Mark 13

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Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

1 1And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!"
2 And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? 2There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down."

Signs of the Close of the Age

3 And as he sat on 3the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, 4Peter and James and John and 5Andrew asked him 6privately,
4 "Tell us, 7when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?"
5 And Jesus began to say to them, 8"See that no one leads you astray.
6 9Many will come in my name, saying, 10'I am he!' and they will lead many astray.
7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, 11do not be alarmed. This 12must take place, but the end is not yet.
8 For 13nation will rise against nation, and 14kingdom against kingdom. There will be 15earthquakes in various places; there will be 16famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 17"But 18be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten 19in synagogues, and you will stand before 20governors and 21kings for my sake, 22to bear witness before them.
10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed 23to all nations.
11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, 24do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say 25whatever is given you in that hour, 26for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
12 27And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
13 28And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. 29But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

The Abomination of Desolation

14 "But when you see 30the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (31let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
15 32Let the one who is on 33the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out,
16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.
17 And 34alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!
18 Pray that it may not happen in winter.
19 For in those days there will be 35such 36tribulation as has not been 37from the beginning of the creation that 38God created until now, and never will be.
20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for 39the sake of the elect, whom 40he chose, he shortened the days.
21 And 41then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'Look, there he is!' do not believe it.
22 42For false christs and false prophets will arise and 43perform signs and wonders, 44to lead astray, if possible, 45the elect.
23 But 46be on guard; 47I have told you all things beforehand.

The Coming of the Son of Man

24 "But in those days, after 48that tribulation, 49the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
25 and 50the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26 And then they will see 51the Son of Man coming in clouds 52with great power and glory.
27 And then 53he will send out the angels and 54gather 55his elect from 56the four winds, from 57the ends of the earth 58to the ends of heaven.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

28 "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.
29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, 59at the very gates.
30 60Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
31 61Heaven and earth will pass away, but 62my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day or Hour

32 "But concerning that day or that hour, 63no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, 64nor the Son, 65but only the Father.
33 66Be on guard, 67keep awake.[a] For you do not know when the time will come.
34 68It is like a man 69going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants[b] in charge, 70each with his work, and commands 71the doorkeeper to stay awake.
35 72Therefore stay awake--for you do not know when the master of the house will come, 73in the evening, or 74at midnight, or 75when the rooster crows,[c] or 76in the morning--
36 lest 77he come suddenly and 78find you asleep.
37 And what I say to you I say to all: 79Stay awake."

Cross References 79

  • 1. For ver. 1-37, see Matthew 24:1-51; Luke 21:5-36
  • 2. Luke 19:44
  • 3. See Matthew 21:1
  • 4. Matthew 17:1
  • 5. Mark 1:16, 29
  • 6. [Mark 4:34]
  • 7. [Acts 1:6, 7]
  • 8. ver. 9, 23, 33; Jeremiah 29:8; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 2:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 John 3:7
  • 9. ver. 22; Jeremiah 14:14; 1 John 2:18
  • 10. See John 8:24
  • 11. 2 Thessalonians 2:2
  • 12. Revelation 1:1
  • 13. 2 Chronicles 15:6; [Revelation 6:4]
  • 14. Isaiah 19:2
  • 15. Revelation 6:12
  • 16. Acts 11:28; Revelation 6:8
  • 17. For ver. 9, 11-13, [Matthew 10:17-22; Luke 12:11, 12]
  • 18. ver. 5; 2 John 8
  • 19. See Matthew 23:34
  • 20. Acts 17:6; Acts 18:12; Acts 24:1; Acts 25:6
  • 21. [Acts 27:24]
  • 22. See Matthew 8:4
  • 23. Matthew 28:19; Romans 10:18; Colossians 1:6, 23; [Mark 14:9]
  • 24. See Matthew 6:25
  • 25. Deuteronomy 18:18; [Numbers 23:5]; See Exodus 4:12
  • 26. Acts 4:8; Acts 6:10; Acts 13:9; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Corinthians 13:3; [1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 1:1]
  • 27. Matthew 10:35, 36
  • 28. John 15:18-21; [Luke 6:22]
  • 29. [Daniel 12:12, 13; James 5:11; Revelation 2:10]; See Hebrews 3:6
  • 30. Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11
  • 31. [Daniel 9:23, 25; Revelation 1:3]
  • 32. Luke 17:31
  • 33. See Luke 5:19
  • 34. Luke 23:29
  • 35. Revelation 16:18
  • 36. ver. 24; Daniel 12:1; [Revelation 7:14]
  • 37. See Mark 10:6; [Deuteronomy 4:32]
  • 38. Genesis 1:1
  • 39. ver. 22, 27; Isaiah 65:8, 9; Luke 18:7; [Matthew 22:14]
  • 40. John 13:18; John 15:19; Ephesians 1:4
  • 41. Luke 17:23; [ver. 6]
  • 42. [1 John 2:18]
  • 43. Deuteronomy 13:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11; Revelation 13:13, 14; Revelation 16:14; Revelation 19:20; [Acts 8:9]
  • 44. ver. 6
  • 45. ver. 20, 27
  • 46. ver. 5
  • 47. John 13:19; John 14:29; [2 Peter 3:17]
  • 48. ver. 19
  • 49. Isaiah 13:10; Isaiah 24:23; Ezekiel 32:7; Joel 2:10, 31; Joel 3:15; Acts 2:20; [Amos 5:20; Amos 8:9; Zephaniah 1:15; Revelation 6:12; Revelation 8:12]
  • 50. Revelation 6:13; [Isaiah 14:12; Isaiah 34:4]
  • 51. See Daniel 7:13
  • 52. Mark 9:1; Matthew 26:64; [Matthew 25:31]
  • 53. Matthew 13:41
  • 54. [Matthew 23:37; 2 Thessalonians 2:1]
  • 55. ver. 20, 22
  • 56. Daniel 7:2; Zechariah 2:6; Revelation 7:1
  • 57. [Acts 1:8]
  • 58. Deuteronomy 4:32; Deuteronomy 30:4
  • 59. [James 5:9; Revelation 3:20]
  • 60. See Mark 9:1
  • 61. Psalms 102:26; Isaiah 51:6; 2 Peter 3:10; [Matthew 5:18; Hebrews 12:27]
  • 62. Psalms 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:23, 25
  • 63. Matthew 25:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:1, 2
  • 64. [Philippians 2:6, 7]
  • 65. [Zechariah 14:7; Acts 1:7]
  • 66. ver. 5
  • 67. Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 13:17; [Mark 14:38]
  • 68. [Matthew 25:14]
  • 69. [Mark 12:1; Matthew 21:33]
  • 70. [Romans 12:6-8]
  • 71. Ezekiel 44:11; John 10:3; [Luke 12:36]
  • 72. Mark 14:34-38; Matthew 25:13; Matthew 26:41; Luke 12:37; Luke 21:36; Acts 20:31; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:6; 1 Peter 5:8
  • 73. Mark 1:32; Luke 12:38
  • 74. Mark 1:32; Luke 12:38
  • 75. Mark 14:30, 68, 72
  • 76. [Mark 6:48; Exodus 14:24]
  • 77. [1 Thessalonians 5:1-6]
  • 78. Mark 14:40
  • 79. [See ver. 35 above]

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Some manuscripts add and pray
  • [b]. Greek bondservants
  • [c]. That is, the third watch of the night, between midnight and 3 a.m.

Mark 13 Commentaries

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