No One Knows That Day and Hour

36 “But concerning that day and hour (A)no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, (B)nor the Son,[a] (C)but the Father only. 37 (D)For as were the days of Noah, (E)so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 (F)For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, (G)marrying and giving in marriage, until (H)the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, (I)so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 (J)Two women will be grinding (K)at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, (L)stay awake, for you do not know on what day (M)your Lord is coming. 43 (N)But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night (O)the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be (P)ready, for (Q)the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is (R)the faithful and (S)wise servant,[b] whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 (T)Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, (U)he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master (V)is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants[c] and eats and drinks with (W)drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come (X)on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place (Y)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 24:36 Some manuscripts omit nor the Son
  2. Matthew 24:45 Or bondservant; also verses 46, 48, 50
  3. Matthew 24:49 Or bondservants

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like (A)ten virgins who took their lamps[a] and went to meet (B)the bridegroom.[b] Five of them were foolish, and five were (C)wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom (D)was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But (E)at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and (F)trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 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 (G)those who were ready went in with him to (H)the marriage feast, and (I)the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, (J)‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 (K)But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, (L)I do not know you.’ 13 (M)Watch therefore, for you (N)know neither the day nor the hour.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 25:1 Or torches
  2. Matthew 25:1 Some manuscripts add and the bride

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