Bishops' Bible

Matthew 24

Christ foretelleth the destruction of the Temple:

Matthew 24:1 And Iesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to hym, for to shewe hym the buildynges of the temple. Matthew 24:2 Iesus sayde vnto them: See ye not all these thynges? Ueryly I say vnto you there shall not be here left [one] stone vpon another, that shall not be destroyed.

what and how great calamities shall be before it:

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat vpon a mount of Oliues, his disciples came vnto hym secretly, saying: Tell vs, when shall these thynges be? & what shall be the token of thy commyng, & of the ende of the worlde? Matthew 24:4 And Iesus aunswered, and sayde vnto them: take heede, that no man deceaue you. Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christe: and shall deceaue many. Matthew 24:6 Ye shal heare of warres, & rumours of warres: See that you be not troubled. For all [these thynges] must come to passe, but the ende is not yet. Matthew 24:7 Nation shall ryse agaynst nation, and realme agaynst realme: and there shalbe pestilence, and famine, and earthquakes, in [certayne] places. Matthew 24:8 All these are the begynnynges of sorowes. Matthew 24:9 Then shall they put you to trouble, and shall kyll you, and ye shalbe hated of all nations for my names sake. Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Matthew 24:11 And many false prophetes shall aryse, and shall deceaue many. Matthew 24:12 And because iniquitie shall abounde, the loue of many shall waxe colde. Matthew 24:13 But he that endureth to the ende, the same shalbe saued. Matthew 24:14 And this Gospell of the kyngdome, shalbe preached in all the worlde, for a witnesse vnto all nations: and then shall the ende come. Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore, shall see the abhomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophete, stande in the holy place, (who so readeth, let hym vnderstande.) Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Iurie, flee into the mountaynes: Matthew 24:17 And let hym which is on the house toppe, not come downe to fet any thyng out of his house: Matthew 24:18 Neither let hym which is in the fielde, returne backe to fetche his clothes. Matthew 24:19 Wo shalbe in those dayes, to them that are with chylde, and to them that geue sucke. Matthew 24:20 But pray [ye] that your flyght be not in the Winter, neither on the Sabboth day: Matthew 24:21 For then shalbe great tribulation, such as was not since the begynnyng of the worlde, to this tyme, nor shalbe. Matthew 24:22 Yea, and except those dayes shoulde be shortened, there shoulde no fleshe be saued: but for the chosens sake, those dayes shalbe shortened. Matthew 24:23 Then yf any man saye vnto you: lo, here is Christe, or there: beleue it not. Matthew 24:24 For there shall aryse false Christes, and false prophetes, and shall shewe great signes, and wonders: In so much, that yf it were possible, the very elect, shoulde be deceaued. Matthew 24:25 Beholde, I haue tolde you before. Matthew 24:26 Wherfore, yf they say vnto you, beholde, he is in the desert: go not foorth. Beholde, he is in the secrete places: beleue it not. Matthew 24:27 For as the lyghtnyng commeth out of the east, and shineth into the west: so shall the commyng of the sonne of man be. Matthew 24:28 For whersoeuer a dead carkas is, euen there wyll the Egles also be gathered together.

the signs of his coming to judgment.

Matthew 24:29 Immediatly after the tribulation of those dayes, shal the sunne be darkened, and the moone shall not geue her lyght, and the starres shall fall from heauen, and the powers of heauen shalbe shaken. Matthew 24:30 And then shall appeare the signe of the sonne of man, in heauen: And then shall all the kynredes of the earth mourne, and they shall see the sonne of man comming in the cloudes of heauen, with power and great glory. Matthew 24:31 And he shall sende his Angels, with the great sounde of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his chosen, from the foure wyndes, euen from one ende of heauen, to the other. Matthew 24:32 Learne a parable of the fygge tree: when his braunche is yet tender, and the leaues sprong, ye knowe that somer is nye: Matthew 24:33 So lykewyse ye, when ye see all these thynges, be ye sure that it is neare, euen at the doores. Matthew 24:34 Ueryly I say vnto you: this generation shall not passe, tyll all these thynges be fulfylled. Matthew 24:35 Heauen and earth shall passe away but my wordes shall not passe away.

And because that day and hour is unknown,

Matthew 24:36 But of that day and houre knoweth no man, no not the Angels of heauen, but my father only. Matthew 24:37 But as the dayes of Noe were, so shall also the commyng of the sonne of man be. Matthew 24:38 For as in the dayes [that went] before the fludde, they dyd eate, and drynke, marry, and geue in maryage, euen vntyll the day that Noe entred into the Arke: Matthew 24:39 And knewe not, tyll the fludde came, and toke them all away: So shall also the commyng of the sonne of man be. Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the fielde, the one receaued, and the other refused. Matthew 24:41 Two [women] shalbe gryndyng at the myll, the one receaued, and the other refused.

we ought to watch like good servants, expecting every moment our master's coming.

Matthew 24:42 Watch therfore, for ye knowe not what houre your Lorde doth come. Matthew 24:43 Of this yet be sure, that yf the good man of the house, knewe what watche the thiefe woulde come, he woulde surely watche, and not suffer his house to be broken vp. Matthew 24:44 Therfore, be ye also redy: for in such an houre as ye thynke not, the sonne of man commeth. Matthew 24:45 Who is a faythfull and wise seruaunt, whom his Lorde hath made ruler ouer his householde, to geue them meate in season. Matthew 24:46 Blessed is that seruaunt, whom his Lorde when he commeth, shall fynde so doyng. Matthew 24:47 Ueryly I say vnto you, that he shall make hym ruler ouer all his goodes. Matthew 24:48 But and yf that euyll seruaunt say in his heart, my Lorde wyll be long a commyng: Matthew 24:49 And so begyn to smyte his felowes, yea, and to eate and drynke with the dronken: Matthew 24:50 The same seruauntes Lorde shall come in a day, when he loketh not for hym, and in an houre that he is not ware of: Matthew 24:51 And shall hewe hym in peeces, & geue hym his portion with hypocrites: there shalbe wepyng and gnasshyng of teeth.

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