15 He swallows wealth but must vomit it up;
God will force it from his stomach.

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18 He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming it;
he doesn’t enjoy the profits from his trading.

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Wealth and riches are in his house,(A)
and his righteousness endures forever.(B)

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Idle hands make one poor,
but diligent hands bring riches.(A)

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20 A faithful person will have many blessings,(A)
but one in a hurry to get rich(B)
will not go unpunished.

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins[a] who took their lamps[b] and went out to meet the groom.(A) Five of them were foolish and five were wise.(B) When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take oil with them; but the wise ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps. When the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“In the middle of the night there was a shout: ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him.’

“Then all the virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’

“The wise ones answered, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Go instead to those who sell oil, and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.(C) 11 Later the rest of the virgins also came and said, ‘Master, master, open up for us!’

12 “He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you!’

13 “Therefore be alert, because you don’t know either the day or the hour.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. 25:1 Or bridesmaids
  2. 25:1 Or torches, also in vv. 3,4,7,8
  3. 25:13 Other mss add in which the Son of Man is coming.

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