The Widow’s Offering
1 # For ver. 1-4, see Mark 12:41-44 Jesus#21:1 Greek He looked up and saw the rich #2 Kgs. 12:9 putting their gifts into #John 8:20 (Gk.)the offering box, 2and he saw a poor widow put in two #ch. 12:59small copper coins.#21:2 Greek two lepta; a lepton was a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer) 3And he said, “Truly, I tell you, #[2 Cor. 8:2, 12]this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her #[Phil. 4:11] poverty put in all #ch. 8:43she had to live on.”
Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
5 # For ver. 5-36, see Matt. 24:1-51; Mark 13:1-37 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6“As for these things that you see, #ch. 19:43, 44; See ch. 17:22the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 7And they asked him, “Teacher, #[Acts 1:6, 7]when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8And he said, #Jer. 29:8; Eph. 5:6; Col. 2:8; 2 Thess. 2:3; 1 John 3:7 “See that you are not led astray. For #Jer. 14:14; 1 John 2:18 many will come in my name, saying, #See John 8:24 ‘I am he!’ and, #[Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Mark 1:15]‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. 9And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be #ch. 24:37 terrified, for these things #Rev. 1:1must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”
Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution
10Then he said to them, #2 Chr. 15:6; [Rev. 6:4] “Nation will rise against nation, and #Isa. 19:2kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great #Rev. 6:12 earthquakes, and in various places #Acts 11:28; Rev. 6:8 famines and pestilences. And there will be #Isa. 19:17 terrors and great #ch. 11:16; Matt. 16:1; Mark 8:11; [ver. 25; Rev. 12:1, 3; 13:13; 15:1]signs from heaven. 12But before all this #For ver. 12-17, [Matt. 10:17-22] they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to #Acts 22:19; 26:11 the synagogues and #Acts 4:3; 5:18; 8:3; 12:4; 16:24; 24:27; 2 Cor. 11:23 prisons, and you #See Acts 16:19 will be brought before #[Acts 27:24] kings and #Acts 17:6; 18:12; 24:1; 25:6governors for my name’s sake. 13#[Phil. 1:13, 14, 19]This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14Settle it therefore in your minds #ch. 12:11not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15for #[Ex. 4:12; Jer. 1:9] I will give you a mouth and #Acts 6:10 wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or #[Acts 4:14]contradict. 16You will be delivered up #[ch. 12:53; Matt. 10:35]even by parents and brothers#21:16 Or parents and brothers and sisters and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17#John 15:18-21; [ch. 6:22]You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18But #[ver. 16; John 10:28]; See 1 Sam. 14:45not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your #Rom. 5:3; [Matt. 10:22; 24:13]; See Heb. 10:36endurance you will gain your lives.
Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem
20 “But # See ch. 19:43 when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that #
its desolation has come near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22for these are #Isa. 34:8; 63:4; Hos. 9:7 days of #[ch. 18:7, 8] vengeance, to fulfill #See Matt. 1:22all that is written. 23#ch. 23:29 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and #1 Thess. 2:16wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the edge of the sword and #[Deut. 28:64] be led captive among all nations, and #Rev. 11:2; [Ps. 79:1; Isa. 63:3, 18; Dan. 8:13; Zech. 12:3] Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, #[Dan. 12:7; Rom. 11:25]until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
The Coming of the Son of Man
25 “And #
Isa. 13:10; 24:23; Ezek. 32:7; Joel 2:10, 31; 3:15; Acts 2:20; [Amos 5:20; 8:9; Zeph. 1:15; Rev. 6:12; 8:12] there will be signs in sun and moon #
Rev. 6:13; [Isa. 14:12; 34:4] and stars, and on the earth # [Ps. 65:7] distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For #[Isa. 34:4]the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27And then they will see #See Dan. 7:13 the Son of Man coming in a cloud #Matt. 26:64; Mark 9:1; [Matt. 25:31]with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and #Job 10:15 raise your heads, because #Rom. 8:23; Eph. 4:30; [Rom. 13:11]; See ch. 1:68your redemption is drawing near.”
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
29And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30As soon as they come out in leaf, you see #ch. 12:57; [Matt. 16:3]for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32#See ch. 9:27Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33#Ps. 102:26; Isa. 51:6; 2 Pet. 3:10; [Matt. 5:18; Heb. 12:27] Heaven and earth will pass away, but #Ps. 119:89; Isa. 40:8; 1 Pet. 1:23, 25my words will not pass away.
34 “But watch yourselves # [Rom. 13:13; 1 Thess. 5:6, 7; 1 Pet. 4:7] lest #
James 5:5 your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and # [Matt. 13:22] cares of this life, and #
1 Thess. 5:3, 4; [ch. 12:40] that day come upon you suddenly #
Eccles. 9:12; Isa. 24:17 like a trap. 35For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36But #ch. 12:37; Matt. 25:13; 26:41; Mark 14:34-38; Acts 20:31; 1 Cor. 16:13; 1 Thess. 5:6; 1 Pet. 5:8 stay awake at all times, #See ch. 18:1 praying that you may #[Hos. 12:4] have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and #See Rev. 6:17to stand before the Son of Man.”
37And #See Matt. 26:55 every day he was teaching in the temple, but #ch. 22:39; Matt. 21:17; Mark 11:19; [John 8:1; 18:2] at night he went out and lodged on #See Matt. 21:1the mount called Olivet. 38And early in the morning #[See ver. 37 above]all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.