Other Accounts of What You Read in Luke 21
Understanding the Scriptures
|Mites (v. 2)||Small coins of very little value|
|Abundance (v. 4)||Wealth|
|Penury (v. 4)||Poverty|
|Pestilences (v. 11)||Plagues|
|Give you a mouth (v. 15)||Give you inspiration so you know what to say|
|Compassed (v. 20)||Surrounded|
|Them that give suck (v. 23)||Mothers who are nursing children|
|Perplexity (v. 25)||Confusion|
|Nigh (vv. 30–31)||Near|
|Surfeiting (v. 34)||Excesses from drinking|
Luke 21:5–38—Important Joseph Smith Translation Helps
Pay close attention to the Joseph Smith Translation as you study this chapter. You can also find many helps by referring to the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Matthew 24 (p. 33). Joseph Smith also made many inspired changes for Matthew 24 (see Joseph Smith—Matthew), and you will find many helps there.
Luke 21:24—“The Times of the Gentiles”
Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained: “The times of the Gentiles commenced shortly after the death of our Redeemer. The Jews soon rejected the Gospel and it was then taken to the Gentiles. The times of the Gentiles have continued from that time until now” (Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:179).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Luke 21.
“Signs of the Times”
In Luke 21:5–36 Jesus answered the disciples’ questions concerning the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the events that would precede that destruction. This passage not only tells of what would happen before the temple was destroyed, but also what would happen before the Lord returned in glory.
As you read this account, describe the signs given in Luke 21:8, 11–12, 26–27.