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Wise Bridesmaids Will Keep Watch And Stay Prepared For The Coming of The Groom

25 “At-that-time[a], the kingdom of the heavens will be-like ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps[b], went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For the foolish ones, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them. But the wise ones took oil in jars with their lamps. And while the bridegroom was delaying, they all became drowsy and were sleeping. And in the middle of the night, a shout has come— ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and put their lamps in-order. And the foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us from your oil, because our lamps are going-out[c]’. But the wise ones responded, saying, ‘There will not by any means ever[d] be enough for us and for you. Go instead to the ones selling and buy for yourselves’. 10 And while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came. And the prepared ones entered with him into the wedding-celebrations. And the door was shut. 11 And later, the other virgins also come, saying, ‘Sir, sir, open for us’. 12 But the one, having responded, said, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know[e] you’. 13 Therefore, keep-watching, because you do not know the day nor the hour.

Wise Servants Will Put Their Talents To Work For The Master While He Is Gone

14 “For it [f] is just like a man going-on-a-journey— he called his own slaves and handed over his possessions to them. 15 And he gave five talents[g] to one, and two to another, and one to another— to each according to his own ability. And he went on his journey. 16 Immediately[h] having gone, the one having received the five talents worked with them and gained another five. 17 Similarly, the one having received the two talents gained another two. 18 But the one having received the one talent, having gone, dug [a hole in] the ground and hid his master’s silver talent. 19 Now after much time, the master of those slaves comes and settles the account with them. 20 And having come to him, the one having received the five talents brought another five talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed-over five talents to me. Look, I gained another five talents’. 21 His master said to him, ‘Well[i] done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things. I will put you in charge over many things. Enter into the joy of your master’. 22 And also having come to him, the one having received the two talents said, ‘Master, you handed over two talents to me. Look, I gained another two talents’. 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things. I will put you in charge over many things. Enter into the joy of your master’. 24 And also having come to him, the one having received[j] the one talent said, ‘Master, I knew you— that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering from where you did not scatter[k] [threshings]. 25 And having become afraid, having gone, I hid your talent in the ground. Look, you have what is yours’. 26 But having responded, his master said to him, ‘Evil and lazy slave! You knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather from where I did not scatter[l]! 27 Therefore you should-have put my money with the bankers. And having come, I would have received-back what was mine with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent away from him, and give it to the one having the ten talents. 29 For to everyone having, it will be given, and he will be caused-to-abound. But from the one not having, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30 And throw-out the unprofitable[m] slave into the outer darkness’. In that place, there will be the weeping and the grinding of teeth.

When The King Comes In Glory, Mankind Will Be Sent To Their Eternal Destinies

31 “Now when[n] the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, at-that-time He will sit on the throne[o] of His glory, 32 and all the nations will be gathered in front of Him. And He will separate them[p] from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And He will make the sheep stand[q] on His right side, and the goats on the left side. 34 Then the King will say to the ones on His right side, ‘Come, the ones having been blessed of [r] My Father— inherit the kingdom having been prepared for you since the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat. I thirsted, and you gave-a-drink-to Me. I was a stranger, and you brought[s] Me in; 36 naked[t], and you clothed Me. I was sick, and you looked-after Me. I was in prison, and you came to Me’. 37 Then the righteous ones will respond to Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungering and we fed You, or thirsting and we gave-a-drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger and we brought You in, or naked and we clothed You? 39 And when did we see You being sick or in prison and we came to You?’ 40 And having responded, the King will say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, in-as-much-as[u] you did it to one of the least of these My brothers[v], you did it to Me’. 41 Then He will also say to the ones on the left side, ‘Depart from Me, the ones having been cursed, into the eternal fire having been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry, and you did not give Me something to eat. I thirsted, and you did not give-a-drink-to Me. 43 I was a stranger, and you did not bring Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not look after Me’. 44 Then they also will respond, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and we did not serve You?’ 45 Then He will respond to them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, in as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, neither did you do it to Me’. 46 And these will go to eternal punishment, but the righteous ones to eternal life”.

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 25:1 That is, when Jesus comes unexpectedly.
  2. Matthew 25:1 Or, torches.
  3. Matthew 25:8 Or, being quenched.
  4. Matthew 25:9 There will not by any means ever be enough. Or, No! There will by no means be enough.
  5. Matthew 25:12 Thus they were also foolish because they thought of themselves as friends of the bridegroom, yet he did not even know them.
  6. Matthew 25:14 That is, the kingdom of the heavens, v 1. Or, For He, the Son of Man.
  7. Matthew 25:15 One silver talent was equivalent to 6000 denarii, 6000 days wages for a laborer. This large sum of money represents our individual gifts and abilities, spiritual and natural.
  8. Matthew 25:16 journey. Immediately having gone. Or, journey immediately. Having gone.
  9. Matthew 25:21 Or, It is good; or, Excellent!
  10. Matthew 25:24 This is a different tense of this word, implying here ‘having received and still having’.
  11. Matthew 25:24 Or, winnow. Or, scatter [seed], repeating the previous statement. This one did nothing with what he was given, and seeks to excuse himself by blaming it on the master— Because you are the way you are, I did not invest what you gave me.
  12. Matthew 25:26 scatter! Therefore. Or, scatter? Then.
  13. Matthew 25:30 Or, worthless, useless, good-for-nothing. He brought no gain to the master.
  14. Matthew 25:31 Jesus returns to where He left off in 24:31.
  15. Matthew 25:31 Or, His throne of glory; or, His glorious throne.
  16. Matthew 25:32 Grammatically this does not refer to ‘nations’, but to the people in the nations, who are referred to next as sheep and goats.
  17. Matthew 25:33 Or, put the sheep, set the sheep.
  18. Matthew 25:34 That is, by.
  19. Matthew 25:35 Or, took Me with you; that is, into your house or with you on your way. Or, gathered Me in with yourself; that is, to help Me.
  20. Matthew 25:36 That is, without adequate clothing.
  21. Matthew 25:40 Or, to the extent that, in so far as.
  22. Matthew 25:40 That is, family-members.