13:14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation 1 standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee 2 to the mountains. 13:15 The one on the roof 3 must not come down or go inside to take anything out of his house. 4 13:16 The one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 13:17 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! 13:18 Pray that it may not be in winter. 13:19 For in those days there will be suffering 5 unlike anything that has happened 6 from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, or ever will happen. 13:20 And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved. But because of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut them 7 short.
1 sn The reference to the abomination of desolation is an allusion to Dan 9:27. Though some have seen the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy in the actions of Antiochus IV (or a representative of his) in 167
3 sn Most of the roofs in the NT were flat roofs made of pounded dirt, sometimes mixed with lime or stones, supported by heavy wooden beams. They generally had an easy means of access, either a sturdy wooden ladder or stone stairway, sometimes on the outside of the house.
4 sn The nature of the judgment coming upon them will be so quick and devastating that one will not have time to come down or go inside to take anything out of his house. It is best just to escape as quickly as possible.
5 tn Traditionally, “tribulation.”
6 sn Suffering unlike anything that has happened. Some refer this event to the destruction of Jerusalem in
7 tn Grk “the days.”