New International Version
"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's 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.
Darby Bible Translation
But in [the] middle of [the] night there was a cry, Behold, the bridegroom; go forth to 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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
At midnight there was a cry - The Jewish weddings were generally celebrated in the night; yet they usually began at the rising of the evening star; but in this case there was a more than ordinary delay.
Behold, the bridegroom cometh - What an awful thing to be summoned to appear before the Judge of quick and dead! The following is an affecting relation, and fas est ab hoste doceri. "When Rabbi Jochanan ben Zachai was sick, his disciples came to visit him; and when he saw them he began to weep. They say to him, Rabbi! the light of Israel, the right hand pillar, the strong hammer, wherefore dost thou weep? He answered them, If they were carrying me before a king of flesh and blood, who is here today, and to-morrow in the grave; who, if he were angry with me, his anger would not last for ever: if he put me in prison, his prison would not be everlasting; if he condemned me to death, that death would not be eternal; whom I could soothe with words or bribe with riches; yet even in these circumstances I should weep. But now I am going before the King of kings, the holy and the blessed God, who liveth and endureth for ever and for ever; who, if he be angry with me, his anger will last for ever; if he put me in prison, his bondage will be everlasting; if he condemn me to death, that death will be eternal; whom I cannot soothe with words nor bribe with riches: when, farther, there are before me two ways, the one to hell and the other to paradise, and I know not in which they are carrying me, shall I not weep?" Talmud Beracoth, fol. 29.
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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 …
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Conclusion of Our Lord's Discourse. Parables of virgins and Talents. The Final Judgment.
The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
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