Matthew 25
Berean Literal Bible

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

1Then the kingdom of the heavens will be likened to ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were foolish, and five wise. 3For the foolish, having taken their lamps, took no oil with them; 4but the wise took oil in vessels with their lamps. 5And the bridegroom tarrying, they all became drowsy and were sleeping.

6And at the middle of the night, there was a cry: ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Go forth to meet him!’

7Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’

9And the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest it might not suffice for us and you. Go rather to those selling, and buy for yourselves.’

10And while they are going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those ready went in with him to the wedding feast. And the door was shut.

11And afterward, the other virgins come also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’

12And answering he said, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’

13Therefore watch, for you do not know the day, nor the hour.a

The Parable of the Talents
(Luke 19:11-27)

14For it is like a man going on a journey who called his own servants and delivered his possessing to them. 15And indeed to one he gave five talents;b and to one, two; and to one, one; to each according to his own ability. And he left the region immediately.

16The one having received the five talents, having gone, traded with them, and made five more. 17Likewise, the one with the two gained two more. 18But the one having received the one talent, having gone away, dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19And after much time, the master of those servants comes and takes account with them. 20And the one having received the five talents, having come, brought to him five other talents, saying, ‘Master, you did deliver to me five talents. Behold, I have gained five talents more.’

21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’

22And the one with the two talents, also having come said, ‘Master, you did deliver to me two talents. Behold, I have gained two talents more.’

23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’

24And the one having received the one talent, having come, also 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. 25And having been afraid, having gone away, I hid your talent in the ground. Behold, you have what is yours.’

26And his master answering, said to him, ‘Wicked and lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather from where I did not scatter. 27Therefore it behooved you to put my money to the bankers, and having come, I would have received my own with interest.

28Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to the one having the ten talents. 29For to everyone having will be given, and he will have in abundance. But the one not having, even that which he has will be taken away from him. 30And cast out the worthless servant, into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Sheep and the Goats

31And when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His throne of glory. 32And all the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And indeed He will set the sheep on His right hand, and the goats on His left.

34Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, those being blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom having been prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I hungered, and you gave Me to eat; I thirsted, and you gave Me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’

37Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungering, and fed You? Or thirsting, and gave You to drink? 38And when did we see You a stranger, and took You in? Or naked, and clothed You? 39And when did we see You ailing or in prison, and came to You?’

40And the King answering, will say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did it to Me.’

41Then also He will say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, those being cursed, into the eternal fire, having been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I hungered, and you gave to Me nothing to eat; and I thirsted, and You gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger, and You did not take Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’

44Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?’

45Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, neither did you to Me.’

46And these will go away into eternal punishment; but the righteous into eternal life.”

a 13 BYZ and TR include when the Son of man comes
b 15 A talent was worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer

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