The Gospel According to St Matthew

Chapter 24

Jesus foretells the doom of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple—Great calamities will precede His Second Coming—He gives the parable of the fig tree.

 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to ashew him the buildings of the btemple.

 And Jesus said unto them, aSee ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one bstone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

 ¶And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the asign of thy coming, and of the end of the bworld?

 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man adeceive you.

 For many shall come in my aname, saying, I am bChrist; and shall cdeceive many.

 And ye shall hear of awars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not btroubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

 For anation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be bfamines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

 All these are the beginning of asorrows.

 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall akill you: and ye shall be bhated of all nations cfor my name’s sake.

 10 And then shall many be aoffended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

 11 And many afalse prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

 12 And because ainiquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax bcold.

 13 But he that shall aendure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 14 And this agospel of the bkingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the cend come.

 15 When ye therefore shall see the aabomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the bholy place, (whoso readeth, let him cunderstand:)

 16 Then let them which be in Judæa aflee into the mountains:

 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

 19 And awoe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

 21 For then shall be great atribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those adays shall be shortened.

 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; abelieve it not.

 24 For there shall arise afalse bChrists, and cfalse prophets, and shall shew great dsigns and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall edeceive the very felect.

 25 Behold, I have told you before.

 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the asecret chambers; believe it not.

 27 For as the alightning cometh out of the beast, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be agathered together.

 29 ¶Immediately after the tribulation of those adays shall the bsun be cdarkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

 30 And then shall appear the asign of the Son of man in bheaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth cmourn, and they shall see the dSon of man coming in the clouds of heaven with epower and great fglory.

 31 And he shall send his aangels with a great sound of a btrumpet, and they shall gather together his celect from the four winds, from one end of dheaven to the other.

 32 Now learn a parable of the afig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that ait is near, even at the bdoors.

 34 Verily I say unto you, This ageneration shall not pass, till all these bthings be cfulfilled.

 35 Heaven and earth shall apass away, but my bwords shall not cpass away.

 36 ¶But of that aday and bhour knoweth no man, no, not the cangels of heaven, but my Father only.

 37 But as the days of aNoe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 38 For as in the days that were before the aflood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 42 aWatch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be abroken up.

 44 Therefore be ye also aready: for in such an bhour cas ye think not the Son of man cometh.

 45 Who then is a afaithful and bwise cservant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

 46 Blessed is that aservant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord adelayeth his coming;

 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.