Luke 21:1-19 English Standard Version

The Widow's Offering

21 Jesus[1] looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2  and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.[2] 3  And he said, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

5  And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6  "As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." 7  And they asked him, "Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?" 8  And he said, "See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is at hand!' Do not go after them. 9  And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once." 10  Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11  There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12  But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. 13   This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14  Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15  for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16  You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers[3] and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17   You will be hated by all for my name's sake. 18  But not a hair of your head will perish. 19  By your endurance you will gain your lives.

Footnotes

[1] 21:1 Greek He

[2] 21:2 Greek two lepta; a lepton was a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)

[3] 21:16 Or parents and brothers and sisters

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