Simon Cephas Said unto Him, Our Lord, is it to us that Thou Hast Spoken...
[1] [2947] Simon Cephas said unto him, Our Lord, is it to us that thou hast spoken this [2] parable, or also to every man? [2948] Jesus said unto him, Who, thinkest thou, is the servant, the master of the house, [2949] trusted with control, [2950] whom his lord set over his [3] household, to give them their food in its season? [2951] Blessed is that servant, whom his [4] lord shall come and find having done so. [2952] Verily I say unto you, He will set him [5] over all that he hath. [2953] But if that evil servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his [6] coming; [2954] and shall begin to beat his servants and the maidservants of his lord, and [7] shall begin to eat and to drink with the drunken; [2955] the lord of that servant shall come [8] in the day that he thinketh not, and in the hour that he knoweth not, [2956] and shall [Arabic, p.163] judge him, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites, [2957] and with those that are not faithful: [2958] there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

[9] [2959] Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like unto ten virgins, those that took their [10] lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom and the bride. [2960] Five of them were [11] wise, and five foolish. [2961] And those foolish ones took their lamps, and took not with [12, 13] them oil: [2962] but those wise ones took oil in vessels along with their lamps. [2963] When then [14] the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept. [2964] But in the middle of the night there occurred a cry, Behold, the bridegroom cometh! Go forth therefore to [15, 16] meet him. [2965] Then all those virgins arose, and made ready their lamps. [2966] The foolish [17] said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. [2967] But those wise answered and said, Perhaps [2968] there will not be enough for us and you: but go ye to [18] the sellers, and buy for yourselves. [2969] And when they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and those that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and [19] the door was shut. [2970] And at last those other virgins also came and said, Our Lord, [20] our Lord, open unto us. [2971] He answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, [21] I know you not. [2972] Watch then, for ye know not that day nor that hour.

[22] [2973] It is as a man, who went on a journey, and called his servants, and delivered unto [23] them his possessions. [2974] And unto one he gave five talents, [2975] and another two, and another [24] one; every one according to his strength; and went on his journey forthwith. [2976] He [Arabic, p.164] then that received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained [26] other five. [2977] And so also he of the two gained other two. [2978] But he that received [27] the one went and digged in the earth, and hid the money of his lord. [2979] And after a long time the lord of those servants came, and took from them the account. [28] [2980] And he that received five talents came near and brought other five, and said, My lord, thou gavest me five talents: lo, I have gained other five in addition to them. [29] [2981] His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: over a little hast [30] thou been faithful, over much will I set thee: enter into the joy of thy lord. [2982] And he that had the two came near and said, My lord, thou gavest me two talents: lo, [31] other two have I gained in addition to them. [2983] His lord said unto him, Good, [2984] thou faithful servant: over a little hast thou been faithful, over much will I set thee: enter [32] into the joy of thy lord. [2985] And he also that received the one talent came forward and said, My lord, I knew thee that thou art a severe man, who reapest where thou [33] sowest not, and gatherest where thou didst not scatter: [2986] and so I was afraid, and [34] went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast what is thine. [2987] His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest me [35] that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter; [2988] it was incumbent on thee to put my money to the bank, [2989] and then I should come and seek it with its [36] gains. [2990] Take now from him the talent, and give it to him that hath ten talents. [37] [2991] Whosoever hath shall be given, and he shall have more: but he that hath not, even [38] [Arabic, p.165] what he hath shall be taken from him. [2992] And the unprofitable servant, put him forth into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.

[39, 40] [2993] Your loins shall be girded, and your lamps lit; [2994] and ye shall be like the people that are looking for their lord, when he shall return from the feast; so that, when [41] he cometh and knocketh, they may at once open unto him. [2995] Blessed are those servants, whom their lord shall come and find attentive: verily I say unto you, that he will gird his waist, and make them sit down, and pass through [2996] them and serve [42] them. [2997] And if he come in the second watch, or the third, and find thus, blessed are those servants.

