Matthew 251 Then will the kingdom of heaven be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom: and five of them were wise, 2 and five were foolish. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels as well as in their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom stayed, they were all drowsy and fell asleep: 6 and in the middle of the night there was a cry, The bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him. 7 Then all the virgins rose up and trimmed their lamps: 8 and the foolish ones said to the wise, Give us of your oil, for our lamps are going out: 9 but the wise answered them, saying, Least there should not be enough for us and you, go rather to them that sell it, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with him to the wedding-feast, and then the door was shut. 11 Afterwards came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us: 12 but he answered them, Verily I declare unto you, I do not know you. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know not the day, nor the season in which the Son of man cometh. 14 For as a man, who was going to travel abroad, called his servants, and delivered to them his stock: and to one he gave five talents, 15 to another two, and to another one; to each according to his ability: and then he took his journey. 16 Now he that had received the five talents, went and traded with them, and gained other five talents: 17 and likewise he that had the two, he also gained two more: 18 but he who had received the one, went and digged in the earth, and hid his master's money: 19 and after some time the lord of those servants cometh and settleth his account with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came and brought to him five talents more, saying, Sir, thou deliveredst to me five talents, behold I have gained other five talents to them: 21 and his lord said to him, Well done, my good and trusty servant, thou hast been faithful in a few things, I will set thee over many, enter into thy master's joy. 22 And he also who had received the two talents came to him and said, Lord, thou deliveredst to me two talents, behold I have gained two other talents with them: 23 his lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful in a few things, I will set thee over many, enter into the joy of thy lord. 24 And he also who received the one talent came to him and said, Sir, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou sowedst not, and gathering where thou hast not strewed; 25 and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the ground; behold, there is thine own: 26 but his lord answered and said to him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed; 27 thou oughtest then to have put my money to the bankers, and when I came I should have received my own with interest. 28 Take ye therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that hath the ten talents; 29 (for to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound; but from him that hath not, even what he hath, or seemeth to have, shall be taken away:) 30 and cast out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 31 So when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon his glorious throne: 32 and all nations shall be assembled before Him; and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats: 33 and He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left. 34 Then will the king say to them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was famishing, and ye gave me food; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; 36 I was naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye took care of me; I was in prison, and ye visited me. 37 Then will the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 and when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? 39 or naked, and clothed thee? and when did we see thee sick, or in prison, and visited thee? 40 And the king replying will say unto them, Verily I declare unto you, inasmuch as ye did it to one of the lest of these my brethren, ye did it to me. 41 Then will He say also to those on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was famishing, and ye gave me nothing to eat; I was a-thirst, and ye gave me no drink; 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye took no care of me. 44 Then will they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee famishing, or a-thirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not relieve thee? 45 Then will He reply to them, saying, Verily I tell you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the lest of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life everlasting.
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