Luke 21
Berean Literal Bible

The Poor Widow's Offering
(Mark 12:41-44)

1And having looked up, He saw the rich casting their gifts into the treasury, 2and He saw a certain poor widow casting in two lepta.a

3And He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has cast in more than all of them. 4For these all cast in gifts out of that which was abounding to them; but she, out of her poverty, did cast in all the livelihood that she had.”

Temple Destruction Foretold
(Matthew 24:1-4; Mark 13:1-9)

5And as some were speaking about the temple, that it was adorned with goodly stones and consecrated gifts, He said, 6As to these things which you are beholding, the days will come in which no stone will be left upon a stone, which will not be thrown down.”

7And they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

8And He said, “Take heed, lest you be led astray; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and ‘The time is drawn near.’ Do not go after them. 9And when you should hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for it behooves these things to take place first, but the end is not immediately.”

Witnessing to All Nations
(Matthew 24:9-14; Mark 13:10-13)

10Then He was saying to them, “Nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be both great earthquakes, and famines and pestilences in different places. There will also be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

12But before all these things, they will lay their hands upon you, and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors on account of My name. 13It will result to you for a testimony. 14Settle therefore in your minds not to premeditate to make a defense. 15For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all those opposing you will not be able to resist nor to reply to.

16And you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put to death some from among you. 17And you will be hated by all because of My name. 18And no, not a hair of your head should perish. 19By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls.

The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-25; Mark 13:14-23)

20And when you see Jerusalem being encircled by encampments, then know that her desolation has drawn near. 21Then those in Judea, let them flee to the mountains; and those in her midst, let them depart out; and those in the countries, let them not enter into her. 22For these are the days of avenging, to fulfill all things having been written.

23But woe to those having in womb, and to the ones nursing in those days. For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people. 24And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Return of the Son of Man
(Matthew 24:26-31; Mark 13:24-27)

25And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity, sea roaring and surge rolling, 26men fainting from fear and expectation of that which is coming on the earth. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27And then will they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory. 28And of these things beginning to come to pass, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

The Lesson of the Fig Tree
(Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31)

29And He spoke to them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout already, looking for yourselves, you know that already summer is near. 31So also you, when you see these things coming to pass, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I say to you that this generation will not have passed away until all shall have taken place. 33The heaven and the earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

Be Watchful for the Day

34And take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts ever be burdened with dissipation and drunkenness and the cares of life—and that day would come upon you suddenly as a snare. 35For it will come upon all those sitting upon the face of all the earth. 36Watch also at every season, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37And during the day He was teaching in the temple, and in the evening going out, He was lodging on the mount called Olivet. 38And all the people would come to Him early in the morning in the temple, to hear Him.

a 2 A lepton was a Jewish copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius

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