The Bible in Its Traditions

Matthew 25:1–13

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"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who having taken their lamps, went out to meet the bridegroom.

THEN the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to greet the bridegroom and the bride.

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Now five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish.

But five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.

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Those who [were] foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them,

For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them

And the foolish ones took their lamps, but took no oil with them.

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

Yet truly, the prudent ones brought the oil, in their containers, with the lamps.

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But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.

Since the bridegroom was delayed, they all fell asleep, and they were sleeping.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

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And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'

But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.

But in the middle of the night, a cry went out: ‘Behold, the groom is arriving. Go out to meet him.’

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"Then all those virgins arose, and they trimmed their lamps.

Then all the virgins got up and fixed their lamps.

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

But the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give to us from your oil, for our lamps are being extinguished.’

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"But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for you and us; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'

The prudent responded by saying, ‘Lest perhaps there may not be enough for us and for you, it would be better for you to go to the vendors and buy some for yourselves.’

Then the wise ones answered and said, Why, there would not be enough for us and for you; go to those who sell and buy for yourselves.

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10  "But as they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

10  And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut.

10  But while they were going to buy it, the groom arrived. And those who were prepared entered with him to the wedding, and the door was closed.

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11  Afterward the remaining virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'

11  Yet truly, at the very end, the remaining virgins also arrived, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’

12  "But he answered and said, 'Assuredly I say to you, I do not know you.'

12  But he responded by saying, ‘Amen I say to you, I do not know you.’

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13  "Watch therefore, for you do not know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

13  And so you must be vigilant, because you do not know the day or the hour.

13  Be alert, therefore, for you do not know, that day nor the hour.