Matthew 25:6
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.’

Berean Study Bible
At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

Berean Literal Bible
And at the middle of the night, there was a cry: 'Behold, the bridegroom! Go forth 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.

Christian Standard Bible
“In the middle of the night there was a shout: ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him.’

Contemporary English Version
Then in the middle of the night someone shouted, "Here's the groom! Come to meet him!"

Good News Translation
"It was already midnight when the cry rang out, 'Here is the bridegroom! Come and 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.'

New Heart English Bible
But at midnight there was a cry, 'Look. The bridegroom. 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!'

New American Standard 1977
“But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out 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.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
5When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6At midnight the cry went out: ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.…
Cross References
Matthew 25:5
When the bridegroom was delayed, 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.

at.

Matthew 24:44
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

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

Luke 12:20,38-40,46
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? …

a cry.

Matthew 24:31
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

John 5:28,29
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, …

1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Behold.

Matthew 25:31
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Psalm 50:3-6
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him…

Psalm 96:13
Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

go.

Matthew 25:1
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Isaiah 25:9
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Amos 4:12
Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.







Lexicon
At midnight
Μέσης (Mesēs)
Adjective - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3319: Middle, in the middle, between, in the midst of. From meta; middle (neuter) noun).

the cry
κραυγὴ (kraugē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2906: (a) a shout, cry, clamor, (b) outcry, clamoring against another. From krazo; an outcry.

went out:
γέγονεν (gegonen)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

‘Here is
Ἰδοὺ (Idou)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2400: See! Lo! Behold! Look! Second person singular imperative middle voice of eido; used as imperative lo!

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

bridegroom!
νυμφίος (nymphios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3566: A bridegroom. From numphe; a bride-groom.

Come out
ἐξέρχεσθε (exerchesthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1831: To go out, come out. From ek and erchomai; to issue.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

meet
ἀπάντησιν (apantēsin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 529: From apantao; a encounter.

him!’
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(6) At midnight.--The hour was obviously later than the virgins had expected, and in this we may see a half-veiled suggestion of a like lateness in the coining of the true Bridegroom. The "cry" would be that of the companions of the bridegroom, or of the crowd that mingled with them. In the interpretation of the parable we may see in it, over and above its reference to the final Advent, that which answers to the stir and thrill that announce any coming crisis in the history of Church or people.

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. 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.
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