Matthew 24-25 Bible in Basic English

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The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  And Jesus went out of the Temple, and on the way his disciples came to him, pointing out the buildings of the Temple. 2  But he, answering, said to them, See you not all these things? truly I say to you that here there will not be one stone resting on another, which will not be pulled down. 3  And while he was seated on the Mountain of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Make clear to us, when will these things be? and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?

4  And Jesus said to them in answer, Take care that you are not tricked. 5  For people will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and a number will be turned from the true way through them. 6  And news will come to you of wars and talk of wars: do not be troubled, for these things have to be; but it is still not the end. 7  For nation will be moved against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and men will be without food, and the earth will be shaking in different places; 8  But all these things are the first of the troubles. 9  Then they will be cruel to you, and will put you to death: and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10  And numbers of people will be turned from the right way, and will give one another up and have hate for one another. 11  And a number of false prophets will come, causing error. 12  And because wrongdoing will be increased, the love of most people will become cold. 13  But he who goes through to the end will get salvation. 14  And this good news of the kingdom will be given through all the world for a witness to all nations; and then the end will come. 15  When, then, you see in the holy place the unclean thing which makes destruction, of which word was given by Daniel the prophet (let this be clear to the reader), 16  Then let those who are in Judaea go in flight to the mountains: 17  Let not him who is on the house-top go down to take anything out of his house: 18  And let not him who is in the field go back to get his coat. 19  But it will be hard for women who are with child and for those with babies at the breast in those days. 20  And say a prayer that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21  Because in those days there will be great sorrow, such as there has not been from the start of the world till now, or ever will be. 22  And if those days had not been made short there would have been no salvation for any, but because of the saints those days will be made short. 23  Then if any man says to you, See, here is the Christ, or, Here; do not put faith in him; 24  For there will come up false Christs, and false prophets, who will do great signs and wonders; so that if possible even the saints might be tricked. 25  See, I have made it clear to you before it comes about. 26  If, then, they say to you, See, he is in the waste land; go not out: See, he is in the inner rooms; put no faith in it. 27  Because as in a thunderstorm the bright light coming from the east is seen even in the west; so will be the coming of the Son of man. 28  Wherever the dead body is, there will the eagles come together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29  But straight away, after the trouble of those days, the sun will be made dark and the moon will not give her light and the stars will come down from heaven and the powers of heaven will be moved: 30  And then the sign of the Son of man will be seen in heaven: and then all the nations of the earth will have sorrow, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31  And he will send out his angels with a great sound of a horn, and they will get his saints together from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32  Now take an example from the fig-tree: when her branch has become soft and puts out its leaves, you are certain that the summer is near; 33  Even so, when you see all these things, you may be certain that he is near, even at the doors. 34  Truly I say to you, This generation will not come to an end till all these things are complete. 35  Heaven and earth will come to an end, but my words will not come to an end.

No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour

36  But of that day and hour no one has knowledge, not even the angels in heaven, or the Son, but the Father only. 37  And as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 38  Because as in those days before the overflowing of the waters, they were feasting and taking wives and getting married, till the day when Noah went into the ark, 39  And they had no care till the waters came and took them all away; so will be the coming of the Son of man. 40  Then two men will be in the field; one is taken, and one let go; 41  Two women will be crushing grain; one is taken, and one let go. 42  Be watching, then! for you have no knowledge on what day your Lord will come. 43  But be certain of this, that if the master of the house had had knowledge of the time when the thief was coming, he would have been watching, and would not have let his house be broken into. 44  Be ready then; for at a time which you have no thought of the Son of man will come.

