Mark 13:8

8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

Read Mark 13:8 Using Other Translations

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

What does Mark 13:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Mark 13:8

For nation shall rise against nation
The nations of the world one against another, and the Romans against the Jews, and the Jews against them:

and kingdom against kingdom;
which is a synonymous phrase with the former, and what the Jews call, (twnwv twlm) , "different words", expressing the same thing, often used in their commentaries:

and there shall be earthquakes in divers places;
of the world:

and there shall be famines:
especially in Judea, as in the times of Claudius Caesar, and at the siege of Jerusalem:

and troubles;
public ones of various sorts, as tumults, seditions, murders This word is omitted in the Vulgate Latin, and Ethiopic versions.

These are the beginnings of sorrows;
as of a woman with child, as the word signifies; whose pains before, though they are the beginnings and pledges of what shall come after, are not to be compared with those that immediately precede, and attend the birth of the child: and so all those troubles, which should be some time before the destruction of Jerusalem, would be but small, but light afflictions, the beginning of sorrows, in comparison of what should immediately go before, and attend that desolation; (See Gill on Matthew 24:7), (See Gill on Matthew 24:8).

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