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Matthew: 25

The Parable of the Ten Maidens  Mt.25.1-13 (Olivet)

1'When that day comes, the kingdom of Heaven will be like this. There were ten girls, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five prudent; 3when the foolish ones took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the others took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was late in coming they all dozed off to sleep. 6But at midnight a cry was heard: "Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him." 7With that the girls all got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the prudent, "Our lamps are going out; give us some of your oil." 9"No," they said; "there will never be enough for us both. You had better go to the shop and buy some for yourselves." 10While they were away the bridegroom arrived; those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11And then the other five came back. "Sir, sir," they cried, "open the door for us." 12But he answered, "'I declare, I do not know you." 13Keep awake then; for you never know the day or the hour.

The Parable of the Talents  Mt.25.14-30 (Olivet)[ Mt.25.14-30 → ] - Lk.19.11-27

14'It is like a man going abroad, who called his servants and put his capital in their hands; 15to one he gave five bags of gold, to another two, to another one, each according to his capacity. Then he left the country. 16The man who had the five bags went at once and employed them in business, and made a profit of five bags, 17and the man who had the two bags made two. 18But the man who had been given one bag of gold went off and dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master's money. 19A long time afterwards their master returned, and proceeded to settle accounts with them. 20The man who had been given the five bags of gold came and produced the five he had made: "Master," he said, "you left five bags with me; look, I have made five more." 21"Well done, my good and trusty servant!" said the master. "You have proved trustworthy in a small way; I will now put you in charge of something big. Come and share your master's delight." 22The man with the two bags then came and said, "Master, you left two bags with me; look, I have made two more." 23"Well done, my good and trusty servant!" said the master. "You have proved trustworthy in a small way; I will now put you in charge of something big. Come and share your master's delight." 24Then the man who had been given one bag came and said, "Master, I knew you to be a hard man: you reap where you have not sown, you gather where you have not scattered; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your gold in the ground. Here it is - you have what belongs to you." 26"You lazy rascal!" said the master. "You knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered? 27Then you ought to have put my money on deposit, and on my return I should have got it back with interest. 28Take the bag of gold from him, and give it to the one with the ten bags. 29For the man who has will always be given more, till he has enough and to spare; and the man who has not will forfeit even what he has. 30Fling the useless servant out into the dark, the place of wailing and grinding of teeth!"

The Judgment of the Nations  Mt.25.31-46 (Olivet)

31'When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, he will sit in state on his throne, 32with all the nations gathered before him. He will separate men into two groups, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. 34Then the king will say to those on his right hand, "You have my Father's blessing; come, enter and possess the kingdom that has been ready for you since the world was made. 35For when I was hungry, you gave me food; when thirsty, you gave me drink; when I was a stranger you took me into your home, 36when naked you clothed me; when I was ill you came to my help, when in prison you visited me." 37Then the righteous will reply, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and fed you, or thirsty and gave you drink, 38a stranger and took you home, or naked and clothed you? 39When did we see you ill or in prison, and come to visit you?" 40And the king will answer, "I tell you this: anything you did for one of my brothers here, however humble, you did for me." 41Then he will say to those on his left, hand, "The curse is upon you; go from my sight to the eternal fire that is ready for the devil and his angels. 42For when I was hungry you gave me nothing to eat, when thirsty nothing to drink; 43when I was a stranger you gave me no home, when naked you did not clothe me; when I was ill and in prison you did not come to my help." 44And they too will reply, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and did nothing for you?" 45And he will answer, "I tell you this: anything you did not do for one of these, however humble, you did not do for me." 46And they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous will enter eternal life.'


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