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Matthew 24:29-30

The Arrival of the Son of Man

24:29 “Immediately 1  after the suffering 2  of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 3  24:30 Then 4  the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, 5  and 6  all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They 7  will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven 8  with power and great glory.

1 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

2 tn Traditionally, “tribulation.”

3 sn An allusion to Isa 13:10, 34:4 (LXX); Joel 2:10. The heavens were seen as the abode of heavenly forces, so their shaking indicates distress in the spiritual realm. Although some take the powers as a reference to bodies in the heavens (like stars and planets, “the heavenly bodies,” NIV) this is not as likely.

4 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.

5 tn Or “in the sky”; the Greek word οὐρανός (ouranos) may be translated “sky” or “heaven,” depending on the context.

6 tn Here τότε (tote, “then”) has not been translated to avoid redundancy in English.

7 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.

8 sn An allusion to Dan 7:13. Here is Jesus returning with full authority to judge.

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