1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps
1. Or torches
 and went to meet the bridegroom.
2. Some manuscripts add and the bride
 (Mt 9:15; Lu 19:13; Joh 3:29; Re 19:7; Re 21:2; Re 21:9)2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. (Mt 24:45)3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. (Mt 24:48; Mt 25:19; Heb 10:37; 2Pe 3:4; 2Pe 3:9)6But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ (Mr 13:35)7Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. (Lu 12:35)8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’9But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. (Mt 22:2; Mt 24:44; Lu 13:25)11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ (Mt 7:22)12But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ (Mt 10:33; Mt 25:11; 2Ti 2:19)13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Mt 24:42; Mt 24:50)
The Parable of the Talents
14“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants
1. A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer
 to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. (Mt 18:24; Mt 25:14; Ro 12:6; 1Co 12:11; Eph 4:7; 1Pe 4:10)16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. (Mt 13:44)19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. (Mt 18:23; Mt 25:5; Lu 16:2; Ro 14:12)20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.
1. Or bondservant; also verses 23, 26, 30
 You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Mt 24:45; Mt 24:47; Mt 25:23; Lu 16:10; Joh 15:11; 1Co 4:2; 1Ti 3:13; Heb 12:2)22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, (1Sa 25:3; 2Co 8:12)25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ (Mt 20:14)26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? (Pr 20:4; Mt 18:32; Ro 12:11)27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.29For 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. (Mt 13:12; Lu 12:48)30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Mt 8:12; Lu 17:10)