Matthew 25:6
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New International Version
"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'

New Living Translation
"At midnight they were roused by the shout, 'Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!'

English Standard Version
But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’

New American Standard Bible
"But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'

King James Bible
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"In the middle of the night there was a shout: Here's the groom! Come out to meet him.'

International Standard Version
But at midnight there came a shout: 'The groom is here! Come out to meet him!'

NET Bible
But at midnight there was a shout, 'Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And in the middle of the night there was an outcry, “Behold, The groom has come, go out to meet him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"At midnight someone shouted, 'The groom is here! Come to meet him!'

Jubilee Bible 2000
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go ye out to meet him.

King James 2000 Bible
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go out to meet him.

American King James Version
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.

American Standard Version
But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him.

Darby Bible Translation
But in [the] middle of [the] night there was a cry, Behold, the bridegroom; go forth to meet him.

English Revised Version
But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Weymouth New Testament
But at midnight there is a loud cry, "'The bridegroom! Go out and meet him!'

World English Bible
But at midnight there was a cry, 'Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!'

Young's Literal Translation
and in the middle of the night a cry was made, Lo, the bridegroom doth come; go ye forth to meet him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - At midnight. When sleep is deepest and awaking most unwelcome. The Lord will come "as a thief in the night" (Matthew 24:42-44; 1 Thessalonians 5:2). There was a cry made (γέγονεν, hath been made). The cry comes either from the watchers or from the advancing company. We are told by the apostle (1 Thessalonians 4:16) that "the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God." The suddenness of the event is indicated by the tense of the verb - "there hath been," "there is," a cry. The bridegroom cometh! The best manuscripts omit the verb, which omission makes the expression more graphic. The bridegroom is Christ; he comes now to judge, to punish and reward; and Christians have to meet him, and show how their duties have been performed, and how their personal preparation has been made.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And at midnight there was a cry made;.... Which is no other than the following notice of the bridegroom's coming, expressed in these words:

behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him: which supposes that then all things will be ready for his coming: all things respecting this world; all the strange and surprising events that were to come to pass, before the coming of Christ, will now be accomplished; an end put to all the monarchies of the earth; and all the preparations in nature, for the burning of the world finished: all things respecting the ungodly of the world: they will have filled up the measure of their iniquities, and finished their persecutions of the saints: and all things respecting the elect of God, they will be all born, and born again; they will have gone through all their sufferings for Christ, and have all their graces tried and perfected; for when the bridegroom comes, he will come to espouse them openly to himself, for which they must be prepared and adorned, and to take them to himself, that they may be for ever with him. It also supposes, that his coming will be very nigh at hand; it was so represented long ago; it is greatly desired by the saints to be quickly; and it will be in a very short time after this notice: and it signifies that there will be some notice given of it, a little before he comes; and that partly for the glory of his majesty; and that his own people, the wise virgins, may be ready; and that the foolish ones may be left without excuse: and this being prefaced with a "behold", shows the certainty of his coming, than which nothing is more certain, and to be depended on; as appears from Enoch's prophecy, and others of the Old Testament; from Christ's own promise; from the testimony of angels: from the words of the apostles; and from the ordinance of the Lord's supper: and also the importance of it; for things of the greatest moment will follow on it; such as the resurrection of the dead, the judgment of the whole world, the complete happiness of the saints, and the destruction of the wicked: and likewise, that it will be wonderful and astonishing; Christ will come in amazing glory, in his own, in his Father's, and in the glory of the holy angels, and of his power and authority, as the judge of quick and dead. And in this notice advice is given to the virgins,

go ye out to meet him; see Sol 3:11, and may intend either a going forth internally, as the wise virgins did in the exercise of grace, of faith in the coming of Christ, of love of his appearance, and earnest desire after it; or a going forth externally, as all the virgins did in a way of visible profession, taking up and trimming their lamps; or literally and corporeally, as the saints will, that will be found alive at Christ's coming. Now this notice is called "a cry"; and refers not to the voice of Christ in raising the dead, for this will be before the coming of Christ, whereas that will be when he is come; and for the same reason, not to the voice of the archangel, if he can be thought to be distinct from Christ. Some think it regards a secret general impulse, that will be upon the spirits of the people of God, with respect to the bridegroom's coming, but this does not seem to answer to a cry; rather it should intend some remarkable providence, as the earthquake in Revelation 11:13 when a tenth part of the city shall fall, seven thousand men of note be slain, and the rest affrighted; or the sounding of the seventh angel, Revelation 11:15, or, what is most likely, the voice of a great multitude, as of many waters, and of mighty thunderings, declaring, that the marriage of the Lamb was come, and the bride ready, Revelation 19:6, and will be a very loud one: it will awaken all the virgins, and will be the cry, not of one, but of many; and will be very sudden and surprising, though joyful to the saints: this cry will be made, not by the virgins, for they will be asleep; nor by Christ himself, for he will not be come; nor by the angels, for they will come with him, and not before; rather by the ministers of the Gospel, who are the angels so often spoken of in the book of the Revelations, who sound the trumpets at different times, and on different occasions; who also will sound this trumpet, and give this last and general notice of Christ's coming; who will be all at once apprized of it, and give an universal alarm of it together in all the churches: thus, as the notice of Christ's first coming was made by the prophets, the notice of his second coming will be made by the ministers of the Gospel: and this will be at "midnight": which expresses the state of the church a little before the coming of Christ: it will be a night season with it, a time of darkness both with respect to Gospel light, and the presence of God with his people; a time of coldness and lukewarmness, as to zeal for God, love to his people, and concern for the interest of Christ; a time of drowsiness and sleep, of insensibility and security, of indolence and inactivity: so as the coming of Christ will be later than was first expected; it will be sudden, and at unawares, and like a thief in the night; but whether it will be literally in the night season, as his first coming, is not certain. The Jews expect (q), that at the end of the world Moses and Messiah will come in the night, the one from the wilderness, and the other from Rome: and they make frequent mention of God's going into the garden of Eden, or paradise, at midnight, and there rejoicing with good men. It is said (r), that R. Eliezer and R. Jose

"were sitting one night, and studying in the law, and about midnight, a man cried (or the cock crowed), bless ye the blessing; says R. Eliezer, now is, the time that the holy, blessed God goes into the garden of Eden, to rejoice with the righteous.''

(q) Targum Hieros. in Exodus 12.42. (r) Zohar in Exod. fol. 76. 4. & in Lev. fol. 21. 1. & 23. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. And at midnight—that is, the time when the Bridegroom will be least expected; for "the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night" (1Th 5:2).

there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him—that is, Be ready to welcome Him.

Matthew 25:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
5"Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6"But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7"Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.…
Cross References
Matthew 25:5
The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

Matthew 25:7
"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
Treasury of Scripture

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.

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Matthew 24:44 Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not …

Mark 13:33-37 Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is…

Luke 12:20,38-40,46 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 But of the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that …

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps …

a cry.

Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and …

John 5:28,29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that …

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with …

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the …

Behold.

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

Psalm 50:3-6 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour …

Psalm 96:13 Before the LORD: for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth: he …

Psalm 98:9 Before the LORD; for he comes to judge the earth: with righteousness …

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

Jude 1:14,15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, …

go.

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which …

Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, See, this is our God; we have waited …

Amos 4:12 Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel: and because I will do …

Malachi 3:1,2 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Revelation 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage …

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