New International Version

Matthew 24

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

1Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 24:15 Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11
  2. Matthew 24:29 Isaiah 13:10; 34:4
  3. Matthew 24:30 Or the tribes of the land
  4. Matthew 24:30 See Daniel 7:13-14.
  5. Matthew 24:33 Or he
  6. Matthew 24:36 Some manuscripts do not have nor the Son.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

馬太福音 24

預言聖殿被毀

1耶穌離開聖殿時,門徒上前把宏偉的聖殿指給祂看。 耶穌對他們說:「你們看見這殿宇了嗎?我實在告訴你們,將來它要被完全拆毀,在這裡找不到兩塊疊在一起的石頭。」

世界末日的預兆

耶穌正坐在橄欖山上,門徒私下來問祂:「請告訴我們,這事什麼時候會發生?你再來和世界末日的時候會有什麼預兆?」

耶穌回答說:「你們要小心,免得被人迷惑。 因為將來會有許多人冒我的名而來,說『我是基督』,欺騙許多人。 你們聽見戰爭爆發、戰訊頻傳時,不要驚慌,因為這些事必然發生,只是末日還沒有到。 民族將與民族互鬥,國家將與國家相爭,各處將有饑荒和地震。 這些只是災難[a]的開始。

「那時,你們將遭人迫害、殺害,並因我的名而被萬民憎恨。 10 那時,許多人會放棄信仰,互相出賣,彼此憎恨。 11 許多假先知也會出現,迷惑許多人。 12 由於罪惡氾濫,許多人的愛逐漸冷淡。 13 但堅忍到底的必定得救。 14 這天國的福音將傳遍天下,讓萬民都聽見,然後末日才會來臨。

15 「當你們看見但以理先知所說的『那帶來毀滅的可憎之物』站立在聖地的時候(讀者須會意), 16 住在猶太地區的人要趕快逃到山上去, 17 在屋頂上的人不要下來進屋收拾行李, 18 在田間工作的人也不要回家取外衣。 19 那時,孕婦和哺育嬰兒的母親們可就遭殃了! 20 你們要祈求上帝,不要讓你們在冬天或安息日逃難, 21 因為那時世上將有空前絕後的大災難。 22 如果不縮短災期,恐怕沒有人能活命。但為了選民的緣故,災期必被縮短。

23 「那時,如果有人對你們說,『看啊!基督在這裡』,或說,『基督在那裡』,你們不要相信。 24 因為假基督和假先知將出現,行很大的神蹟奇事來迷惑人,如果可能,甚至要迷惑上帝揀選的子民。 25 你們要記住,我已經預先告訴你們了。

26 「因此,如果有人對你們說,『看啊!基督在曠野』,你們不要出去;或者說,『看啊!基督在屋裡』,你們也不要相信。 27 人子降臨時的情形就像閃電從東方發出一直照到西方。 28 屍體在哪裡,禿鷹就會聚集在哪裡。

29 「當災難的日子一過,

『太陽變黑,
月亮無光,
眾星隕落,
天體震動。』

30 「那時,天上會出現人子降臨的預兆,地上的萬族都要哀哭,他們將看見人子帶著能力和極大的榮耀駕著天上的雲降臨。 31 在響亮的號聲中,祂將差遣天使從四面八方、天涯海角招聚祂揀選的人。

無花果樹的比喻

32 「你們可以從無花果樹學個道理。當無花果樹發芽長葉的時候,你們就知道夏天快來了。 33 同樣,當你們看見這一切事發生時,就知道人子快來了,就在門口。 34 我實在告訴你們,這個世代還沒有過去,這一切都要發生。 35 天地都要過去,但我的話永遠長存。

警醒準備

36 「但沒有人知道那日子和時辰何時來到,連天上的天使也不知道,人子[b]也不知道,只有天父知道。 37 人子降臨時的情形就像挪亞的時代。 38 洪水來臨之前,人們吃吃喝喝,男婚女嫁,一直到挪亞進方舟那天; 39 他們懵然不知,直到洪水來把他們全沖走了。人子降臨時的情形也是這樣。 40 那時,兩個人在田裡,一個將被接去,一個將被撇下; 41 兩個婦人推磨,一個將被接去,一個將被撇下。 42 所以,你們要警醒,因為你們不知道你們的主會在哪一天來。 43 你們都知道,如果一家的主人知道賊會在半夜幾點來,就必警醒,不讓賊入屋偷竊。 44 同樣,你們也要做好準備,因為在你們意想不到的時候,人子就來了。

兩種奴僕

45 「誰是那個受主人委託管理家中大小僕役、按時分糧食給他們、又忠心又精明的奴僕呢? 46 主人回家時,看見他盡忠職守,他就有福了。 47 我實在告訴你們,主人一定會把所有產業都交給他管理。 48 但如果奴僕邪惡,以為主人不會那麼快回來, 49 就毆打同伴,跟醉漢一起吃喝玩樂, 50 主人會在他想不到的日子、不知道的時辰回來, 51 嚴厲地懲罰[c]他,判他和偽君子同樣的罪。他必在那裡哀哭切齒。

Footnotes

  1. 24·8 災難」希臘文是「生產之痛」。
  2. 24·36 人子」希臘文是「子」。
  3. 24·51 嚴厲地懲罰」或作「腰斬」。