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XXI.  And looking up, he saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

2And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.

3And he said: Of a truth I say to you, that this poor widow cast in more than all.

4For all these, out of their abundance, cast into the offerings; but she, out of her want, cast in all the living that she had.

5And as some were saying of the temple, that it has been adorned with beautiful stones and offerings, he said:

6As for these things which ye behold, days will come in which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

7And they asked him, saying: Teacher, when therefore will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to come to pass?

8And he said: Take heed that ye be not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying: I am he, and the time is at hand. Go not after them.

9And when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified; for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not immediately.

10Then said he to them: Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;

11and there will be great earthquakes, and in divers places famines and pestilences; and there will be great portents and signs from heaven.

12And before all these, they will lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up into synagogues and prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.

13And it shall turn out to you for a testimony.

14Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer.

15For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or withstand.

16And ye will be delivered up both by parents, and brothers, and kindred, and friends; and some of you they will cause to be put to death.

17And ye will be hated by all for my name's sake.

18And there shall not a hair of your head perish.

19In your patience possess your souls.

20And when ye shall see Jerusalem encompassed by armies, then know that its desolation is at hand.

21Then let those in Judæa flee into the mountains; and let those in the midst of it depart out; and let those in the fields not enter into it.

22Because these are the days of vengeance, that all the things which are written may be fulfilled.

23Woe to those who are with child, and to those who give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress upon the land, and wrath to this people.

24And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled.

25And there shall be signs in the sun, and moon, and stars; and on the earth distress of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and waves;

26men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking for those things that are coming on the world; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory.

28And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption is drawing nigh.

29And he spoke to them a parable: Behold the fig-tree, and all the trees.

30When they already shoot forth, seeing it ye know of yourselves that the summer is already near.

31So also ye, when ye see these things coming to pass, know that the kingdom of God is near.

32Verily I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all shall have come to pass.

33Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away.

34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come upon you unawares.

35For as a snare shall it come on all that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

36And watch, in every time praying that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

37And in the daytime he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called Olivet.

38And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him.