Matthew 25:5
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New International Version
The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The bridegroom tarried - The coming of the bridegroom to an individual may imply his death: his coming to the world - the final judgment. The delay - the time from a man's birth till his death, in the first case; in the second, the time from the beginning to the end of the world.

Slumbered and slept - Or, ενυϚαξαν και εκαθευδον, they became drowsy and fell asleep. As sleep is frequently used in the sacred writings for death, so drowsiness, which precedes sleep, may be considered as pointing out the decays of the constitution, and the sicknesses which precede death. The other explanations which are given of this place must be unsatisfactory to every man who is not warped by some point in his creed, which must be supported at every expense. Carelessness disposed them to drowsiness, drowsiness to sleep, deep sleep, which rendered them as unconscious of their danger as they were before inattentive to their duty. The Anglo-Saxon has hit the meaning of the original well - of which my old MS. Bible gives a literal version, in the English of the 14th century: forsothe-alle nappeden and sleptyn.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them.

Matthew 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming;

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it...

Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens...

Luke 20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to farmers...

Hebrews 10:36,37 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise...

2 Peter 3:4-9 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep...

Revelation 2:25 But that which you have already hold fast till I come.


Matthew 26:40,43 And he comes to the disciples, and finds them asleep, and said to Peter, What, could you not watch with me one hour...

Songs 3:1 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not.

Songs 5:2 I sleep, but my heart wakes: it is the voice of my beloved that knocks, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love...

Jonah 1:5,6 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man to his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea...

Mark 14:37,38 And he comes, and finds them sleeping, and said to Peter, Simon, sleep you? could not you watch one hour...

Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober...

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

The Surprise of the Righteous
Preached at Southsea for the Mission of the Good Shepherd. October 1871. St Matt. xxv. 34-37. "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Dying Lamps
'Our lamps are gone out.'--MATT. xxv. 8. This is one of the many cases in which the Revised Version, by accuracy of rendering the tense of a verb, gives a much more striking as well as correct reproduction of the original than the Authorised Version does. The former reads 'going out,' instead of 'gone out,' a rendering which the Old Version has, unfortunately, relegated to the margin. It is clearly to be preferred, not only because it more correctly represents the Greek, but because it sets before
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Day of Judgment. Extracted from a Sermon by Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, and Martyr, 1555. (1)
LUKE XXI.(2) As we die so we shall rise again. If we die in the state of damnation, we shall rise in that same state. Again, if we die in the state of salvation, we shall rise again in that state, and come to everlasting felicity, both of soul and body. For if we die now in the state of salvation, then at the last general day of judgment we shall hear this joyful sentence, proceeding out of the mouth of our Saviour Christ, when he will say, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess that kingdom which
John Knox—The Pulpit Of The Reformation, Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

Conclusion of Our Lord's Discourse. Parables of virgins and Talents. The Final Judgment.
(Mount of Olives. Tuesday, April 4, a.d. 30.) ^A Matt. XXV. 1-46. ^a 1 Then [i. e., at the time of the Lord's coming. Jesus is still emphasizing the lesson of watchfulness, and proceeds to enforce it by two parables] shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten [probably the usual number on such occasions] virgins, who took their lamps [small earthenware vessels, with flax wicks, and without glass chimneys], and went forth to meet the bridegroom. [The Oriental wedding began with a feast in the
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Matthew 24:48
But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,'

Matthew 25:4
The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.

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

Luke 1:21
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.

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