New American Standard Bible
"Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep.
King James Bible
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Darby Bible Translation
Now the bridegroom tarrying, they all grew heavy and slept.
World English Bible
Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
Young's Literal Translation
'And the bridegroom tarrying, they all nodded and were sleeping,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The bridegroom tarried - That is, while they waited for him. It was uncertain at what time he would come. He delayed longer than they expected.
All slumbered and slept - Waiting until near midnight, they fell into repose. This circumstance is not to be pressed to prove that all Christians will be asleep, or cold and careless, when the Lord Jesus shall come. "Many" may be so, but many, also, will be looking for his coming. This circumstance is designed simply to show more clearly the "duty of being ready," Matthew 25:13. It does not mean to affirm it "as a fact" that none will be ready.
Library'They that were Ready'
'They that were ready went in with him to the marriage.' --MATT. xxv. 10. It is interesting to notice the variety of aspects in which, in this long discourse, Jesus sets forth His Second Coming. It is like the flood that swept away a world. It is like a thief stealing through the dark, and breaking up a house. It is like a master reckoning with his servants. These three metaphors suggest solemn, one might almost say alarming, images. But then this parable comes in and tells how that coming is like …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Traders for the Master
Parable of the Talents (Matt. , xxv. , 14-30) Compared with that of the Pounds (Luke, xix. , 12).
The Ten virgins.
"But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,'
but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.
"But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'
The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.
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