Matthew 24-25 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  And having gone forth, Jesus departed from the temple, and his disciples came near to show him the buildings of the temple, 2  and Jesus said to them, 'Do ye not see all these? verily I say to you, There may not be left here a stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.' 3  And when he is sitting on the mount of the Olives, the disciples came near to him by himself, saying, 'Tell us, when shall these be? and what 'is' the sign of thy presence, and of the full end of the age?'

4  And Jesus answering said to them, 'Take heed that no one may lead you astray, 5  for many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and they shall lead many astray, 6  and ye shall begin to hear of wars, and reports of wars; see, be not troubled, for it behoveth all 'these' to come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7  'For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places; 8  and all these 'are' the beginning of sorrows; 9  then they shall deliver you up to tribulation, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated by all the nations because of my name; 10  and then shall many be stumbled, and they shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another. 11  'And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray; 12  and because of the abounding of the lawlessness, the love of the many shall become cold; 13  but he who did endure to the end, he shall be saved; 14  and this good news of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world, for a testimony to all the nations; and then shall the end arrive. 15  'Whenever, therefore, ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever is reading let him observe) 16  then those in Judea—let them flee to the mounts; 17  he on the house-top—let him not come down to take up any thing out of his house; 18  and he in the field—let him not turn back to take his garments. 19  'And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck in those days; 20  and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, nor on a sabbath; 21  for there shall be then great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world till now, no, nor may be. 22  And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would have been saved; but because of the chosen, shall those days be shortened. 23  'Then if any one may say to you, Lo, here 'is' the Christ! or here! ye may not believe; 24  for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they shall give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, also the chosen. 25  Lo, I did tell you beforehand. 26  'If therefore they may say to you, Lo, in the wilderness he is, ye may not go forth; lo, in the inner chambers, ye may not believe; 27  for as the lightning doth come forth from the east, and doth appear unto the west, so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man; 28  for wherever the carcase may be, there shall the eagles be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29  'And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from the heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken; 30  and then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in the heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth smite the breast, and they shall see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of the heaven, with power and much glory; 31  and he shall send his messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens unto the ends thereof.

32  'And from the fig-tree learn ye the simile: When already its branch may have become tender, and the leaves it may put forth, ye know that summer 'is' nigh, 33  so also ye, when ye may see all these, ye know that it is nigh—at the doors. 34  Verily I say to you, this generation may not pass away till all these may come to pass. 35  The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour

36  'And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known—not even the messengers of the heavens—except my Father only; 37  and as the days of Noah—so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man; 38  for as they were, in the days before the flood, eating, and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, till the day Noah entered into the ark, 39  and they did not know till the flood came and took all away; so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man. 40  Then two men shall be in the field, the one is received, and the one is left; 41  two women shall be grinding in the mill, one is received, and one is left. 42  'Watch ye therefore, because ye have not known in what hour your Lord doth come; 43  and this know, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief doth come, he had watched, and not suffered his house to be broken through; 44  because of this also ye, become ye ready, because in what hour ye do not think, the Son of Man doth come.

The Unfaithful Servant

45  'Who, then, is the servant, faithful and wise, whom his lord did set over his household, to give them the nourishment in season? 46  Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so; 47  verily I say to you, that over all his substance he will set him. 48  'And, if that evil servant may say in his heart, My Lord doth delay to come, 49  and may begin to beat the fellow-servants, and to eat and to drink with the drunken, 50  the lord of that servant will arrive in a day when he doth not expect, and in an hour of which he doth not know, 51  and will cut him off, and his portion with the hypocrites will appoint; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 1  'Then shall the reign of the heavens be likened to ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom; 2  and five of them were prudent, and five foolish; 3  they who were foolish having taken their lamps, did not take with themselves oil; 4  and the prudent took oil in their vessels, with their lamps. 5  'And the bridegroom tarrying, they all nodded and were sleeping, 6  and in the middle of the night a cry was made, Lo, the bridegroom doth come; go ye forth to meet him. 7  'Then rose all those virgins, and trimmed their lamps, 8  and the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out; 9  and the prudent answered, saying—Lest there may not be sufficient for us and you, go ye rather unto those selling, and buy for yourselves. 10  'And while they are going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those ready went in with him to the marriage-feasts, and the door was shut; 11  and afterwards come also do the rest of the virgins, saying, Sir, sir, open to us; 12  and he answering said, Verily I say to you, I have not known you. 13  'Watch therefore, for ye have not known the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man doth come.

The Parable of the Talents

14  'For—as a man going abroad did call his own servants, and did deliver to them his substance, 15  and to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his several ability, went abroad immediately. 16  'And he who did receive the five talents, having gone, wrought with them, and made other five talents; 17  in like manner also he who 'received' the two, he gained, also he, other two; 18  and he who did receive the one, having gone away, digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19  'And after a long time cometh the lord of those servants, and taketh reckoning with them; 20  and he who did receive the five talents having come, brought other five talents, saying, 'Sir, five talents thou didst deliver to me; lo, other five talents did I gain besides them. 21  'And his lord said to him, Well done, servant, good and faithful, over a few things thou wast faithful, over many things I will set thee; enter into the joy of thy lord. 22  'And he who also did receive the two talents having come, said, Sir, two talents thou didst deliver to me; lo, other two talents I did gain besides them. 23  'His lord said to him, Well done, servant, good and faithful, over a few things thou wast faithful, over many things I will set thee; enter into the joy of thy lord. 24  'And he also who hath received the one talent having come, said, Sir, I knew thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering from whence thou didst not scatter; 25  and having been afraid, having gone away, I hid thy talent in the earth; lo, thou hast thine own! 26  'And his lord answering said to him, Evil servant, and slothful, thou hadst known that I reap where I did not sow, and I gather whence I did not scatter! 27  it behoved thee then to put my money to the money-lenders, and having come I had received mine own with increase. 28  'Take therefore from him the talent, and give to him having the ten talents, 29  for to every one having shall be given, and he shall have overabundance, and from him who is not having, even that which he hath shall be taken from him; 30  and the unprofitable servant cast ye forth to the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.

The Judgment of the Nations

31  'And whenever the Son of Man may come in his glory, and all the holy messengers with him, then he shall sit upon a throne of his glory; 32  and gathered together before him shall be all the nations, and he shall separate them from one another, as the shepherd doth separate the sheep from the goats, 33  and he shall set the sheep indeed on his right hand, and the goats on the left. 34  'Then shall the king say to those on his right hand, Come ye, the blessed of my Father, inherit the reign that hath been prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35  for I did hunger, and ye gave me to eat; I did thirst, and ye gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and ye received me; 36  naked, and ye put around me; I was infirm, and ye looked after me; in prison I was, and ye came unto me. 37  'Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungering, and we nourished? or thirsting, and we gave to drink? 38  and when did we see thee a stranger, and we received? or naked, and we put around? 39  and when did we see thee infirm, or in prison, and we came unto thee? 40  'And the king answering, shall say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did 'it' to one of these my brethren—the least—to me ye did 'it'. 41  Then shall he say also to those on the left hand, Go ye from me, the cursed, to the fire, the age-during, that hath been prepared for the Devil and his messengers; 42  for I did hunger, and ye gave me not to eat; I did thirst, and ye gave me not to drink; 43  a stranger I was, and ye did not receive me; naked, and ye put not around me; infirm, and in prison, and ye did not look after me. 44  'Then shall they answer, they also, saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or infirm, or in prison, and we did not minister to thee? 45  'Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did 'it' not to one of these, the least, ye did 'it' not to me. 46  And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during.'

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