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[a]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.’
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