Matthew 25:1-9 NIV

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like1 ten virgins who took their lamps2 and went out to meet the bridegroom.3

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2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.4

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3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.5

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6 "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
7 "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'6

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9 " 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'