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Mark 13


 1 And (*) (1) as he went out of the Temple, one of his disciples said unto him, Master, see what manner stones, and what manner buildings are here.


(*) Matthew 24:1; Luke 21:5 .

(1) The destruction of the Temple, city, and whole nation is aforetold, and the troubles of the Church, but yet there are annexed many comforts, and last of all, the end of the world is described.


 2  (*) Then Jesus answered, and said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.


(*) Luke 19:43 .


 3 And as he sat on the mount of Olives, over against the Temple, Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew asked him secretly,


 4 Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?


 5 And Jesus answered them, and began to say, (*) (♣) Take heed lest any man deceive you.


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

(♣) He doeth answer them of things that were more necessary for them to know than the things that they demanded.


 6 For many shall come in my Name, saying, I (*) am Christ, and shall deceive many.


(*) Usurping the authority of Christ.


 7 Furthermore when ye shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled, for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.


 8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be earthquakes in divers quarters, and there shall be famine and troubles; these are the beginnings of sorrows.


 9 But take ye heed to yourselves; for they shall deliver you up to the Councils, and to the Synagogues, ye shall be beaten, and brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a (a) (*) testimonial unto them.


(a) The hearing of you preaching shall be a most evident witness against them, so that they shall not be able to pretend ignorance.

(*) That they may be inexcusable.


 10 And the Gospel must first be published among all nations.


 11  (*) But when they lead you, and deliver you up, (b) take ye no (♣) thought beforehand, neither (c) premeditate (♠) what ye shall say, but whatsoever is given you at the same time, that speak; for it is not ye that speak, but the holy Ghost.


(*) Matthew 10:19; Luke 12:11; Luke 21:14 .

(b) We are not forbidden to think beforehand, but pensive carefulness whereby men discourage themselves, which proceedeth from distrust, and want of confidence and sure hope of God's assistance; that carefulness we are willed to beware of, Matt 6:27 .

(♣) He only forbiddeth that care which cometh of distrust.
(c) By any kind of artificious and cunning kind of tale what to speak.

(♠) This is not to make them negligent, but to assure them that he will assist them and instruct them sufficiently with answers, so that they may hereby perceive that their defence standeth not in their own wisdom, or eloquence.


 12 Yea, and the brother shall deliver the brother to death, and the father the son, and the children shall rise against their parents, and shall cause them to die.


 13 And ye shall be hated of all men (d) for my Nameís sake, but whosoever shall endure unto the end, he shall be saved.


(d) For me.


 14  (*) Moreover, when ye shall see the abomination of desolation (spoken of by (♣) Daniel the Prophet) (e) (♠) (♦) standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth, consider it) then let them that be in Judea, flee into the (♥) mountains;


(*) Matthew 24:15; Luke 21:20 .

() Daniel 9:27 .

(e) When the heathen and profane people shall not only enter into the Temple, and defile both it and the city, but also clean destroy it.

(♠) This is meant of that time that the Romans should profane the Temple.

(♦) Or, belong.

(♥) Because the destruction shall be most extreme and cruel.


 15 And let him that is upon the house, not come down into the house, neither enter therein, to fetch anything out of his house.


 16 And let him that is in the field, not turn back again unto the things which he left behind him, to take his garment.


 17 Then woe shall be to them that are with (*) child, and to them that give suck in those days.


(*) For they shall not be able to flee.


 18  (*) Pray therefore that your flight be not in the winter.


(*) That you have no let to hinder you when you should escape.


 19 For (f) there shall be in those days such tribulation, as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.


(f) This is a kind of speech which the Hebrews use, and it hath a great force in it, for it giveth us to understand that in all that time one misery shall so follow upon another, as if the time itself were very misery itself. So the Prophet Amos saith (Amos 5:20), that the day of the Lord shall be darkness.


 20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no (*) flesh should be saved; but for the electís sake, which he hath chosen, he hath shortened those days.


(*) Or, man.


 21 Then (*) if any man say to you, Lo, here is Christ, or lo, he is there, believe it not.


(*) Matthew 24:23; Luke 21:8 .


 22 For false Christs shall rise, and false prophets, and shall shew signs and wonders, to deceive if it were (*) possible the very elect.


(*) The elect may waver and be troubled, but they cannot utterly be deceived, and overcome.


 23 But take ye heed; behold, I have shewed you all things (*) before.


(*) Wherefore he that suffereth himself now to be seduced, hath no excuse.


 24  ∂ Moreover in those days, after that tribulation, (*) the sun shall wax dark, and the moon shall not give her light,


(*) Isaiah 13:10; Ezekiel 32:7; Joel 2:10; Joel 3:15 .


 25 And the (*) stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers which are in heaven, shall shake.


(*) This teacheth that there shall be a change of the whole order of nature.


 26 And then shall they see the Son of man, coming in the clouds, with great power and glory.


 27  (*) And he shall then send his Angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, and from the utmost part of the earth to the utmost part of heaven.


(*) Matthew 24:31 .


 28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree. When her bough is yet tender, and it bringeth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near.


 29 So in like manner, when ye see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is near, even at the doors.


 30 Verily I say unto you, that this (*) generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.


(*) The word signifieth the space of a hundred years; albeit this came to pass before fifty years.


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


 32  (2) But of that (*) day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the Angels which are in heaven, neither the (♣) Son himself, but the Father.


(2) The latter day is not curiously to be searched for which the Father alone knoweth; but let us rather take heed, that it come not upon us unaware.

(*) When the destruction of Jerusalem, the persecutions and illusions shall come; but chiefly these are understood of the second coming of Christ.

(♣) In that he is man and mediator.


 33  (*) Take heed, watch, and pray; for ye know not when the time is.


(*) Matthew 24:13 .


 34 For the Son of man is as a man going into a strange country, and leaveth his house, and giveth authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commandeth the porter to watch.


 35  (*) Watch ye therefore, (for ye know not when the master of the house will come, at even, or at midnight, at the cock crowing, or in the dawning,)


(*) For of the coming we are most assured; but of the time, the year, the day or hour, we are ignorant, and therefore must watch continually.


 36 Lest if he come suddenly, he should find you sleeping.


 37 And those things that I say unto you, I say unto all men, Watch.





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