The Unfaithful Servant

45  Who is the true and wise servant, whom his lord has put over those in his house, to give them their food at the right time? 46  A blessing on that servant, who will be doing so when his lord comes. 47  Truly, I say to you, he will put him over all he has. 48  But if that evil servant says in his heart, My lord is a long time in coming; 49  And is cruel to the other servants, taking his pleasure with those who are overcome with wine; 50  The lord of that servant will come in a day when he is not looking for him, and in an hour of which he has no knowledge, 51  And will have him cut in two, and will give him a part in the fate of the false ones: there will be weeping and cries of sorrow.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 1  Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, the friends of the bride, who took their lights, and went out with the purpose of meeting the husband. 2  And five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3  For the foolish, when they took their lights, took no oil with them. 4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lights. 5  Now the husband was a long time in coming, and they all went to sleep. 6  But in the middle of the night there is a cry, The husband comes! Go out to him. 7  Then all those virgins got up, and made ready their lights. 8  And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lights are going out. 9  But the wise made answer, saying, There may not be enough for us and you; it would be better for you to go to the traders and get oil for yourselves. 10  And while they went to get oil, the master came; and those who were ready went in with him to the feast: and the door was shut. 11  After that the other virgins came, saying, Lord, Lord, let us in. 12  But he made answer and said, Truly I say to you, I have no knowledge of you. 13  Keep watch, then, because you are not certain of the day or of the hour.

The Parable of the Talents

14  For it is as when a man, about to take a journey, got his servants together, and gave them his property. 15  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to everyone as he was able; and he went on his journey. 16  Straight away he who had been given the five talents went and did trade with them, and made five more. 17  In the same way he who had been given the two got two more. 18  But he who was given the one went away and put it in a hole in the earth, and kept his lord's money in a secret place. 19  Now after a long time the lord of those servants comes, and makes up his account with them. 20  And he who had the five talents came with his other five talents, saying, Lord, you gave into my care five talents: see, I have got five more. 21  His lord said to him, Well done, good and true servant: you have been true in a small thing, I will give you control over great things: take your part in the joy of your lord. 22  And he who had the two talents came and said, Lord, you gave into my care two talents: see, I have got two more. 23  His lord said to him, Well done, good and true servant: you have been true in a small thing, I will give you control over great things: take your part in the joy of your lord. 24  And he who had had the one talent came and said, Lord, I had knowledge that you are a hard man, getting in grain where you have not put seed, and making profits for which you have done no work: 25  And I was in fear, and went away, and put your talent in the earth: here is what is yours. 26  But his lord in answer said to him, You are a bad and unready servant; if you had knowledge that I get in grain where I did not put seed, and make profits for which I have done no work, 27  Why, then, did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I would have got back what is mine with interest? 28  Take away, then, his talent and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29  For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have more: but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30  And put out the servant who is of no profit into the outer dark: there will be weeping and cries of sorrow.

The Judgment of the Nations

31  But when the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then will he be seated in his glory: 32  And before him all the nations will come together; and they will be parted one from another, as the sheep are parted from the goats by the keeper. 33  And he will put the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34  Then will the King say to those on his right, Come, you who have the blessing of my Father, into the kingdom made ready for you before the world was: 35  For I was in need of food, and you gave it to me: I was in need of drink, and you gave it to me: I was wandering, and you took me in; 36  I had no clothing, and you gave it to me: when I was ill, or in prison, you came to me. 37  Then will the upright make answer to him, saying, Lord, when did we see you in need of food, and give it to you? or in need of drink, and give it to you? 38  And when did we see you wandering, and take you in? or without clothing, and give it to you? 39  And when did we see you ill, or in prison, and come to you? 40  And the King will make answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. 41  Then will he say to those on the left, Go from me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which is ready for the Evil One and his angels: 42  For I was in need of food, and you gave it not to me; I was in need of drink, and you gave it not to me: 43  I was wandering, and you took me not in; without clothing, and you gave me no clothing; ill, and in prison, and you came not to me. 44  Then will they make answer, saying, Lord, when did we see you in need of food or drink, or wandering, or without clothing, or ill, or in prison, and did not take care of you? 45  Then will he make answer to them, saying, Truly I say to you, Because you did it not to the least of these, you did it not to me. 46  And these will go away into eternal punishment; but the upright into eternal life.

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