Luke 21:20-38

Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem

20 "But 1when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that 2its desolation has come near.
21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it,
22 for these are 3days of 4vengeance, to fulfill 5all that is written.
23 6Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and 7wrath against this people.
24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and 8be led captive among all nations, and 9Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, 10until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man

25 "And 11there will be signs in sun and moon 12and stars, and on the earth 13distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves,
26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For 14the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27 And then they will see 15the Son of Man coming in a cloud 16with power and great glory.
28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and 17raise your heads, because 18your redemption is drawing near."

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

29 And he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.
30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see 19for yourselves and know that the summer is already near.
31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 20Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place.
33 21Heaven and earth will pass away, but 22my words will not pass away.

Watch Yourselves

34 "But watch yourselves 23lest 24your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and 25cares of this life, and 26that day come upon you suddenly 27like a trap.
35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 But 28stay awake at all times, 29praying that you may 30have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and 31to stand before the Son of Man."
37 And 32every day he was teaching in the temple, but 33at night he went out and lodged on 34the mount called Olivet.
38 And early in the morning 35all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.