1"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 1ten virgins who took their lampsa and went to meet 2the bridegroom.b2Five of them were foolish, and five were 3wise.3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.5As the bridegroom 4was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.6But 5at midnight there was a cry, 'Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'7Then all those virgins rose and 6trimmed their lamps.8And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'9But the wise answered, saying, 'Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and 7those who were ready went in with him to 8the marriage feast, and 9the door was shut.11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 10'Lord, lord, open to us.'1211But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, 12I do not know you.'1313Watch therefore, for you 14know neither the day nor the hour.
1415"For 16it will be like a man 17going on a journey, who called his servantsc and entrusted to them his property.15To one he gave five 18talents,d to another two, to another one, 19to each according to his ability. Then he 20went away.16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.18But he who had received the one talent went and 21dug in the ground and hid his master's money.19Now 22after a long time the master of those servants came and 23settled accounts with them.20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.'21His master said to him, 'Well done, good and 24faithful servant.e25You have been faithful over a little; 26I will set you over much. Enter into 27the joy of your master.'22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.'23His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be 28a hard man, reaping 29where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here 30you have what is yours.'26But his master answered him, 'You 31wicked and 32slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.2933For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.30And 34cast 35the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place 36there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
3137"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, 38then he will sit on his glorious throne.32Before him 39will be gathered 40all the nations, and 41he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates 42the sheep from the goats.33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.34Then 43the King will say to 44those on his right, 'Come, you 45who are blessed by my Father, 46inherit 47the kingdom 48prepared for you 49from the foundation of the world.35For 50I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you 51gave me drink, 52I was a stranger and you welcomed me,3653I was naked and you clothed me, 54I was sick and you 55visited me, 56I was in prison and you came to me.'37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?'40And 57the King will answer them, 58'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these 59my brothers,f you did it to me.'41"Then he will say to those on his left, 60'Depart from me, you 61cursed, into 62the eternal fire prepared for 63the devil and his angels.42For 64I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'44Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?'45Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, 65you did not do it to me.'46And these will go away 66into eternal punishment, but the righteous 67into 68eternal life."