Chapter 24Matthew

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1 And :Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on; and his :disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. 2 But he answered and said to them, See ye not all these things? Amen I say unto you, In nowise shall one stone be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
 
3 And as he was sitting on the mount of :Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us when these things shall be? and what the sign of thy :presence and consummation of the age? 4 And :Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no one lead you astray. 5 For many shall come in my :name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see ye be not troubled: for it must come to pass; but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and famines shall be and earthquakes in diverse places. 8 But all these are the beginning of travails. 9 Then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all the nations for my :name’s sake. 10 And then shall many stumble and shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because the lawlessness shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold. 13 But who endureth unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this :gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a witness unto all the nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When therefore ye see the abomination of :desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let him that readeth understand), 16 then let them in :Judæa flee unto the mountains: 17 let the one on the housetop not go down to take out the things in his :house: 18 and let the one in the field not return back to take his :cloak. 19 But woe to those with child and to those giving suck in those :days! 20 And pray that your :flight be not in winter, neither on a sabbath: 21 for then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the world’s beginning until :now, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those :days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect’s sake those :days shall be shortened. 23 Then if anyone say to you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe not. 24 For false Christs shall arise and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Lo, I have told you before. 26 If therefore they shall say to you, Lo, he is in the wilderness; go not forth: Lo, in the inner chambers; believe not. 27 For just as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the presence of the Son of :man. 28 Wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered. 29 But straightway 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 heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and shall see the Son of :man coming on the clouds of the heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send forth his :angels with a great trumpet, and they shall gather together his :elect from the four winds, from the heavens’ ends unto their :ends. 32 Now from the fig tree learn the parable: when her :branch is now become tender, and putteth forth the leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh; 33 thus ye also, when ye see all these things, know that he is nigh, at the doors. 34 Amen I say unto you, This race shall not pass away, till all these things come to pass. 35 The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my :words shall not pass away. 36 But of that :day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of the heavens, neither the Son, but the Father only. 37 For just as the days of :Noah, so shall be the presence of the Son of :man. 38 For as in those :days :before the Flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, till the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 and they knew not until the flood came, and took all away; so shall be the presence of the Son of :man. 40 Then shall two be in the field; one is taken along, and one is left: 41 two women grinding at the mill; one is taken along, and one is left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what day your :Lord cometh. 43 But know this, that if the house-master had known what †watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his :house to be dug through. 44 Therefore be YE also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of :man cometh. 45 Who then is the faithful and wise bondman, whom the lord hath set over his :household, :to give them their food in season? 46 Blessed that :bondman whom his :lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Amen I say unto you, that he will set him over :all he hath. 48 But if that evil :bondman shall say in his :heart, My :lord tarrieth; 49 and shall begin to beat his :fellow-bondmen, and shall eat and drink with the drunken; 50 the lord of that :bondman shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, 51 and shall severely scourge him, and appoint his :portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.

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