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Mark 13 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Jesus Foretells the Future
(Mat 24:1, 2; Luk 21:5, 6 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:1 - As Jesus was leaving the Temple that day, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings! Look at the impressive stones in the walls.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:2 - Jesus replied, “Yes, look at these great buildings. But they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
(Mat 24:3–14; Luk 21:7–19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:3 - Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives across the valley from the Temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him privately and asked him,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:4 - “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to be fulfilled?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:5 - Jesus replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:6 - for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’[fn] They will deceive many.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:7 - And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:8 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:9 - “When these things begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the local councils and beaten in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:10 - For the Good News must first be preached to all nations.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:11 - But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:12 - “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:13 - And everyone will hate you because you are my followers.[fn] But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
(Mat 24:15–28; Luk 21:20–24 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:14 - “The day is coming when you will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration[fn] standing where he[fn] should not be.” (Reader, pay attention!) “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:15 - A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:16 - A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:17 - How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:18 - And pray that your flight will not be in winter.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:19 - For there will be greater anguish in those days than at any time since God created the world. And it will never be so great again.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:20 - In fact, unless the Lord shortens that time of calamity, not a single person will survive. But for the sake of his chosen ones he has shortened those days.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:21 - “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:22 - For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:23 - Watch out! I have warned you about this ahead of time!
(Mat 24:29–31; Luk 21:25–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:24 - “At that time, after the anguish of those days,
the sun will be darkened,
the moon will give no light,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:25 - the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:26 - Then everyone will see the Son of Man[fn] coming on the clouds with great power and glory.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:27 - And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world[fn]—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
(Mat 24:32–35; Luk 21:29–33 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:28 - “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:29 - In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:30 - I tell you the truth, this generation[fn] will not pass from the scene before all these things take place.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:31 - Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
(Mat 24:36–44; Luk 21:34–36 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:32 - “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:33 - And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert[fn]!
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:34 - “The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:35 - You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:36 - Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:37 - I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”
NLT Footnotes
Greek claiming, ‘I am.’
Or But this will be your testimony against them.
Or all peoples.
Greek on account of my name.
Greek the abomination of desolation. See Dan 9:27; 11:31; 12:11.
Or it.
See Isa 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:10.
See Isa 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:10.
“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
See Dan 7:13.
Greek from the four winds.
Or this age, or this nation.
Some manuscripts add and pray.

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