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Luke 21


 1 And (*) (1) as he beheld, he saw the rich men which cast their gifts into the treasury.


(*) Mark 12:42 .

(1) The poor may exceed in bounty and liberality even the richest, according to Godís judgment.


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


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


 4  (*) For they all have of their superfluity cast into the offerings of God; but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.


(*) God esteemeth not the gift or alms by the quantity or value, but by the heart and affection.


 5  (*) (2) Now as some spake of the Temple, how it was garnished with goodly stones, and with (a) (♣) consecrated things, he said,


(*) Luke 19:43; Matthew 24:1; Mark 13:1 .

(2) The destruction of the Temple is foretold, which that true spiritual building may be built up, whose head builders must and ought to be circumspect.
(a) There were things that were hanged upon walls and pillars.

(♣) Or, gifts.


 6 Are these the things that ye look upon? The days will come wherein a stone shall not be left upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.


 7 Then they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign shall there be when these things shall come to pass?


 8  (*) And he said, (♣) Take heed, that ye be not deceived, for many will come (b) in my Name, saying, I am Christ, and the time draweth near; follow ye not them therefore.


(*) Ephesians 5:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 .

(♣) Christ then maketh answer of that, which was more necessary for them, and not to the question they demanded.

(b) Using my Name.


 9  (3) And when ye hear of wars and seditions, be not afraid; for these things must first come, but the end followeth not by and by.


(3) The true Temple of God is built up even in the midst of incredible tumults, and most sharp miseries, through invincible patience, so that the end thereof cannot be but most happy.


 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,


 11  (*) And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and hunger, and pestilence, and fearful things, and great signs shall there be from heaven.


(*) Matthew 24:7; Mark 13:18 .


 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the Synagogues, and into prisons, and bring you before Kings and rulers for my Nameís sake.


 13 And this shall turn to you, for a (c) (*) testimonial.


(c) This shall be the end of your troubles and afflictions, they shall be witnesses both before God and man, as well of the treacherous and cruel dealing of your enemies, as also of your constancy; A noble saying, that the afflictions of the godly and holy men pertains to the witness of the truth.

(*) This their sufferance shall both be a greater confirmation to the Gospel, and also by their constancy the tyranny of their enemies shall at length be manifest before God and man.


 14  (*) Lay it up therefore in your hearts, that ye premeditate not what ye shall answer.


(*) Luke 12:12; Matthew 10:19; Mark 13:11 .


 15 For I will give you a mouth, and wisdom where against all your adversaries shall not be able to speak nor (*) resist.


(*) For though they were so impudent to resist, yet truth ever gaineth the victory.


 16 Yea, ye shall be betrayed also of your parents, and of your brethren, and kinsmen, and friends, and some of you shall they put to death.


 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my Nameís sake.


 18  (*) Yet there shall not one hair of your heads perish.


(*) Matthew 10:30 .


 19 By your patience (d) (*) possess your souls.


(d) Though you are compassed about on all sides with many misery, yet notwithstanding be valiant and courageous, and bear out these things manfully.

(*) That is, live joyfully and blessedly, even under the cross.


 20  ∂ (*) (4) And when ye see Jerusalem besieged with soldiers, then understand that the desolation thereof is near.


(*) Daniel 9:27; Matthew 14:15; Mark 13:14

(4) The final destruction of the whole city is foretold.


 21 Then let them which are in Judea, flee to the mountains, and let them which are in the midst thereof, depart out, and let not them that are in the country, enter therein;


 22 For these be the days of vengeance, to fulfill all things that are written.


 23 But woe be to them that be with child, and to them that give suck in those days; for there shall be great distress in this land, and (e) (*) wrath over this people.


(e) By wrath, those things are meant, which God sendeth when he is displeased.

(*) Godís wrath against this people shall appear by the calamities and plagues, wherewith he will punish them.


 24 And they shall fall on the (f) edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden under foot of the Gentiles, until the (*) time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.


(f) Word for word, mouth, for the Hebrew call the edge of a sword the mouth, because the edge biteth.

(*) He meaneth their iniquities to receive likewise their punishment afterward.


 25  (*) (g) Then there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth trouble among the nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waters shall roar.


(*) Isaiah 13:10; Ezekiel 32:7; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24 .

(g) When the times are expired, appointed for the salvation of the Gentiles and punishment of the Jews; And so he passeth from the destruction of Jerusalem, to the history of the latter judgment.


 26  (5) And menís hearts shall fail them for fear and for looking after those things which shall come on the world, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.


(5) After divers tempest, the Lord will at the length plainly appear to deliver his Church.


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


 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, (*) for your (♣) redemption draweth near.


(*) Romans 8:23 .

(♣) The effect of that redemption which Jesus Christ hath purchased, shall then fully appear.


 29  (6) And he spake to them a parable, Behold, the fig tree, and all trees,


(6) We must be sober and watchful both day and night for the Lord's coming, that we be not taken at unawares.


 30 When they now shoot forth, ye seeing them, know of your own selves, that summer is then near.


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


 32 Verily I say unto you, This age shall not (*) pass, till all these things be done:


(*) For all these things come within fifty years after.


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


 34  (*) Take heed to yourselves, lest at anytime your hearts be oppressed with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and lest that day come on you at unawares.


(*) Romans 13:13 .


 35 For as a (*) snare shall it come (h) on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.


(*) To catch and entangle them, wheresoever they be in the world.

(h) On all men wheresoever they be.


 36 Watch therefore, and pray continually, (*) that ye may be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and that ye may (i) stand before the Son of man.


(*) Or, that ye may be made worthy.

(i) You may so appear that you will abide the countenance and sentence of the Judge without fear.


 37  ∂ Now in the daytime he taught in the Temple, and at night he went out, and abode in the mount, that is called the mount of Olives.


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




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