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Matthew 25

NLT 1 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. MSG 1 "God's kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. NLT 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. MSG 2 Five were silly and five were smart. NLT 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, MSG 3 The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. NLT 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. MSG 4 The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. NLT 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. MSG 5 The bridegroom didn't show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep. NLT 6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ MSG 6 "In the middle of the night someone yelled out, 'He's here! The bridegroom's here! Go out and greet him!' NLT 7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. MSG 7 "The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. NLT 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ MSG 8 The silly virgins said to the smart ones, 'Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.' NLT 9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ MSG 9 "They answered, 'There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.' NLT 10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. MSG 10 "They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked. NLT 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ MSG 11 "Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, 'Master, we're here. Let us in.' NLT 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ MSG 12 "He answered, 'Do I know you? I don't think I know you.' NLT 13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return. MSG 13 "So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive. NLT 14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. MSG 14 "It's also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. NLT 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. MSG 15 To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. NLT 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. MSG 16 Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master's investment. NLT 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. MSG 17 The second did the same. NLT 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. MSG 18 But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master's money. NLT 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. MSG 19 "After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. NLT 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ MSG 20 The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. NLT 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! ’ MSG 21 His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.' NLT 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ MSG 22 "The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master's investment. NLT 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ MSG 23 His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.' NLT 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. MSG 24 "The servant given one thousand said, 'Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. NLT 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ MSG 25 I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.' NLT 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, MSG 26 "The master was furious. 'That's a terrible way to live! It's criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? NLT 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ MSG 27 The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest. NLT 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. MSG 28 "'Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this "play-it-safe" who won't go out on a limb. NLT 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. MSG 29 NLT 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ MSG 30 Throw him out into utter darkness.' NLT 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. MSG 31 "When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. NLT 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. MSG 32 Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, NLT 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. MSG 33 putting sheep to his right and goats to his left. NLT 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 creation of the world. MSG 34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. NLT 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. MSG 35 And here's why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, NLT 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ MSG 36 I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.' NLT 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? MSG 37 "Then those 'sheep' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? NLT 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? MSG 38 And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' NLT 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ MSG 39 NLT 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ MSG 40 Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me - you did it to me.' NLT 41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. MSG 41 "Then he will turn to the 'goats,' the ones on his left, and say, 'Get out, worthless goats! You're good for nothing but the fires of hell. NLT 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. MSG 42 And why? Because - I was hungry and you gave me no meal, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, NLT 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ MSG 43 I was homeless and you gave me no bed, I was shivering and you gave me no clothes, Sick and in prison, and you never visited.' NLT 44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ MSG 44 "Then those 'goats' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn't help?' NLT 45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ MSG 45 "He will answer them, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me - you failed to do it to me.' NLT 46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” MSG 46 "Then those 'goats' will be herded to their eternal doom, but the 'sheep' to their eternal reward."

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