Matthew 24:29-51 Revised Standard Version

The Coming of the Son of Man

29  "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 30  then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, 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 loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32  "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33  So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34  Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place. 35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour

36  "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37  As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 38  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39  and they did not know until the flood came and swept 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 is left. 41  Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. 42  Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43  But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. 44  Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

The Unfaithful Servant

45  "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46  Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 47  Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48  But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed,' 49  and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, 50  the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, 51  and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.

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