Matthew 24

Moffatt(i) 1 So Jesus left the temple and went on his way. His disciples came forward to point out to him the temple-buildings, 2 but he replied to them, "You see all this? I tell you truly, not a stone here will be left upon another, without being torn down." 3 So as he sat on the Hill of Olives the disciples came up to him in private and said, "Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign of your arrival and of the end of the world?" 4 Jesus replied, "Take care that no one misleads you; 5 for many will come in my name, saying 'I am the Christ,' and they will mislead many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see and do not be alarmed. These have to come, but it is not the end yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and realm against realm; there will be famines and earthquakes here and there. 8 All that is but the beginning of the trouble. 9 Then men will hand you over to suffer affliction, and they will kill you; you will be hated by all the Gentiles on account of my name. 10 And many will be repelled then, they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will rise and mislead many. 12 And in most of you love will grow cold by the increase of iniquity; 13 but he will be saved who holds out to the very end. 14 This gospel of the Reign shall be preached all over the wide world as a testimony to all the Gentiles, and then the end will come. 15 So when you see the appalling Horror spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing erect in the holy place (let the reader note this), 16 then let those who are in Judaea fly to the hills; 17 a man on the housetop must not go down to fetch what is inside his house, 18 and a man in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 19 Woe to women with child and to women who give suck in those days! 20 Pray that you may not have to fly in winter or on the sabbath, 21 for there will be sore misery then, such as never has been from the beginning of the world till now — no and never shall be. 22 Had not those days been cut short, not a soul would be saved alive; however, for the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short. 23 If anyone tells you at that time, 'Here is the Christ!' or, 'there he is!' do not believe it; 24 for false Christs and false prophets will rise and bring forward great signs and wonders, so as to mislead the very elect, — if that were possible. 25 (I am telling you this beforehand.) 26 If they tell you, 'Here he is in the desert,' do not go out; 'here he is in the chamber,' do not believe it. 27 For like lightning that shoots from east to west, so will be the arrival of the Son of man. 28 Wherever the body lies, there will the vultures gather. 29 Immediately after the misery of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not yield her light, the stars will drop from heaven and the orbs of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the Sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven; then all tribes on earth will wail, they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with great power and glory. 31 He will despatch his angels with a loud trumpet call to muster his elect from the four winds, from the verge of heaven to the verge of earth. 32 Let the fig tree teach you a parable. As soon as its branches turn soft and put out leaves, you know summer is at hand; 33 so, whenever you see all this happen, you may be sure He is at hand, at the very door. 34 I tell you truly, the present generation will not pass away till all this happens. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36 Now no one knows anything about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, but only my Father. 37 As were the days of Noah, so will the arrival of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days before the deluge people ate and drank, married and were married, till the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and as they knew nothing till the deluge came and swept them all away; so will the arrival of the Son of man be. 40 Then there will be two men in the field, one will be taken and one will be left; 41 two women will be grinding at the millstone, one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep on the watch then, for you never know what day your Lord will come. 43 But be sure of this, that if the householder had known at what watch in the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the watch, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 So be ready yourselves, for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 45 Now where is the trusty and thoughtful servant, whom his lord and master has set over his household to assign them their supplies at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant if his lord and master finds him so doing when he arrives! 47 I tell you truly, he will set him over all his property. 48 But if the bad servant says to himself, 'My lord and master is long of coming,' 49 and if he starts to beat his fellow-servants and to eat and drink with drunkards, 50 that servant's lord and master will arrive on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know; 51 he will cut him in two and assign him the fate of the impious. There men will wail and gnash their teeth.