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LUKE, 21
Of Christ's second coming

21:1     And looking up, he saw the men of wealth putting their offerings in the money-box. 2 And he saw a certain poor widow putting in a farthing. 3 And he said, Truly I say to you, This poor widow has given more than all of them : 4 For they gave out of their wealth, having more than enough for themselves : but she, even out of her need, has put in all her living.

21:5     And some were talking about the Temple, how it was made fair with beautiful stones and with offerings, but he said, 6 As for these things which you see, the days will come when not one stone will be resting on another, but all will be broken down. 7 And they said to him, Master, when will these things be ? and what sign will there be when these events are to take place ? 8 And he said, Take care that you are not tricked : for a number of people will come in my name, saying, I am he ; and, The time is near : do not go after them. 9 And when news of wars and troubled times comes to your ears, have no fear ; for these things have to be, but the end will not be now.

21:10     Then he said to them, Nation will be moved against nation and kingdom against kingdom : 11 There will be great earth-shocks and outbursts of disease in a number of places, and men will be without food ; and there will be wonders and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this, they will take you and be very cruel to you, giving you up to the Synagogues and to prisons, taking you before kings and rulers, because of my name. 13 And it will be turned to a witness for you. 14 So take care not to be troubled before the time comes, about what answers you will give : 15 For I will give you words and wisdom, so that not one of those who are against you will be able to get the better of you, or to put you in the wrong. 16 But you will be given up even by your fathers and mothers, your brothers and relations and friends ; and some of you will be put to death. 17 And you will be hated by all men, because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will come to destruction. 19 By going through all these things, you will keep your lives.

21:20     But when you see armies all round about Jerusalem, then be certain that her destruction is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judaea go in flight to the mountains ; and those who are in the middle of the town go out ; and let not those who are in the country come in. 22 For these are the days of punishment, in which all the things in the Writings will be put into effect. 23 It will be hard for women who are with child, and for her with a baby at the breast, in those days. For great trouble will come on the land, and wrath on this people. 24 And they will be put to death with the sword, and will be taken as prisoners into all the nations ; and Jerusalem will be crushed under the feet of the Gentiles, till the times of the Gentiles are complete.

21:25     And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars ; and on the earth, fear among the nations and doubt because of the loud noise of the sea and the waves ; 26 Men's strength will go from them in fear and in waiting for the things which are coming on the earth ; for the powers of the heavens will be moved. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory. 28 But when these things come about, let your heads be lifted up, because your salvation is near.

21:29     And he made a story for them : See the fig-tree, and all the trees 30 When they put out their young leaves, you take note of it, and it is clear to you that summer is coming. 21:31 In the same way, when you see these things taking place you may be certain that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, This generation will not come to an end till all things are complete. 33 Heaven and earth will come to an end, but my words will not come to an end.

21:34     But give attention to yourselves, for fear that your hearts become over-full of the pleasures of food and wine, and the cares of this life, and that day may come on you suddenly, and take you as in a net : 35 For so it will come on all those who are living on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep watch at all times with prayer, that you may be strong enough to come through all these things and take your place before the Son of man.

21:37     And every day he was teaching in the Temple and every night he went out to the mountain which is named the Mountain of Olives to take his rest. 38 And all the people came early in the morning to give ear to his words in the Temple.

LUKE, 22
The last supper

22:1     Now the feast of unleavened bread was near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a chance to put him to death, but they went in fear of the people.

22:3     And Satan came into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 4 And he went away and had a discussion with the chief priests and the rulers, about how he might give him up to them. 5 And they were glad, and undertook to give him money. 6 And he made an agreement with them to give him up to them, if he got a chance, when the people were not present.

22:7     And the day of unleavened bread came, when the Passover lamb is put to death. 8 And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, Go and make the Passover ready for us, so that we may take it. 9 And they said to him, Where are we to get it ready ? 10 And he said to them, When you go into the town you will see a man coming to you with a vessel of water ; go after him into the house into which he goes. 22:11 And say to the master of the house, The Master says, Where is the guest-room, where I may take the Passover with my disciples ? 12 And he will take you up to a great room with a table and seats : there make ready. 13 And they went, and it was as he had said : and they made the Passover ready.

