33  And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death. 34  And he said, I say to you, Peter, before the cock's second cry today, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me.

Purse, Scrip, and Sword

35  And he said to them, When I sent you out without money or bag or shoes, were you in need of anything? And they said, Nothing. 36  And he said to them, But now, he who has a money-bag, or a bag for food, let him take it: and he who has not, let him give his coat for money and get a sword. 37  For I say to you that these words will be put into effect in me, And he was numbered among the evil-doers: for what has been said in the Writings about me has an end. 38  And they said, Lord, here are two swords. And he said, It is enough.

Jesus Prays in the Garden

39  And he came out, and went, as his way was, to the Mountain of Olives, and the disciples went with him. 40  And when he came to the place, he said to them, Make a prayer that you may not be put to the test. 41  And he went a little distance away from them and, falling on his knees in prayer, he said, 42  Father, if it is your pleasure, take this cup from me: but still, let your pleasure, not mine, be done. 43  And an angel from heaven came to him, to give him strength. 44  And being in great trouble of soul, the force of his prayer became stronger, and great drops, like blood, came from him, falling to the earth. 45  And, getting up from prayer, he came to the disciples, and saw that they were sleeping for sorrow. 46  And he said, Why are you sleeping? Get up, and give yourselves to prayer, so that you may not be put to the test.

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47  And while he was saying these words, there came a band of people, and Judas, one of the twelve, was in front of them, and he came near to Jesus to give him a kiss. 48  But Jesus said to him, Judas, will you be false to the Son of man with a kiss? 49  And when those who were with him saw what was coming, they said, Lord, may we not make use of our swords? 50  And one of them gave a blow to the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51  But Jesus, answering, said, Put up with this, at least. And touching his ear, he made it well. 52  And Jesus said to the chief priests and the captains of the Temple and the rulers, who had come against him, Have you come out as against a thief, with swords and sticks? 53  When I was in the Temple with you every day, your hands were not stretched out against me: but this is your hour, and the authority of the dark power.

Peter Denies Jesus

54  And they made him a prisoner and took him away to the house of the high priest. But Peter went after them at a distance. 55  And a fire was lighted in the middle of the open square, and they were seated together, and Peter was among them. 56  And a certain woman-servant, seeing him in the light of the fire, and looking at him with attention, said, This man was with him. 57  But he said, Woman, it is not true; I have no knowledge of him. 58  And after a little time, another saw him and said, You are one of them; and he said, Man, I am not. 59  And after about an hour, another man said, with decision, Certainly this man was with him, for he is a Galilaean. 60  And Peter said, Man, I have no knowledge of these things of which you are talking. And straight away, while he was saying these words, there came the cry of a cock. 61  And the Lord, turning, gave Peter a look. And the words of the Lord came to Peter's mind, how he had said, This night, before the hour of the cock's cry, you will be false to me three times. 62  And he went out, weeping bitterly.

Jesus Mocked and Beaten

63  And the men in whose hands Jesus was, made sport of him and gave him blows. 64  And, covering his eyes, they said to him, Are you prophet enough to say who gave you that blow? 65  And they said a number of other evil things against him.

Jesus before the Council

66  And when it was day, the rulers of the people came together, with the chief priests and the scribes, and they took him before their Sanhedrin, saying, 67  If you are the Christ, say so. But he said, If I say so you will not have belief; 68  And if I put a question to you, you will not give an answer. 69  But in the future the Son of man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God. 70  And they all said, Are you then the Son of God? and he said, You say that I am. 71  And they said, What more need have we of witness? we have the very words of his mouth.

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