The Parable of the Ten Virgins1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like a ten virgins who took their lamps ▼
▼ Or torchesand went to meet c the bridegroom. ▼
▼ Some manuscripts add and the bride2 Five of them were foolish, and five were e wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom f was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But g at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and h trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and i those who were ready went in with him to j the marriage feast, and k the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying l ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 m But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you n I do not know you.’ 13 o Watch therefore, for you p know neither the day nor the hour.
The Parable of the Talents14 q “For r it will be like a man s going on a journey, who called his servants ▼
▼ Greek bondservants; also verse 19and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five u talents ▼
▼ A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborerto another two, to another one w to each according to his ability. Then he x went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and y dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now z after a long time the master of those servants came and aa settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and ab faithful servant. ▼
▼ Greek bondservant; also verses 23, 26, 30ad You have been faithful over a little; ae I will set you over much. Enter into af the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be ag a hard man, reaping ah where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here ai you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You aj wicked and ak slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 al For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And am cast an the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place ao there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The Final Judgment31 ap “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him aq then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him ar will be gathered as all the nations, and at he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates au the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then av the King will say to aw those on his right, ‘Come, you ax who are blessed by my Father ay inherit az the kingdom ba prepared for you bb from the foundation of the world. 35 For bc I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you bd gave me drink be I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 bf I was naked and you clothed me bg I was sick and you bh visited me bi I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And bj the King will answer them bk ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these bl my brothers ▼
▼ Or brothers and sistersyou did it to me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left bn ‘Depart from me, you bo cursed, into bp the eternal fire prepared for bq the devil and his angels. 42 For br I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these bs you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away bt into eternal punishment, but the righteous bu into bv eternal life.”
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