22:14     And when the time had come, he took his seat, and the Apostles with him. 15 And he said, I have had a great desire to keep this Passover with you before I come to my death ; 16 For I say to you, I will not take it till it is made complete in the kingdom of God. 17 And he took a cup and, having given praise, he said, Make division of this among yourselves ; 18 For I say to you, I will not take of the fruit of the vine till the kingdom of God has come. 19 And he took bread and, having given praise, he gave it to them when it had been broken, saying, This is my body, which is given for you : do this in memory of me. 20 And in the same way, after the meal, he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new testament, made with my blood which is given for you. 21 But the hand of him who is false to me is with me at the table. 22 For it will be done to the Son of man after the purpose of God, but unhappy is that man by whom he is given up. 23 And they were wondering among themselves which of them it was who would do this thing.

22:24     And there was an argument among them about which of them was the greatest. 25 And he said, The kings of the Gentiles are lords over them, and those who have authority are given names of honour. 26 But let it not be so with you ; but he who is greater, let him become like the younger ; and he who is chief, like a servant. 27 For which is greater, the guest who is seated at a meal or the servant who is waiting on him ? is it not the guest ? but I am among you as a servant.

22:28     But you are those who have kept with me through my troubles ; 29 And I will give you a kingdom as my Father has given one to me, 30 So that you may take food and drink at my table in my kingdom, and be seated like kings, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

22:31     Simon, Simon, Satan has made a request to have you, so that he may put you to the test as grain is tested : 32 But I have made prayer for you, that your faith may not go from you : and when you are turned again, make your brothers strong. 33 And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death. 34 And he said, I say to you, Peter, before the cock's second cry today, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me.

22:35     And he said to them, When I sent you out without money or bag or shoes, were you in need of anything ? And they said, Nothing. 36 And he said to them, But now, he who has a money-bag, or a bag for food, let him take it : and he who has not, let him give his coat for money and get a sword. 37 For I say to you that these words will be put into effect in me, And he was numbered among the evil-doers : for what has been said in the Writings about me has an end. 38 And they said, Lord, here are two swords. And he said, It is enough.

22:39     And he came out, and went, as his way was, to the Mountain of Olives, and the disciples went with him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, Make a prayer that you may not be put to the test. 41 And he went a little distance away from them and, falling on his knees in prayer, he said, 42 Father, if it is your pleasure, take this cup from me : but still, let your pleasure, not mine, be done. 43 And an angel from heaven came to him, to give him strength. 44 And being in great trouble of soul, the force of his prayer became stronger, and great drops, like blood, came from him, falling to the earth. 45 And, getting up from prayer, he came to the disciples, and saw that they were sleeping for sorrow. 46 And he said, Why are you sleeping ? Get up, and give yourselves to prayer, so that you may not be put to the test.

22:47     And while he was saying these words, there came a band of people, and Judas, one of the twelve, was in front of them, and he came near to Jesus to give him a kiss. 48 But Jesus said to him, Judas, will you be false to the Son of man with a kiss ? 49 And when those who were with him saw what was coming, they said, Lord, may we not make use of our swords ? 50 And one of them gave a blow to the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51 But Jesus, answering, said, Put up with this, at least. And touching his ear, he made it well. 52 And Jesus said to the chief priests and the captains of the Temple and the rulers, who had come against him, Have you come out as against a thief, with swords and sticks ? 53 When I was in the Temple with you every day, your hands were not stretched out against me : but this is your hour, and the authority of the dark power.

22:54     And they made him a prisoner and took him away to the house of the high priest. But Peter went after them at a distance. 22:55 And a fire was lighted in the middle of the open square, and they were seated together, and Peter was among them. 56 And a certain woman-servant, seeing him in the light of the fire, and looking at him with attention, said, This man was with him. 57 But he said, Woman, it is not true ; I have no knowledge of him. 58 And after a little time, another saw him and said, You are one of them ; and he said, Man, I am not. 59 And after about an hour, another man said, with decision, Certainly this man was with him, for he is a Galilaean. 60 And Peter said, Man, I have no knowledge of these things of which you are talking. And straight away, while he was saying these words, there came the cry of a cock. 61 And the Lord, turning, gave Peter a look. And the words of the Lord came to Peter's mind, how he had said, This night, before the hour of the cock's cry, you will be false to me three times. 62 And he went out, weeping bitterly.

22:63     And the men in whose hands Jesus was, made sport of him and gave him blows. 64 And, covering his eyes, they said to him, Are you prophet enough to say who gave you that blow ? 65 And they said a number of other evil things against him.

22:66     And when it was day, the rulers of the people came together, with the chief priests and the scribes, and they took him before their Sanhedrin, saying, 67 If you are the Christ, say so. But he said, If I say so you will not have belief ; 68 And if I put a question to you, you will not give an answer. 69 But in the future the Son of man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God. 70 And they all said, Are you then the Son of God ? and he said, You say that I am. 71 And they said, What more need have we of witness ? we have the very words of his mouth.

