The parable of the ten virgins; and of the talents, which a king distributed among his servants, to be improved by them. A description of the last judgment.
1 THEN ashall bthe kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten cvirgins, which took their lamps, and went forth dto meet the bridegroom.
2 eAnd five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish ftook their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 gBut the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 hWhile the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 iAnd at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; jgo ye out to meet him.
7 kThen all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for lour lamps are 1gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to mthem that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, nthe bridegroom came; oand they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: pand the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, qLord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, *Verily I say unto you, rI know you not.
- *: Verily-surely, truly.
- r: Mat. 7:23
13 sWatch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
14 ¶tFor the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; uto every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents vwent and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and wdigged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 xAfter a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: ybehold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, zWell done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, aI will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received btwo talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, cWell done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
- c: Mat. 25:21
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, dLord, eI knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not *strawed:
25 And I was fafraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not *strawed:
- *: strawed-scattered.
27 gThou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the *exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with *usury.
28 hTake therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 iFor unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not jshall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 kAnd cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 ¶lWhen the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the mholy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him nshall be gathered oall nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a pshepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 qAnd he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 rThen shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit sthe kingdom prepared for you tfrom the foundation of the world:
35 uFor I was *an hungred, and ye gave me *meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye vvisited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
- v: Ja. 1:27
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee *an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
- *: an hungred-hungry.
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, *Verily I say unto you, wInasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, xDepart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and yhis angels:
42 zFor I was *an hungred, and ye gave me no *meat: I was thirsty, 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 visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee *an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
- *: an hungred-hungry.
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, *Verily I say unto you, aInasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.