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Mark 13

The Destruction of the Temple

1 And when he went out of the temple one of his disciples says to him: Behold how great [are] the stones and how great [are] the buildings. 2 And Jesus said to him: Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left stone upon stone that will not be thrown down.

Signs of the End of the Age

3 And when he sat on the mount of olives opposite the temple Peter and James and John asked him privately: 4 Tell us, when will these [things] be, and what [is] the sign when these [things] are [about] to complete everything? 5 So Jesus began to be saying to them: Be seeing that no one deceive you. 6 Many will come on my name saying that: It is I, and will deceive many. 7 But whenever you hear wars and rumors of wars, Do not be being frightened; it must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, there will be earthquakes in diverse places, there will be famines and disorders1 2. These are the beginning of birth-pains.

Persecution of Disciples

9 But you be looking to yourselves. For they will deliver you up to the council and you will be beaten in the synagogues and be stood before governors and kings because of me as [a] witness to them. 10 And to all the nations is it first necessary [that] the gospel be preached. 11 And whenever they may bring you being delivered up, do not concern yourself beforehand what you will say, but whatever be given to you in that hour, this be speaking; for the [one] speaking is not you but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver up brother to death and father child, and children will rise up against parents and will kill them. 13 And you will be hated by all because of my name; but the [one] having endured to the end, this [one] will be saved.

The Abomination of Desolation

14 But when you see the abomination of desecration3 having stood where it must not, the [one] reading, let him understand4 , then let those in Judea be fleeing4 into the mountains. 15 Let him on the roof not come down4 nor enter in to take anything from his house. 16 And let the [one] in the field not turn back4 to take his garments. 17 But woe to the pregnant and those giving suck in those days. 18 But be praying in order that it not come to pass in winter, 19 for those days will be [a] tribulation such as has not come to pass from the beginning of creation that God created until now and will not [again] come to pass. 20 And except [the] Lord shorten5 the days, all flesh would not be saved. But because of the chosen whom he chose he shortened6 the days. 21 And then if any say to you: Behold there is the Christ, or: Behold here, be not believing. 22 But false Christs and false prophets will arise and will make signs and wonders in order to be deceiving if possible, the chosen. 23 But you be looking; I have foretold you everything.

The Arrival of the Son of Man

24 But in those days after that tribulation
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its radiance,
25 And the stars will be falling out of heaven
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 7
26 And they will see the son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send the angels and they will gather his chosen out of the four winds from the edge of [the] earth to the edge of heaven.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

28 But from the fig tree learn the parable, When its branches have already become tender and have put forth its leaves, you know that summer is at hand. 29 Thus you also, when you see these [things] come to pass, know that it is at hand upon the doors. 30 Truly I say to you that this8 generation does not pass away until all these [things] come to pass. 31 Heaven and [the] earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Stay Awake!

32 Concerning that day or that hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the son, except the father. 33 Be looking, be being alert and be praying, for you know not when is the time9 . 34 As [a] man away on [a] journey having left his house and having given to his slaves the authority, [and] to each his work, also commanded the doorkeeper that he should be staying awake. 35 Be staying awake therefore, for you know not when the lord of the house comes, either late or [at] midnight or [at] the crowing of the cock or early, 36 lest having come suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 But what I say to you, I say to all: Be staying awake.

1or "commotions," "tumults," "troubles"

2"and disorders" KW vg; omit: B

3or "desolation"


5or "curtail"

6or "curtailed"

7Is. 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:10

8can mean "the aforementioned"

9KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'