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Luke 21

The Widow's Offering

1 But looking up he saw those throwing into the treasury the gifts of their riches. 2 But he saw [a] certain needy widow throw there two leptas1, 3 and he said: Truly do I say to you that this poor widow has thrown [in] more than all. 4 For all these out of their abundance threw into the gifts, but this [woman] out of her lack threw in all the living she had.

The Signs of the End of the Age

5 And when some were saying concerning the temple, that it was adorned with ornaments and beautiful stones, he said: 6 All these [things] that you behold, [the] days will come in which there will not be left stone which will not be thrown down. 7 But they asked him saying: Teacher, when therefore will these [things] be? And what [will be] the sign when these [things] are [about] to come to pass? 8 And he said: Be seeing that you be not deceived, for many will come upon my name saying: I am [he], and, The opportune-time2 has drawn nigh3 Do not go after them. 9 But when you hear wars and disorders4, be not frightened, for it is necessary these [things] come to pass first, but not straightway [is] the end5.

Persecution of Disciples

10 Then he was saying to them: Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes and in various places pestilences and famines, and [a] fearful [thing] will be [a] great sign from heaven. 12 But before these [things] they will lay their hands on you and persecute [you], delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, being brought before kings and governors on account of my name. 13 It will prove to be to [a] witness for you. 14 Place therefore in your hearts not to prepare to defend yourself. 15 For I will give to you mouth and wisdom, which all those opposing will be unable to resist or to contradict. 16 But you will be delivered up by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and [some] will be killed among you, 17 and you will be hated by all because of my name. 18 And [a] hair on your head they will not destroy. 19 In your endurance will you acquire your psyche-lives6 .

The Desolation of Jerusalem

20 But when you see Jerusalem circled by armies, then will you know that her desolation has drawn nigh. 21 Then let7 those in the country not enter into her, 22 for these are [the] days of vengeance for all having been written to be fulfilled. 23 Woe to those with child and to those giving suck in those days, for it will be [a] great calamity upon the earth and wrath to this people, 24 and they will fall by mouth of sword, and will be led captive into every nation, and Jerusalem will be trampled by the nations, until the season2 of the nations be fulfilled.

The Arrival of the Son of Man

25 And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay of the nations in perplexity, sounds of [the] sea and of tossing, 26 when men die from fear and of expectation of the [things] coming upon the inhabited earth; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the son of man coming in [a] cloud with power and great glory. 28 But when these [things] begin to come to pass, stand erect and lift up your heads, because your release8 is at hand.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

29 And he spoke to them [a] parable, Behold the fig and all the trees, 30 when they already put out [leaves], seeing from yourselves you know that summer is already near. 31 Likewise you also, when you see these [things] come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you that this9 generation shall not pass away until all come to pass. 33 Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Be Ready!

34 But be attending to yourselves lest your hearts be burdened down in dissipation10 and drunkenness and [the] cares of daily life, and that day suddenly be present 35 as [a] snare, for it will rush in upon all those sitting on the face of all the earth. 36 So be watching in every opportune-time2 asking in order that you prevail to flee all these [things] [about] to come to pass, and be stood before the son of man.

37 Now he was days teaching in the temple, but nights coming out he spent the night on the mount called of Olives. 38 And all the people rose early to him in the temple to be hearing from him.

1lepta = 1/8 cent

2KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

3or "is come"

4or "insurrections"

5or "completion"

6from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.


8or "redemption"

9i.e. the aforementioned

10or "carousing"