Matthew 25:31-40

The Final Judgment

31 1"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, 2then he will sit on his glorious throne.
32 Before him 3will be gathered 4all the nations, and 5he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates 6the sheep from the goats.
33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
34 Then 7the King will say to 8those on his right, 'Come, you 9who are blessed by my Father, 10inherit 11the kingdom 12prepared for you 13from the foundation of the world.
35 For 14I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you 15gave me drink, 16I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36 17I was naked and you clothed me, 18I was sick and you 19visited me, 20I was in prison and you came to me.'
37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?'
40 And 21the King will answer them, 22'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these 23my brothers,[a] you did it to me.'

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Matthew 25:31-40 In-Context

29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?'
40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,

Cross References 23

  • 1. See Matthew 16:27, 28
  • 2. Matthew 19:28
  • 3. [Matthew 24:31]
  • 4. Joel 3:12; [Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19]
  • 5. Matthew 13:49
  • 6. Ezekiel 34:17
  • 7. ver. 40; Luke 19:38; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:16; [Isaiah 6:5]
  • 8. 1 Kings 2:19; Psalms 45:9; Psalms 110:1
  • 9. [Psalms 37:22; Isaiah 65:23; Ephesians 1:3]
  • 10. Matthew 19:29; Revelation 21:7
  • 11. Luke 12:32; Luke 22:29
  • 12. Matthew 20:23; [1 Corinthians 2:9; Hebrews 11:16]
  • 13. See Matthew 13:35
  • 14. Isaiah 58:7; Ezekiel 18:7, 16; [James 2:15, 16]
  • 15. Matthew 10:42
  • 16. Job 31:32; Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:1, 2; 3 John 5
  • 17. [See ver. 35 above]
  • 18. [Luke 10:33, 34]
  • 19. James 1:27
  • 20. 2 Timothy 1:16; [Hebrews 10:34; Hebrews 13:3]
  • 21. ver. 34
  • 22. See Matthew 10:40, 42
  • 23. Matthew 28:10; John 20:17; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 2:11; [Matthew 12:50]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or brothers and sisters
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