1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.2Five of them were foolish and five were wise.3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.4The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.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.8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’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 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 the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’12“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
14“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.15To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.16The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.17So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.18But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.19“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.20The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’21“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’22“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’23“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’24“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.25So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’26“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.28“ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.29For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.30And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the 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, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’45“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
1The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large herds and flocks, saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were suitable for livestock.2So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the community, and said,3“Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon—4the land the LORD subdued before the people of Israel—are suitable for livestock, and your servants have livestock.5If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan.”6Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, “Should your fellow Israelites go to war while you sit here?7Why do you discourage the Israelites from crossing over into the land the LORD has given them?8This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to look over the land.9After they went up to the Valley of Eshkol and viewed the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering the land the LORD had given them.10The LORD’s anger was aroused that day and he swore this oath:11‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or more when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—12not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the LORD wholeheartedly.’13The LORD’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.14“And here you are, a brood of sinners, standing in the place of your fathers and making the LORD even more angry with Israel.15If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the wilderness, and you will be the cause of their destruction.”16Then they came up to him and said, “We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children.17But we will arm ourselves for battle and go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them to their place. Meanwhile our women and children will live in fortified cities, for protection from the inhabitants of the land.18We will not return to our homes until each of the Israelites has received their inheritance.19We will not receive any inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan, because our inheritance has come to us on the east side of the Jordan.”20Then Moses said to them, “If you will do this—if you will arm yourselves before the LORD for battle21and if all of you who are armed cross over the Jordan before the LORD until he has driven his enemies out before him—22then when the land is subdued before the LORD, you may return and be free from your obligation to the LORD and to Israel. And this land will be your possession before the LORD.23“But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.24Build cities for your women and children, and pens for your flocks, but do what you have promised.”25The Gadites and Reubenites said to Moses, “We your servants will do as our lord commands.26Our children and wives, our flocks and herds will remain here in the cities of Gilead.27But your servants, every man who is armed for battle, will cross over to fight before the LORD, just as our lord says.”28Then Moses gave orders about them to Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and to the family heads of the Israelite tribes.29He said to them, “If the Gadites and Reubenites, every man armed for battle, cross over the Jordan with you before the LORD, then when the land is subdued before you, you must give them the land of Gilead as their possession.30But if they do not cross over with you armed, they must accept their possession with you in Canaan.”31The Gadites and Reubenites answered, “Your servants will do what the LORD has said.32We will cross over before the LORD into Canaan armed, but the property we inherit will be on this side of the Jordan.”33Then Moses gave to the Gadites, the Reubenites and the half-tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan—the whole land with its cities and the territory around them.34The Gadites built up Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer,35Atroth Shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah,36Beth Nimrah and Beth Haran as fortified cities, and built pens for their flocks.37And the Reubenites rebuilt Heshbon, Elealeh and Kiriathaim,38as well as Nebo and Baal Meon (these names were changed) and Sibmah. They gave names to the cities they rebuilt.39The descendants of Makir son of Manasseh went to Gilead, captured it and drove out the Amorites who were there.40So Moses gave Gilead to the Makirites, the descendants of Manasseh, and they settled there.41Jair, a descendant of Manasseh, captured their settlements and called them Havvoth Jair.42And Nobah captured Kenath and its surrounding settlements and called it Nobah after himself.
1Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron.2At the LORD’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages:3The Israelites set out from Rameses on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the Passover. They marched out defiantly in full view of all the Egyptians,4who were burying all their firstborn, whom the LORD had struck down among them; for the LORD had brought judgment on their gods.5The Israelites left Rameses and camped at Sukkoth.6They left Sukkoth and camped at Etham, on the edge of the desert.7They left Etham, turned back to Pi Hahiroth, to the east of Baal Zephon, and camped near Migdol.8They left Pi Hahiroth and passed through the sea into the desert, and when they had traveled for three days in the Desert of Etham, they camped at Marah.9They left Marah and went to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there.10They left Elim and camped by the Red Sea.11They left the Red Sea and camped in the Desert of Sin.12They left the Desert of Sin and camped at Dophkah.13They left Dophkah and camped at Alush.14They left Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.15They left Rephidim and camped in the Desert of Sinai.16They left the Desert of Sinai and camped at Kibroth Hattaavah.17They left Kibroth Hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.18They left Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.19They left Rithmah and camped at Rimmon Perez.20They left Rimmon Perez and camped at Libnah.21They left Libnah and camped at Rissah.22They left Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.23They left Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.24They left Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.25They left Haradah and camped at Makheloth.26They left Makheloth and camped at Tahath.27They left Tahath and camped at Terah.28They left Terah and camped at Mithkah.29They left Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah.30They left Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.31They left Moseroth and camped at Bene Jaakan.32They left Bene Jaakan and camped at Hor Haggidgad.33They left Hor Haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah.34They left Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.35They left Abronah and camped at Ezion Geber.36They left Ezion Geber and camped at Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.37They left Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor, on the border of Edom.38At the LORD’s command Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor, where he died on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt.39Aaron was a hundred and twenty-three years old when he died on Mount Hor.40The Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev of Canaan, heard that the Israelites were coming.41They left Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah.42They left Zalmonah and camped at Punon.43They left Punon and camped at Oboth.44They left Oboth and camped at Iye Abarim, on the border of Moab.45They left Iye Abarim and camped at Dibon Gad.46They left Dibon Gad and camped at Almon Diblathaim.47They left Almon Diblathaim and camped in the mountains of Abarim, near Nebo.48They left the mountains of Abarim and camped on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.49There on the plains of Moab they camped along the Jordan from Beth Jeshimoth to Abel Shittim.50On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the LORD said to Moses,51“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan,52drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.53Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.54Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes.55“ ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.56And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’ ”
1The LORD said to Moses,2“Command the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries:3“ ‘Your southern side will include some of the Desert of Zin along the border of Edom. Your southern boundary will start in the east from the southern end of the Dead Sea,4cross south of Scorpion Pass, continue on to Zin and go south of Kadesh Barnea. Then it will go to Hazar Addar and over to Azmon,5where it will turn, join the Wadi of Egypt and end at the Mediterranean Sea.6“ ‘Your western boundary will be the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. This will be your boundary on the west.7“ ‘For your northern boundary, run a line from the Mediterranean Sea to Mount Hor8and from Mount Hor to Lebo Hamath. Then the boundary will go to Zedad,9continue to Ziphron and end at Hazar Enan. This will be your boundary on the north.10“ ‘For your eastern boundary, run a line from Hazar Enan to Shepham.11The boundary will go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain and continue along the slopes east of the Sea of Galilee.12Then the boundary will go down along the Jordan and end at the Dead Sea. “ ‘This will be your land, with its boundaries on every side.’ ”13Moses commanded the Israelites: “Assign this land by lot as an inheritance. The LORD has ordered that it be given to the nine-and-a-half tribes,14because the families of the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance.15These two-and-a-half tribes have received their inheritance east of the Jordan across from Jericho, toward the sunrise.”16The LORD said to Moses,17“These are the names of the men who are to assign the land for you as an inheritance: Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun.18And appoint one leader from each tribe to help assign the land.19These are their names: Caleb son of Jephunneh, from the tribe of Judah;20Shemuel son of Ammihud, from the tribe of Simeon;21Elidad son of Kislon, from the tribe of Benjamin;22Bukki son of Jogli, the leader from the tribe of Dan;23Hanniel son of Ephod, the leader from the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph;24Kemuel son of Shiphtan, the leader from the tribe of Ephraim son of Joseph;25Elizaphan son of Parnak, the leader from the tribe of Zebulun;26Paltiel son of Azzan, the leader from the tribe of Issachar;27Ahihud son of Shelomi, the leader from the tribe of Asher;28Pedahel son of Ammihud, the leader from the tribe of Naphtali.”29These are the men the LORD commanded to assign the inheritance to the Israelites in the land of Canaan.
1On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him.2And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”3Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”4“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.5But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”6The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”7So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.8Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.9His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”10He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.11When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.12When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.13Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.