Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

Mark 13 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

(Mat 24:1, 2; Luk 21:5, 6 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:1 - And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:2 - And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Signs of the End of the Age

(Mat 24:3–14; Luk 21:7–19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:3 - And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:4 - “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:5 - And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:6 - Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:7 - And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:8 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:9 - “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:10 - And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:11 - And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:12 - And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:13 - And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

The Abomination of Desolation

(Mat 24:15–28; Luk 21:20–24 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:14 - “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:15 - Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:16 - and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:17 - And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:18 - Pray that it may not happen in winter.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:19 - For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:20 - And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:21 - And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:22 - For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:23 - But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

The Coming of the Son of Man

(Mat 24:29–31; Luk 21:25–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:24 - “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:25 - and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:26 - And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:27 - And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

(Mat 24:32–35; Luk 21:29–33 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:28 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:29 - So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:30 - Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:31 - Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day or Hour

(Mat 24:36–44; Luk 21:34–36 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:32 - “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:33 - Be on guard, keep awake.[fn] For you do not know when the time will come.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:34 - It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants[fn] in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:35 - Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,[fn] or in the morning—
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:36 - lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:37 - And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts add and pray
Or bondservants
That is, the third watch of the night, between midnight and 3 a.m.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

See detailed copyright information.

For more information on this translation, see the ESV Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan