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Matthew 24:29

Context
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 

Matthew 24:35

Context
24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 4 

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 sn The words that Jesus predicts here will never pass away. They are more stable and lasting than creation itself. For this kind of image, see Isa 40:8; 55:10-11.



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