Short days (Mt 24:22-24:22)

“If those days

Had not been

Cut short,

No one

Would be saved.

But for the sake

Of the elect,

Those days

Will be cut short.”


καὶ εἰ μὴ ἐκολοβώθησαν αἱ ἡμέραι ἐκεῖναι, οὐκ ἂν ἐσώθη πᾶσα σάρξ· διὰ δὲ τοὺς ἐκλεκτοὺς κολοβωθήσονται αἱ ἡμέραι ἐκεῖναι.


There is something similar in Mark, chapter 13:20, but not in Luke.  Jesus said that if those days had not been cut short (καὶ εἰ μὴ ἐκολοβώθησαν αἱ ἡμέραι ἐκεῖναι), no one would be saved (οὐκ ἂν ἐσώθη πᾶσα σάρξ).  However, for the sake of the elect or chosen ones (διὰ δὲ τοὺς ἐκλεκτοὺς), those days will be cut short (κολοβωθήσονται αἱ ἡμέραι ἐκεῖναι).  There will be less suffering at the end times because God does not want his chosen elected ones to suffer too much.