Mark 13:8

8 Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Earthquakes will occur in various places. There will be famines. But these things are nothing compared to what's coming.

Mark 13:8 Meaning and Commentary

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).

Mark 13:8 In-Context

6 Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, 'I'm the One.' They will deceive a lot of people.
7 When you hear of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don't panic. This is routine history, and no sign of the end.
8 Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Earthquakes will occur in various places. There will be famines. But these things are nothing compared to what's coming.
9 "And watch out! They're going to drag you into court. And then it will go from bad to worse, dog-eat-dog, everyone at your throat because you carry my name. You're placed there as sentinels to truth.
10 The Message has to be preached all across the world.