1"Then1the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to tenvirgins, whotook their 2lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.2"Five of them were foolish, and five were 3prudent.3"For when the foolishtook their lamps, they tooknooil with them,4but the 4prudenttookoil in flasks along with their lamps.5"Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they allgotdrowsy and began to sleep.6"But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom ! Come out to meet him.'7"Thenallthosevirginsrose and trimmed their lamps.8"The foolishsaid to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'9"But the 5prudentanswered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; goinstead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'10"And while they were goingaway to make the purchase, the bridegroomcame, and those who were 6readywent in with him to 7the weddingfeast ; and 8the door was shut.11"Later the othervirginsalsocame, saying, '9Lord, lord, open up for us.'12"But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.'13"10Be on the alertthen, for you do not know the daynor the hour.
14"11For it is justlike a man12about to go on a journey, who called his ownslaves and entrusted his possessions to them.15"To one he gavefivea13talents, to another , two, and to another , one, eachaccording to his ownability ; and he 14went on his journey.16"Immediately the one who had received the five15talentswent and traded with them, and gainedfivemore talents.17"In the samemanner the one who had received the two talents gainedtwomore.18"But he who received the one talent wentaway, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his bmaster'smoney.19"Nowafter a longtime the master of thoseslavescame and 16settledaccounts with them.20"The one who had received the five17talentscame up and broughtfivemoretalents, saying, 'Master, you entrustedfivetalents to me. See, I have gainedfivemoretalents.'21"His mastersaid to him, 'Welldone, good and 18faithfulslave. You were faithful with a fewthings, I will 19put you in charge of manythings ; enter into the joy of your cmaster.'22"Also the onewho had received the two20talentscame up and said, 'Master, you entrustedtwotalents to me. See, I have gainedtwomoretalents.'23"His mastersaid to him, 'Welldone, good and 21faithfulslave. You were faithful with a fewthings, I will put you in charge of manythings ; enter into the joy of your master.'24"And the one also who had received the one22talentcame up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hardman, reapingwhere you did not sow and gatheringwhere you scatteredno seed.25'And I was afraid, and wentaway and hid your talent in the ground. See, you havewhat is yours.'26"But his masteranswered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazyslave, you knew that I reapwhere I did not sow and gatherwhere I scatteredno seed.27'Then you ought to have put my moneydin the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.28'Thereforetakeaway the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the tentalents.'29"23For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance ; but from the one who does not have, evenwhat he does have shall be takenaway.30"Throw out the worthlessslave into 24the outerdarkness ; in that placethere will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31"But when25the Son of Mancomes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then26He will sit on His gloriousthrone.32"All the nations will be 27gatheredbefore Him; and He will separate them from oneanother, 28as the shepherdseparates the sheep from the goats ;33and He will put the sheep29on His right, and the goats30on the left.34"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, 31inherit the kingdomprepared for you 32from the foundation of the world.35'For 33I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat ; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink ; 34I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;3635naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you 36visited Me; 37I was in prison, and you came to Me.'37"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, orthirsty, and give You something to drink ?38'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, ornaked, and clothe You?39'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'40"38The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, 39to the extent that you did it to one of thesebrothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'41"Then He will alsosay to those on His left, '40Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the 41eternalfire which has been prepared for 42the devil and his angels ;42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat ; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink ;43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'44"Then they themselvesalso will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, orthirsty, or a stranger, ornaked, orsick, or in prison, and did not etakecare of You?'45"Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'46"These will goaway into 43eternalpunishment, but the righteous into 44eternallife."