1 He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,
2 and he also saw a poor widow put in two copper coins.
3 So he said, »Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of the others;
4 for these all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.«
5 And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and offerings, he said,
6 »As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.«
7 So they asked him, »Teacher, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when they are about to take place?«
8 And he said: »Take heed that you not are deceived. For many will come in my name, saying, I am he, and, The time is near. Do not go after them.
9 And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified; for these things must first take place, but the end will not come immediately.«
10 Then he said to them, »Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
12 But before all this, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. And you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake.
13 This will turn into an opportunity for you to bear testimony.
14 Therefore settle it in your minds not to meditate beforehand how you will answer;
15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death.
17 You will be hated by all for my name's sake.
18 But not a hair of your head will perish.
19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.
20 »But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.
21 Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it.
22 For these are days of vengeance, to fulfil all that is written.
23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.
24 They will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive to all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 »There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
26 men fainting from fear and foreboding of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 Now when these things begin to take place, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.«
29 He told them a parable: »Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.
30 When they are sprouting, you see and know for yourselves that summer is already near.
31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all things take place.
33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34 »But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly like a trap.
35 For it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch at all times, and pray always that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.«
37 And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out to spend the night on the mount called Olivet.
38 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.