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.