Matthew 25:1-13 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
3 The five who were foolish took no oil for their lamps, 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all lay down and slept. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 At midnight they were roused by the shout, 'Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and welcome him!' 6 "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
7 "All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 7 "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, 'Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.' 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'
9 But the others replied, 'We don't have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.' 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.'
10 "But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 10 "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. And the door was shut.
11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, 'Sir, open the door for us!' 11 "Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!'
12 But he called back, 'I don't know you!' 12 "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.'
13 "So stay awake and be prepared, because you do not know the day or hour of my return. 13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.