LUKE, 23
The crucifixion

23:1     And they all went and took him before Pilate. 2 And they made statements against him, saying, This man has to our knowledge been teaching our nation to do wrong, and not to make payment of taxes to Caesar, even saying that he himself is Christ, a king. 3 And Pilate said to him, Are you the King of the Jews ? And he said in answer, You say so. 4 And Pilate said to the chief priests and the people, In my opinion this man has done no wrong. 5 But they became more violent than before, saying, He has made trouble among the people, teaching through all Judaea from Galilee to this place.

23:6     But at these words Pilate said, Is the man a Galilaean ? 7 And when he saw that he was under the authority of Herod, he sent him to Herod, who was in Jerusalem himself at that time. 8 Now when Herod saw Jesus he was very glad, having for a long time had a desire to see him, for he had had accounts of him, and was hoping to see some wonders done by him. 9 And he put a great number of questions to him, but he said nothing. 10 And the chief priests and the scribes were there, making statements against him violently. 11 And Herod, with the men of his army, put shame on him and made sport of him, and dressing him in shining robes, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And that day Herod and Pilate became friends with one another, for before they had been against one another.

23:13     And Pilate sent for the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, 14 You say that this man has been teaching the people evil things : now I, after going into the question before you, see nothing wrong in this man in connection with the things which you have said against him : 15 And Herod is of the same opinion, for he has sent him back to us ; for, you see, he has done nothing for which I might put him to death. 16 And so I will give him punishment and let him go. 23:17  

23:18     But with loud voices they said all together, Put this man to death, and make Barabbas free. 19 Now this man was in prison because of an attack against the government in the town, in which there had been loss of life. 20 And Pilate again said to them that it was his desire to let Jesus go free. 21 But crying out they said, To the cross with him ! 22 And he said to them a third time, Why, what evil has he done ? I see no reason for putting him to death : I will give him punishment and let him go. 23 But they went on crying out loudly, Let him be put to death on the cross. And they had their way. 24 And Pilate gave his decision for their desire to be put into effect. 25 And in answer to their request, he let that man go free who had been in prison for acting against the government and causing death, and Jesus he gave up to their pleasure.

23:26     And while they were taking him away, they put their hands on Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and made him take the cross after Jesus. 27 And a great band of people went after him, and of women making signs of grief and weeping for him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, let not your weeping be for me, but for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are coming in which they will say, Happy are those who have had no children, whose bodies have never given birth, whose breasts have never given milk. 30 And they will say to the mountains, Come down on us, and to the hills, Be a cover over us. 31 For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will they do when it is dry ?

23:32     And two others, evil-doers, were taken with him to be put to death. 33 And when they came to the place which is named Golgotha, they put him on the cross, and the evil-doers, one on the right side, and the other on the left. 34 And Jesus said, Father, let them have forgiveness, for they have no knowledge of what they are doing. And they made division of his clothing among them by the decision of chance. 35 And the people were looking on. And the rulers made sport of him, saying, He was a saviour of others ; let him do something for himself, if he is the Christ, the man of God's selection. 36 And the men of the army made sport of him, coming to him and giving him bitter wine, 37 And saying, If you are the King of the Jews, get yourself free. 38 And these words were put in writing over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

23:39     And one of the evil-doers on the cross, with bitter feeling, said to him, Are you not the Christ ? Get yourself and us out of this. 40 But the other, protesting, said, Have you no fear of God ? for you have a part in the same punishment, 41 And with reason ; for we have the right reward of our acts, but this man has done nothing wrong. 42 And he said, Jesus, keep me in mind when you come in your kingdom. 43 And he said to him, Truly I say to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise.

23:44     And it was now about the sixth hour ; and all the land was dark till the ninth hour ; 45 The light of the sun went out, and the curtain in the Temple was parted in two. 46 And Jesus gave a loud cry and said, Father, into your hands I give my spirit : and when he had said this, he gave up his spirit. 47 And when the captain saw what was done, he gave praise to God, saying, Without doubt this was an upright man. 48 And all the people who had come together to see it, when they saw the things which were done, went back again making signs of grief. 49 And all his friends and the women who came with him from Galilee, were waiting at a distance, watching these things.

