Matthew 25:1
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New International Version
"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

New Living Translation
"Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.

English Standard Version
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.

Berean Study Bible
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Berean Literal Bible
Then the kingdom of the heavens will be likened to ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom.

New American Standard Bible
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

King James Bible
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.

International Standard Version
"At that time, the kingdom from heaven will be comparable to ten bridesmaids who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the groom.

NET Bible
"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be compared to ten virgins; the same took their lamps and went to meet the groom and the bride.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"When the end comes, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten bridesmaids. They took their oil lamps and went to meet the groom.

New American Standard 1977
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then shall the kingdom of the heavens be likened unto ten virgins who, taking their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

American King James Version
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

American Standard Version
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride.

Darby Bible Translation
Then shall the kingdom of the heavens be made like to ten virgins that having taken their torches, went forth to meet the bridegroom.

English Revised Version
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Weymouth New Testament
"Then will the Kingdom of the Heavens be found to be like ten bridesmaids who took their torches and went out to meet the bridegroom.

World English Bible
"Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Young's Literal Translation
'Then shall the reign of the heavens be likened to ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
25:1-13 The circumstances of the parable of the ten virgins were taken from the marriage customs among the Jews, and explain the great day of Christ's coming. See the nature of Christianity. As Christians we profess to attend upon Christ, to honour him, also to be waiting for his coming. Sincere Christians are the wise virgins, and hypocrites the foolish ones. Those are the truly wise or foolish that are so in the affairs of their souls. Many have a lamp of profession in their hands, but have not, in their hearts, sound knowledge and settled resolution, which are needed to carry them through the services and trials of the present state. Their hearts are not stored with holy dispositions, by the new-creating Spirit of God. Our light must shine before men in good works; but this is not likely to be long done, unless there is a fixed, active principle in the heart, of faith in Christ, and love to God and our brethren. They all slumbered and slept. The delay represents the space between the real or apparent conversion of these professors, and the coming of Christ, to take them away by death, or to judge the world. But though Christ tarry past our time, he will not tarry past the due time. The wise virgins kept their lamps burning, but they did not keep themselves awake. Too many real Christians grow remiss, and one degree of carelessness makes way for another. Those that allow themselves to slumber, will scarcely keep from sleeping; therefore dread the beginning of spiritual decays. A startling summons was given. Go ye forth to meet Him, is a call to those prepared. The notice of Christ's approach, and the call to meet him, will awaken. Even those best prepared for death have work to do to get actually ready, 2Pe 3:14. It will be a day of search and inquiry; and it concerns us to think how we shall then be found. Some wanted oil to supply their lamps when going out. Those that take up short of true grace, will certainly find the want of it one time or other. An outward profession may light a man along this world, but the damps of the valley of the shadow of death will put out such a light. Those who care not to live the life, yet would die the death of the righteous. But those that would be saved, must have grace of their own; and those that have most grace, have none to spare. The best need more from Christ. And while the poor alarmed soul addresses itself, upon a sick-bed, to repentance and prayer, in awful confusion, death comes, judgment comes, the work is undone, and the poor sinner is undone for ever. This comes of having oil to buy when we should burn it, grace to get when we should use it. Those, and those only, shall go to heaven hereafter, that are made ready for heaven here. The suddenness of death and of Christ's coming to us then, will not hinder our happiness, if we have been prepared. The door was shut. Many will seek admission into heaven when it is too late. The vain confidence of hypocrites will carry them far in expectations of happiness. The unexpected summons of death may alarm the Christian; but, proceeding without delay to trim his lamp, his graces often shine more bright; while the mere professor's conduct shows that his lamp is going out. Watch therefore, attend to the business of your souls. Be in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
1At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Jesus presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Matthew 25:7
Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.

Luke 12:35
Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning.

John 3:29
The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom stands by and listens for him, and is overjoyed to hear the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.

John 18:3
So Judas brought a band of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees. They arrived at the garden carrying lanterns, torches, and weapons.

Acts 20:8
Now there were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.

Revelation 4:5
From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and rolls of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God.

Revelation 8:10
Then the third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star burning like a torch fell from heaven and landed on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.
Treasury of Scripture

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Then.

Matthew 24:42-51 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come…

Luke 21:34-36 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

the kingdom.

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 13:24,31,38,44,45,47 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven …

Matthew 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder…

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage …

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

ten.

Psalm 45:14 She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins …

Songs 1:3 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment …

Songs 5:8,16 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that …

Songs 6:1,8,9 Where is your beloved gone, O you fairest among women? where is your …

1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you, brothers, that you remember me in all things, and …

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. …

which.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, …

Luke 12:35,36 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning…

Philippians 2:15,16 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

went.

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

2 Peter 1:13-15 Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir …

2 Peter 3:12,13 Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein …

the bridegroom.

Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said to them, Can the children of the bridal chamber mourn, …

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage …

Psalm 45:9-11 Kings' daughters were among your honorable women: on your right hand …

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and …

Isaiah 62:4,5 You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any …

Mark 2:19,20 And Jesus said to them, Can the children of the bridal chamber fast, …

Luke 5:34,35 And he said to them, Can you make the children of the bridal chamber …

John 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, …

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused …

Ephesians 5:25-33 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, …

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage …

Revelation 21:2,9 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God …

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