Parable of Ten Virgins
1 "Then the R930 kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps R931 and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 "Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. R932 3 "For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent R933 took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5 "Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 "But at midnight there was a shout, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7 "Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 "The foolish said to the prudent, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9 "But the prudent R934 answered, `No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 10 "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready R935 went in with him to the R936 wedding feast; and the R937 door was shut. 11 "Later the other virgins also came, saying, `Lord, R938 lord, open up for us.' 12 "But he answered, `Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 "Be R939 on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
Parable of the Talents
14 "For R940 it is just like a man about R941 to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 "To one he gave five talents, R942 F549 to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went R943 on his journey. 16 "Immediately the one who had received the five talents R944 went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17 "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's F550 money.
19 "Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled R945 accounts with them. 20 "The one who had received the five talents R946 came up and brought five more talents, saying, `Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.' 21 "His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful R947 slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put R948 you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' F551
22 "Also the one who had received the two talents R949 came up and said, `Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.' 23 "His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful R950 slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
24 "And the one also who had received the one talent R951 came up and said, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 `And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'
26 "But his master answered and said to him, `You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 `Then you ought to have put my money in F552 the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 `Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'
29 "For R952 to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 "Throw out the worthless slave into the R953 outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 "But when the R954 Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He R955 will sit on His glorious throne. 32 "All the nations will be gathered R956 before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as R957 the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on R958 His right, and the goats on R959 the left.
34 "Then the King will say to those on His right, `Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit R960 the kingdom prepared for you from R961 the foundation of the world. 35 `For I R962 was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I R963 was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, R964 and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited R965 Me; I R966 was in prison, and you came to Me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, `Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 `And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 `When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 "The R967 King will answer and say to them, `Truly I say to you, to R968 the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
41 "Then He will also say to those on His left, `Depart R969 from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal R970 fire which has been prepared for the R971 devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.' 44 "Then they themselves also will answer, `Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take F553 care of You?' 45 "Then He will answer them, `Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' 46 "These will go away into eternal R972 punishment, but the righteous into eternal R973 life."
F549: A talent was worth about fifteen years' wages of a laborer
F550: Or lord's
F551: Or lord
F552: Lit to the bankers
F553: Or serve
R930: Matthew 13:24
R931: John 18:3; Acts 20:8; Revelation 4:5; 8:10
R932: Matthew 7:24; 10:16; 25:2ff
R933: Matthew 7:24; 10:16; 25:2ff
R934: Matthew 7:24; 10:16; 25:2ff
R935: Matthew 24:42ff
R936: Luke 12:35f
R937: Matthew 7:21ff; Luke 13:25
R938: Matthew 7:21ff; Luke 13:25
R939: Matthew 24:42ff
R940: Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27
R941: Matthew 21:33
R942: Matthew 18:24; Luke 19:13
R943: Matthew 21:33
R944: Matthew 18:24; Luke 19:13
R945: Matthew 18:23
R946: Matthew 18:24; Luke 19:13
R947: Matthew 24:45,47; 25:23
R948: Luke 12:44; 22:29; Revelation 3:21; 21:7
R949: Matthew 18:24; Luke 19:13
R950: Matthew 24:45,47; 25:21
R951: Matthew 18:24; Luke 19:13
R952: Matthew 13:12; Mark 4:25; Luke 8:18; John 15:2
R953: Matthew 8:12; 22:13; Luke 13:28
R954: Matthew 16:27f; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Hebrews 9:28; Jude 1:14; Revelation 1:7
R955: Matthew 19:28
R956: Matthew 13:49; 2 Corinthians 5:10
R957: Ezekiel 34:17,20
R958: 1 Kings 2:19; Psalms 45:9
R959: Ecclesiastes 10:2
R960: Matthew 5:3; 19:29; Luke 12:32; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 15:50; Galatians 5:21; James 2:5
R961: Matthew 13:35; Luke 11:50; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 4:3; 9:26; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8; 17:8
R962: Isaiah 58:7; Ezekiel 18:7,16; James 2:15,16
R963: Job 1:31:32; Hebrews 13:2
R964: Isaiah 58:7; Ezekiel 18:7,16; James 2:15,16
R965: James 1:27
R966: 2 Timothy 1:16f
R967: Matthew 25:34; Luke 19:38; Revelation 17:14; 19:16
R968: Proverbs 19:17; Matthew 10:42; Hebrews 6:10
R969: Matthew 7:23
R970: Mark 9:48; Luke 16:24; Jude 1:7
R971: Matthew 4:10; Revelation 12:9
R972: Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Acts 24:15
R973: Matthew 19:29; John 3:15f,36; 5:24; 6:27,40,47,54; 17:2f; Acts 13:46,48; Romans 2:7; 5:21; 6:23; Galatians 6:8; 1 John 5:11