Matthew 24-25 Darby’s Translation

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The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  And Jesus went forth and went away from the temple, and his disciples came to [him] to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2  And he answering said to them, Do ye not see all these things? Verily I say to you, Not a stone shall be left here upon a stone which shall not be thrown down. 3  And as he was sitting upon the mount of Olives the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be, and what is the sign of thy coming and [the] completion of the age?

4  And Jesus answering said to them, See that no one mislead you. 5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and they shall mislead many. 6  But ye will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not disturbed; for all [these things] must take place, but it is not yet the end. 7  For nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. 8  But all these [are the] beginning of throes. 9  Then shall they deliver you up to tribulation, and shall kill you; and ye will be hated of all the nations for my name's sake. 10  And then will many be offended, and will deliver one another up, and hate one another; 11  and many false prophets shall arise and shall mislead many; 12  and because lawlessness shall prevail, the love of the most shall grow cold; 13  but he that has endured to the end, he shall be saved. 14  And these glad tidings of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole habitable earth, for a witness to all the nations, and then shall come the end. 15  When therefore ye shall see the abomination of desolation, which is spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in [what is a] holy place, (he that reads let him understand,) 16  then let those who are in Judaea flee to the mountains; 17  let not him that is on the house come down to take the things out of his house; 18  and let not him that is in the field turn back to take his garment. 19  But woe to those that are with child, and those that give suck in those days. 20  But pray that your flight may not be in winter time nor on sabbath: 21  for then shall there be great tribulation, such as has not been from [the] beginning of [the] world until now, nor ever shall be; 22  and if those days had not been cut short, no flesh had been saved; but on account of the elect those days shall be cut short. 23  Then if any one say to you, Behold, here is the Christ, or here, believe [it] not. 24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall give great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25  Behold, I have told you beforehand. 26  If therefore they say to you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth; behold, [he is] in the inner chambers, do not believe [it]. 27  For as the lightning goes forth from the east and shines to the west, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 28  [For] wherever the carcase is, there will be gathered the eagles.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29  But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon 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 land lament, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from [the one] extremity of [the] heavens to [the other] extremity of them.

32  But learn the parable from the fig-tree: When already its branch becomes tender and produces leaves, ye know that the summer is near. 33  Thus also ye, when ye see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors. 34  Verily I say to you, This generation will not have passed away until all these things shall have taken place. 35  The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall in no wise pass away.

No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour

36  But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of the heavens, but [my] Father alone. 37  But as the days of Noe, so also shall be the coming of the Son of man. 38  For as they were in the days which were before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day on which Noe entered into the ark, 39  and they knew not till the flood came and took all away; thus also shall be the coming of the Son of man. 40  Then two shall be in the field, one is taken and one is left; 41  two [women] grinding at the mill, one is taken and one is left. 42  Watch therefore, for ye know not in what hour your Lord comes. 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 not have suffered his house to be dug through [into]. 44  Wherefore ye also, be ye ready, for in that hour that ye think not the Son of man comes.

The Unfaithful Servant

45  Who then is the faithful and prudent bondman whom his lord has set over his household, to give them food in season? 46  Blessed is that bondman whom his lord on coming shall find doing thus. 47  Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all his substance. 48  But if that evil bondman should say in his heart, My lord delays to come, 49  and begin to beat his fellow-bondmen, and eat and drink with the drunken; 50  the lord of that bondman shall come in a day when he does not expect it, and in an hour he knows not of, 51  and shall cut him in two 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 the heavens be made like to ten virgins that having taken their torches, went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2  And five of them were prudent and five foolish. 3  They that were foolish took their torches and did not take oil with them; 4  but the prudent took oil in their vessels with their torches. 5  Now the bridegroom tarrying, they all grew heavy and slept. 6  But in [the] middle of [the] night there was a cry, Behold, the bridegroom; go forth to meet him. 7  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their torches. 8  And the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, for our torches are going out. 9  But the prudent answered saying, [We cannot,] lest it might not suffice for us and for you. Go rather to those that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10  But as they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and the [ones that were] ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11  Afterwards come also the rest of the virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us; 12  but he answering said, Verily I say unto you, I do not know you. 13  Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour.

The Parable of the Talents

14  For [it is] as [if] a man going away out of a country called his own bondmen and delivered to them his substance. 15  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to each according to his particular ability, and immediately went away out of the country. 16  And he that had received the five talents went and trafficked with them, and made five other talents. 17  In like manner also he that [had received] the two, [he also] gained two others. 18  But he that had received the one went and dug in the earth, and hid the money of his lord. 19  And after a long time the lord of those bondmen comes and reckons with them. 20  And he that had received the five talents came to [him] and brought five other talents, saying, [My] lord, thou deliveredst me five talents; behold, I have gained five other talents besides them. 21  His lord said to him, Well, good and faithful bondman, thou wast faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things: enter into the joy of thy lord. 22  And he also that had received the two talents came to [him] and said, [My] lord, thou deliveredst me two talents; behold, I have gained two other talents besides them. 23  His lord said to him, Well, good and faithful bondman, thou wast 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 coming to [him] said, [My] lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hadst not sowed, and gathering from where thou hadst not scattered, 25  and being afraid I went away and hid thy talent in the earth; behold, thou hast that which is thine. 26  And his lord answering said to him, Wicked and slothful bondman, thou knewest that I reap where I had not sowed, and gather from where I had not scattered; 27  thou oughtest then to have put my money to the money-changers, and when I came I should have got what is mine with interest. 28  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that has the ten talents: 29  for to every one that has shall be given, and he shall be in abundance; but from him that has not, that even which he has shall be taken from him. 30  And cast out the useless bondman 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 comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit down upon his throne of glory, 32  and all the nations shall be gathered before him; and he shall separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33  and he will set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on [his] left. 34  Then shall the King say to those on his right hand, Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from [the] world's foundation: 35  for I hungered, and ye gave me to eat; I thirsted, and ye gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; 36  naked, and ye clothed me; I was ill, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came to me. 37  Then shall the righteous answer him saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungering, and nourished thee; or thirsting, and gave thee to drink? 38  and when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in; or naked, and clothed thee? 39  and when saw we thee ill, or in prison, and came to thee? 40  And the King answering shall say to them, Verily, I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me. 41  Then shall he say also to those on the left, Go from me, cursed, into eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42  for I hungered, and ye gave me not to eat; I thirsted, and ye gave me not to drink; 43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye did not clothe me; ill, and in prison, and ye did not visit me. 44  Then shall they also answer saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or ill, or in prison, and have not ministered to thee? 45  Then shall he answer them saying, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have not done it to one of these least, neither have ye done it to me. 46  And these shall go away into eternal punishment, and the righteous into life eternal.

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