The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.1
References for Matthew 25:5
"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'2
References for Matthew 25:8
" '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.'
"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet.3 And the door was shut.
References for Matthew 25:10
"Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!'
"But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.'4
References for Matthew 25:12
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.5
References for Matthew 25:13
"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey,6 who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.
References for Matthew 25:14
To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.7 Then he went on his journey.
References for Matthew 25:15