Gospel according to Matthew

New Testament

Rainbow Missions, Inc. World English Bible. Rainbow Missions, Inc.; revision of the American Standard Version of 1901. http://ebible.org/bible/web.

"Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them,

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

Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

But at midnight there was a cry, 'Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!'

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'

But the wise answered, saying, 'What if there isn't enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'

While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.

Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.'

But he answered, 'Most assuredly I tell you, I don't know you.'

Watch therefore, for you don't know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

"For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them.

To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey.

Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.

In like manner he also who got the two gained another two.

But he who received the one went away and dug in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

"Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reconciled accounts with them.

He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents besides them.'