23:50     Now there was a man named Joseph, a man of authority and a good and upright man 51 (He had not given his approval to their decision or their acts), of Arimathaea, a town of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God : 52 This man went to Pilate and made a request for the body of Jesus. 53 And he took it down, and folding it in a linen cloth, he put it in a place cut in the rock for a dead body ; and no one had ever been put in it. 54 Now it was the day of making ready and the Sabbath was coming on. 55 And the women who had come with him from Galilee went after him and saw the place and how his body had been put to rest ; 56 And they went back and got ready spices and perfumes.     On the Sabbath they took their rest, in agreement with the law.

LUKE, 24
The empty tomb

24:1     But on the first day of the week, at dawn, they came to the place where his body had been put, taking the spices which they had got ready. 2 And they saw that the stone had been rolled away. 3 And they went in, but the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. 4 And while they were in doubt about it, they saw two men in shining clothing by them : 5 And while their faces were bent down to the earth in fear, these said to them, Why are you looking for the living among the dead ? 6 He is not here, he has come back to life : have in mind what he said to you when he was still in Galilee, saying, 7 The Son of man will be given up into the hands of evil-doers, and be put to death on the cross, and on the third day he will come back to life. 8 And his words came back into their minds, 9 And they went away from that place and gave an account of all these things to the eleven disciples and all the others. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James : and the other women with them said these things to the Apostles. 11 But these words seemed foolish to them, and they had no belief in them. 12 But Peter got up and went to the place where the body had been put, and looking in he saw nothing but the linen cloths, and he went to his house full of wonder at what had taken place.

24:13     And then, two of them, on that very day, were going to a little town named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking together about all those things which had taken place. 15 And while they were talking and questioning together, Jesus himself came near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were not open that they might have knowledge of him. 17 And he said to them, What are you talking about together while you go ? 18 Then stopping, and looking sadly at him, one of them, named Cleopas, said to him, Are you the only man living in Jerusalem who has not had news of the things which have taken place there at this time ? 19 And he said to them, What things ? And they said, The things to do with Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, great in his acts and his words, before God and all the people : 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers gave him up to be put to death on the cross. 21 But we were hoping that he would be the Saviour of Israel. In addition to all this he has now let three days go by from the time when these things took place ; 22 And certain women among us gave us cause for wonder, for they went early to the place where his body had been put, 23 And it was not there ; then they came saying that they had seen a vision of angels who said that he was living. 24 And some of those who were with us went to the place, and saw that it was as the women had said, but him they did not see. 25 And he said, O foolish men ! how slow you are to give belief to what the prophets have said. 26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to go through these things, and to come into his glory ? 27 And he made clear to them all the things in the Writings, from Moses and from all the prophets, which had to do with himself.

24:28     And they came near the town to which they were going, and he seemed as if he was going on ; 29 But they kept him back, saying, Do not go, for evening is near, the day is almost gone. And he went in with them. 30 And when he was seated with them at table, he took the bread, and said words of blessing and, making division of it, he gave it to them. 31 And then their eyes were open, and they had knowledge of him, but he went from their view. 32 And they said to one another, Were not our hearts burning in us while he was talking to us on the way, making clear to us the holy Writings ? 33 And that very hour they got up and went back to Jerusalem, where the eleven and the others had come together. 34 And they said to them, The Lord has truly come back to life again, and Simon has seen him. 35 And they gave an account of the things which had taken place on the way, and how, when he gave them bread, they had knowledge of him.

24:36     And while they were saying these things, he himself was among them, and said to them, Peace be with you ! 37 But they were full of fear, being of the opinion that they were seeing a spirit. 38 And he said to them, Why are you troubled, and why are your hearts full of doubt ? 39 See; my hands and my feet : it is I myself; put your hands on me and make certain ; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have. 40 And when he had said this, he let them see his hands and his feet. 41 And because, for joy and wonder, they were still in doubt, he said to them, Have you any food here ? 42 And they gave him a bit of cooked fish. 43 And before their eyes he took a meal.

24:44     And he said to them, These are the words which I said to you when I was still with you, how it was necessary for all the things which are in the writings of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms about me, to be put into effect. 45 Then he made the holy Writings clear to their minds. 46 And he said to them, So it is in the Writings that the Christ would undergo death, and come back to life again on the third day ; 47 And that teaching about a change of heart and forgiveness of sins is to be given to Jerusalem first and to all nations in his name. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And now I will send to you what my father has undertaken to give you, but do not go from the town, till the power from heaven comes to you.

24:50     And he took them out till they were near Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he gave them a blessing. 51 And while he was doing so, he went from them and was taken up into heaven. 52 And they gave him worship and went back to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they were in the Temple at all times, giving praise to God.

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