Matthew 25

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1 Then shall the kingdom of the heavens be·​·likened unto ten virgins, who taking their lamps, came·​·out to meet the Bridegroom.

2 And five of them were prudent, and five foolish.

3 They who were foolish, taking their lamps, did not take oil with them.

4 And the prudent took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 And while the Bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And in the middle of the night there was· a cry ·made, Behold, the Bridegroom comes; come· ye ·out to meet Him.

7 Then all those virgins arose, and adorned their lamps.

8 And the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, because our lamps are extinguished.

9 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.

10 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.

11 And afterwards came also the rest of the virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 And He answering, said, Amen I say to you, I have not known you.

13 Watch therefore, because you know not the day, nor the hour, in which the Son of Man comes.

14 For He is just·​·as a man going·​·abroad, who called his·​·own servants, and delivered·​·up to them his belongings.

15 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.

16 And going, he who had received the five talents, worked with them, and made another five talents.

17 And likewise he who had received the two, he also gained another two.

18 But he who received one, departing, dug in the earth, and hid the silver of his lord.

19 And after much time the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them.

20 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.

21 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.

22 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.

23 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.

24 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;

25 and being afraid, going·​·away I hid thy talent in the earth; behold, thou hast thine own.

26 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;

27 thou shouldest therefore have cast my silver to the bankers*, and when I came I should have received my·​·own with interest.

28 Take therefore from him the talent, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 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.

30 And cast out the useless servant into the outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

31 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;

32 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.

33 And He shall stand the sheep indeed on His right·​·hand, but the goats on the left.

34 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;

35 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;

36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was·​·sick*, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.

37 Then shall the just answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see Thee hungry, and fed Thee, or thirsty, and gave· Thee ·to·​·drink?

38 And when did we see Thee a sojourner, and gathered Thee in, or naked, and clothed* Thee?

39 And when did we see Thee sick, or in prison, and came to Thee?

40 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.

41 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;

42 for I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me not to drink.

43 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.

44 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?

45 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.

46 And these shall go·​·away into eternal punishment, but the just into eternal life.

  
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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.