Matthew 25

1 Then the kingdom of the heavens will be similar to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went forth to the encounter of the bridegroom. 2 Now five out of them were prudent and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish, having taken their lamps, took no oil with them; 4 but the prudent took oil in their containers with their lamps. 5 Now the bridegroom while he was delaying, they all slumbered and were sleeping. 6 But in the middle of the night, there has become an outcry, Behold, the bridegroom is coming! Go forth to the encounter of him. 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 Now the foolish said to the prudent, Give us some oil from your, your* oil, because our lamps are quenched. 9 But the prudent answered, saying, No, lest it might not be enough for us and you* too, but rather, travel to those who sell and buy for yourselves. 10 But while going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared entered with him to the marriage, feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later the rest of the virgins also came, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Assuredly I am saying to you*, I do not know you*. 13 Therefore watch, because you* do not know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

14 For* it is just, like a man, going, abroad, who called his own bondservants and gave to them his possessions. 15 And to one he gave five silver talants {5 x *1 million} , but to another two, and to another one; to each according to his own ability, and immediately went, abroad. 16 Now he who received the five talants traveled, and took them and worked with* them, and made* another five talants. 17 Likewise*, he who also received the two also gained another two. 18 But he who received the one, having gone away, shoveled in the soil and hid his lord' s silver. 19 Now after a long time, the lord of those bondservants comes back, and settles the account with them. 20 And he who received the five talants came and brought the other five talants, saying, Lord, You gave to me five talants. Behold, I have gained in addition to them, another five talants.

21 But his lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful bondservant. You were over a few things, I will be designating you over many things; enter into the joy of your, your* lord.

22 Now he who also received the two talants came and said, Lord, You gave to me two talants. Behold, I have gained in addition to them, another two talants.

23 His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful bondservant. You were faithful over a few things, I will be designating you over many things; enter into the joy of your, your* lord.

24 Now he who also had received the one talant came and said, Lord, I knew you, that you are a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering from where you did not scatter; 25 and I was afraid and went away and hid your, your* talant in the soil. Behold, you have your, your* own.

26 But his lord answered and said to him, You evil and lazy bondservant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather from where I did not scatter? 27 Therefore, you ought to have put my silver with the bankers, and when* I came, I might get back my own together with interest. 28 Therefore, take away the talant from him and give it to the one who has the ten talants. 29 For* to everyone who has, will be given more, and he will abound, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast out the useless bondservant into the outer darkness -- the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there.

31 But whenever the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the holy messengers with him. Then he will be sitting upon the throne of his glory; 32 and all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will be separating* them one from another, like the shepherd separates* the sheep from the goats; 33 and he will indeed stand the sheep at his right, but the goats at the left. 34 Then the King will be saying to those at his right, Come, here, those who have been blessed from my Father, inherit the kingdom which has been prepared for you* from the conception of the world: 35 for* I was hungry and you* gave me food to eat; I was thirsty and you* gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you* led me in; 36 I was naked and you* dressed 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 nourish you? Or thirsty and gave you a drink? 38 But when did we see you as a stranger and lead you in? Or naked and dressed you? 39 But when did we see you sick or in prison and came to you?

40 And when* the King answers, he will say to them, Assuredly I am saying to you*, Inasmuch as you* did it to one of these, my brethren, even the least, you* did it to me. 41 Then he will also say to them at the left, Travel away from me, you* those who have been cursed into the everlasting fire which has been prepared for the devil and his messengers: 42 for* I was hungry and you* did not give me anything to eat; I was thirsty and you* gave me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger and you* did not lead me in; naked and you* did not dress me; sick and in prison and you* did not visit me.

44 Then they will also answer, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, or as a stranger or naked, or sick or in prison, and did not serve you?

45 Then he will answer them, saying, Assuredly I am saying to you*, Inasmuch as you* did it not to one of these, the least, neither did you* do it to me. 46 And these will be going away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.

{Mk 14: 1-2 & Mt 26: 1-5 & Lk 22: 1-2 mountain Olives, Bethany, Jerusalem, Tues. Evening, Wed. for the Jews. }



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