Luke 21:11

11 There will be great 1earthquakes, and in various places 2famines and pestilences. And there will be 3terrors and great 4signs from heaven.

Luke 21:11 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 21:11

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and
famines and pestilences (See Gill on Matthew 24:7). and fearful sights;
or "terrible things"; whether heard, or seen, as dreadful thunderings, and lightnings; and a voice heard in the temple, saying, let us go hence; and an idiot that went about several years together, saying, woe to the people, woe to the city, &c. a flame was seen in the temple, and the doors of it opened of themselves: and great signs shall there be from heaven;
as comets and blazing stars, a flaming sword, or a comet like one, hanging over Jerusalem, and armies in the air engaged against each other F2. The Syriac version adds, "and great winters there shall be"; that is, very long and cold; and so the Persic version, "and winter, and cold, shall be protracted".


F2 Vid. Joseph. de Bello Jud, l. 6. c. 5.

Luke 21:11 In-Context

9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once."
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 terrors 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 be your opportunity to bear witness.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Revelation 6:12
  • 2. Acts 11:28; Revelation 6:8
  • 3. Isaiah 19:17
  • 4. Luke 11:16; Matthew 16:1; Mark 8:11; [ver. 25; Revelation 12:1, 3; Revelation 13:13; Revelation 15:1]
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