[43] [2998] But when the Son of man cometh in his glory, and all his pure angels with him, [44] then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: [2999] and he will gather before him all the nations, and separate them the one from the other, like the shepherd who separateth [45] the sheep from the goats; [3000] and will set [3001] the sheep on his right, and the goats on his [46] left. [3002] Then shall the King say to those that are at his right, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundations [3003] of the world: [47] [3004] I hungered, and ye gave me to eat; and I thirsted, and ye gave me to drink; and I [48] was a stranger, and ye took me in; [3005] and I was naked, and ye clothed me; and I [49] was sick, and ye visited me; and I was in prison, and ye cared for me. [3006] Then shall those righteous say unto him, Our Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? [50] or thirsty, and gave thee to drink? [3007] And when saw we thee a stranger, and took [51] thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? [3008] And when saw we thee sick, or imprisoned, and [52] cared for thee? [3009] The King shall answer and say [3010] unto them, Verily I say unto you, What [53] [Arabic, p.166] ye did to one of these my brethren, the little ones, ye did unto me. [3011] Then shall he say unto those that are on his left also, Depart from me, ye cursed, [54] into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his hosts: [3012] I hungered, and ye fed me [55] not; and I thirsted, and ye did not give me to drink; [3013] and I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; and I was naked, and ye clothed me not; and I was sick, and imprisoned, [56] and ye visited me not. [3014] Then shall those also answer and say, Our Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or naked, or a stranger, or sick, or imprisoned, [57] and did not minister unto thee? [3015] Then shall he answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, When ye did it not unto one of these little ones, ye did it not [58] unto me also. [3016] And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.


[2947] Luke 12:41.

[2948] Luke 12:42a [Borg. ms. omits Luke 12:42a]; Matthew 24:45.

[2949] i.e., the steward.

[2950] Borg. ms. has trusted and faithful. Doubtless we should supply diacritical points to the reading of Vat. ms., and translate trusted and wise. Ibn-at-Tayyib's Commentary, however, has both and wise and the word translated with control, used in a different sense.

[2951] Matthew 24:46.

[2952] Luke 12:44a; Matthew 24:47b.

[2953] Matthew 24:48; Luke 12:45b.

[2954] Matthew 24:49b.

[2955] Matthew 24:50.

[2956] Matthew 24:51a.

[2957] Luke 12:46b.

[2958] Matthew 24:51b.

[2959] Matthew 25:1.

[2960] Matthew 25:2.

[2961] Matthew 25:3.

[2962] Matthew 25:4.

[2963] Matthew 25:5.

[2964] Matthew 25:6.

[2965] Matthew 25:7.

[2966] Matthew 25:8.

[2967] Matthew 25:9.

[2968] See 10, 17, and 4, 24, note.

[2969] Matthew 25:10.

[2970] Matthew 25:11.

[2971] Matthew 25:12.

[2972] Matthew 25:13.

[2973] Matthew 25:14.

[2974] Matthew 25:15.

[2975] cf. 27, 2, note.

[2976] Matthew 25:16.

[2977] Matthew 25:17.

[2978] Matthew 25:18.

[2979] Matthew 25:19.

[2980] Matthew 25:20.

[2981] Matthew 25:21.

[2982] Matthew 25:22.

[2983] Matthew 25:23.

[2984] A Persian word. The Vat. ms. omits it.

[2985] Matthew 25:24.

[2986] Matthew 25:25.

[2987] Matthew 25:26.

[2988] Matthew 25:27.

[2989] Lit. table (cf. Peshitta).

[2990] Matthew 25:28.

[2991] Matthew 25:29.

[2992] Matthew 25:30.

[2993] Luke 12:35.

[2994] Luke 12:36.

[2995] Luke 12:37.

[2996] cf. Peshitta (and Greek).

[2997] Luke 12:38.

[2998] Matthew 25:31.

[2999] Matthew 25:32.

[3000] Matthew 25:33.

[3001] Or, and setteth; but the Peshitta confirms the rendering given above.

[3002] Matthew 25:34.

[3003] cf. 17, 17, note.

[3004] Matthew 25:35.

[3005] Matthew 25:36.

[3006] Matthew 25:37.

[3007] Matthew 25:38.

[3008] Matthew 25:39.

[3009] Matthew 25:40.

[3010] Perfect tenses, as in Peshitta.

[3011] Matthew 25:41.

[3012] Matthew 25:42.

[3013] Matthew 25:43.

[3014] Matthew 25:44.

[3015] Matthew 25:45.

[3016] Matthew 25:46.

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