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13 hour your Lord doth come.* But know this,
that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would
have watched, and would not have suffered his 44 house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also
ready : for in such an hour as ye think not, the 45 Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful
and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made
ruler over his household, to give them meat in 46 due season? Blessed is that servant, whom
his Lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him 48 ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil
servant shall say in his heart, My lord delay49 eth his coming; and shall begin to smite his
fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the 50 drunken ; the lord of that servant shall come
in a day when he looketh not for him, and in 51 an hour that he is not aware of. And shall
cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites : there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
1 THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be
likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
In the day of judgment at the end of the world this would not be the case ; yet some of these descriptions have reference to, or will well apply to the coming of Christ at the last judgment.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were 3 foolish. They that were foolish took their 4 lamps, and took no oil with them : But the
wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slum6 bered and slept. And at midnight there was
a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh ; 7
go ye out to meet him. Then all those vir8 gins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And
the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your 9 oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you : but go ye rather
to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom
came; and they that were ready went in with
him to the marriage; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, 12 Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered
and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you 13 not.* Watch therefore, for ye know neither
the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man
cometh. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man
travelling into a far country, who called his
own servants, and delivered unto them his 15 goods :t And unto one he gave five talents,
* The parables in this chapter are very instructive and impressive, and show the necessity of faithfully improving our opportunities and talents to meet the approbation of our Judge.
+ The words in italics are supplied by our translators. It would be better, perhaps, to say, he, referring to Christ, spoken of in the preceding verse.
to another two, and to another one ; to every
man according to his several ability ; and 16 straightway took his journey. Then he that
had received the five talents went and traded
with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also 18 gained the other two. But he that had re.
ceived one, went and digged in the earth, and 19 hid his lord's money.
After a long time the Lord of all those servants cometh, and reckon20 eth with them. And so he that had received
five talents came, and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me
five talents : behold, I have gained besides 21 them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things : enter thou 22 into the joy of thy lord. He also that had re
ceived two talents came, and said, Lord, thou deliyeredst unto me two talents : behold, I
have gained two other talents besides them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and
faithful servant : thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he who had received the one talent
came, and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping, where thou hast not
sown, and gathering where thou hast not 25 strawed : And I was afraid, and went and
hid thy talent in the earth :'lo, there thou hast 26 that is thine. His lord answered and said unto
him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou
knowest that I reap where I sowed not, and 27 gather where I have not strawed : Thou
oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I
should have received mine own with interest. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give 29 it unto him that hath ten talents. For unto
every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance : but from him that hath not
shall be taken away, even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer
darkness : there shall be weeping and gnash
ing of teeth. 31 When the Son of man shall come in his
glory, and all the holy angels with him, then
shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.* 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations :
and he shall separate them one from another, as
a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats : 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right-hand, 34 but the goats on the left. 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 35 world. For I was an hungered, and ye gave
me meat : I was thirsty, and ye gave me
drink :f I was a stranger, and ye took me in : 36 Naked, and ye clothed me : I was sick, and
ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came 37 unto me. Then shall the righteous answer
* It would seem that this description refers to the day of judgment.
† Active benevolence is a great and essential attribute of the Christian character.
him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an
hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave 38 thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger,
and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and 40 came unto thee? And the king shall answer
and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the
least of these my brethren, ye have done it 41 unto me. Then shall he say also unto them
on the left-hand, Depart from me, ye cursed,
into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and 42 his angels. For I was an hungered, snd ye
gave me no meat ; I was thirsty, and ye gave 43 me no drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me
not in: naked, and ye clothed me not : sick 44 and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then
shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst or a stran
ger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did 45 not administer unto thee? Then shall he
answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least 46 of these, ye did it not to me. And these
shall go away into endless punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
1 AND it came to pass when Jesus had
finished all these sayings, he said unto his disci2 ples, Ye know that after two days is the feast
of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed