45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food[a]in due season?46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.47 Assuredly, I say to you thathe will make him ruler over all his goods.48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My masteris delaying[b]his coming,’49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he isnot aware of,51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites.There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meetthe bridegroom.2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.5 But while the bridegroom was delayed,they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnighta cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom[c]is coming; go out to meet him!’7 Then all those virgins arose andtrimmed their lamps.8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; andthe door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying,‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you,I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for youknow neither the day nor the hour[d]in which the Son of Man is coming.
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