14 “So when you see the destructive desecration standing where it should not be (let the reader take note),[a]then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.15 Anyone who’s on his housetop must not come down and go into his house to take anything out of it,16 and the one who’s in the field must not turn back to get his coat.
17 “How terrible it will be for women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days!18 Pray that it may not be in winter,19 because those days will be a time of suffering,[b]a kind that has not happened from the beginning of creation—which God himself created—until now, and certainly will never happen again.20 If the Lord had not shortened those days, no one[c]would survive. But for the sake of the elect whom he has chosen, he has shortened those days.
21 “At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look here! The Messiah!’,[d]or, ‘Look there!’ don’t believe it,22 because false messiahs[e] and false prophets will have arisen and will produce signs and omens intending to deceive, if possible, the elect.23 So be on your guard! I’ve told you everything beforehand.”
20 “So when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then understand that its devastation is approaching.21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, those inside the city must leave it, and those in the countryside must not go into it,22 because these are the days of vengeance when all that is written will be fulfilled.
23 “How terrible it will be for those women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days!—because there will be great distress in the land[a]and wrath against this people.24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be carried off as captives among all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled on by unbelievers[b] until the times of the unbelievers[c] are fulfilled.”
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