The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matthew 25:1-13  (This familiar parable is found only in Matthew)

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them:

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

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

Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 

The foolish (to the wise): Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 

The wise: Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves.

While the foolish went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 

Afterward, the other virgins came also.

The foolish: Lord, Lord, open to us.

The Lord: Truly, I know you not.

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.

The gospel of Luke says, And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For it shall come as a snare on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (21:34-36)


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