Then shall the kingdom of the heavens be··likened unto ten virgins, who◦ taking their lamps◦, came··out to◦ meet the Bridegroom.
And◦ five of them were prudent, and five foolish.
They who were foolish, taking their lamps◦, did not take oil with them.
And◦ the prudent took oil in their vessels◦ with their lamps◦.
And◦ while the Bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
And◦ in the middle of the night there was· a cry ·made◦, Behold◦, the Bridegroom comes; come· ye ·out to◦ meet Him.
Then all those virgins arose, and adorned their lamps◦.
And◦ the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, because our lamps◦ are extinguished.
And◦ the prudent answered, saying, Not so, lest there be not sufficient for us and for you; but◦ go ye rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.
But◦ when they were gone▵ to buy, the Bridegroom came; and they who were prepared went in with Him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
And◦ afterwards came also the rest of the virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
And◦ He answering, said◦, Amen I say to you, I have not known◦ you.
Watch therefore, because you know◦ not the day, nor the hour, in which the Son of Man comes.
For◦ He is just··as a man going··abroad, who called his··own▵ servants, and delivered··up to them his belongings.
And to one he gave five talents, and◦ to another two, and◦ to another one; to every one according to his··own▵ ability*; and straightway went··abroad.
And◦ going, he who had received the five talents, worked with them, and made another five talents.
And likewise◦ he who had received the two, he also gained another two.
But◦ he who received one, departing◦, dug in the earth, and hid the silver of his lord.
And◦ after much time◦ the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them.
And when he came who had received five talents, he brought··to him another five talents, saying, Lord, thou didst deliver up to me five talents; behold, I have gained another five talents besides them.
And◦ his lord declared◦ to him, Well◦ done, good◦ and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful in a few things; I will appoint thee over many. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
And◦ also he receiving the two talents coming, said, Lord, thou hast delivered up to me two talents; behold I have gained another two talents besides them.
His lord declared◦ to him, Well◦ done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful in a few things; I will appoint thee over many. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
And◦ also he receiving the one talent coming, said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sowed, and gathering whence thou hast not scattered;
and being afraid, going··away I hid thy talent in the earth; behold, thou hast thine own.
And◦ his lord answering said to him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest◦ that I reap where I have not sown, and gather whence I have not scattered;
thou shouldest therefore have cast my silver to the bankers*, and when I◦ came I should have received▵ my··own◦ with◦ interest.
Take therefore from him the talent, and give it to him who has ten talents.
For to everyone who has shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but◦ from him who has not, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
And cast out the useless servant into the outer darkness, where◦ there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
And◦ when the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit on the throne of His glory;
and before Him shall be gathered together all the nations; and He shall separate them one from the other, just··as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
And He shall stand the sheep indeed on His right··hand, but◦ the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say▵ to those on His right··hand, Come▵ ye, the blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world;
for I was hungry, and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me to drink; I was a sojourner, and you gathered Me in;
naked, and you clothed Me; I was··sick*, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.
Then shall the just answer Him, saying, Lord, when▫ did we see◦ Thee hungry, and fed Thee, or thirsty, and gave· Thee ·to··drink?
And◦ when▫ did we see◦ Thee a sojourner, and gathered Thee in, or naked, and clothed* Thee?
And◦ when▫ did we see◦ Thee sick, or in prison, and came to Thee?
And the King answering shall say▵ to them, Amen I say to you, As··much··as you have done it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me.
And then shall He say▵ to them on the left··hand▵, Go ye from Me, cursed ones, into the eternal fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels;
for I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me not to drink.
I was a sojourner, and you did not gather Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.
Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when▫ did we see◦ Thee hungry, or thirsty, or a sojourner, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?
Then shall He answer them saying, Amen I say to you, As much as you did it not to one of these, the least, neither have you done it to Me.
And these shall go··away◦ into eternal punishment, but◦ the just into eternal life.