13:1 And 1 as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings [are here]!
(1) The destruction of the temple, city, and
whole nation is foretold, and the troubles of the Church: but yet there are
many comforts added, and last of all, the end of the world is described.
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in
the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and
kings for my sake, for a a testimony
(a) When they hear you preach it will be a most
evident witness against them, so that they will not be able to pretend that
they do not know.
13:11 But when they shall
lead [you], and deliver you up, b take
no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither c
do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak
ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
(b) We are not forbidden to think beforehand, but
we are willed to beware of that pensive carefulness by which men discourage
themselves, which proceeds from distrust and lack of confidence and sure hope
of God's assistance. See Matthew
(c) By any kind of made-up and cunning type of
story to tell.
13:13 And ye shall be hated
of all [men] d for my name's sake: but
he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
(d) For me.
13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of
desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, e
standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them
that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
(e) When the heathen and profane people shall not
only enter into the temple, and defile both it and the city, but also
completely destroy it.
For [in] f those days shall be
affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created
unto this time, neither shall be.
(f) This is an idiom which the Hebrews use and it
has a great power in it, for it shows us that during that entire time one
misery will follow another in such a way as if the time itself was very misery
itself. So the prophet Amos says that the day of the Lord will be darkness; (Amos
2 But of that day and [that] hour
knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the
(2) The latter day is not to be searched for
curiously, which day the Father alone knows: but let us rather take heed that
it does not come upon us unaware.