1“At that time the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went out to meet the bridegroom.
2Now five of them were foolish, and five were sensible.
3For the foolish ones, when they took their lamps, did not take oil with them,
4but the sensible ones took oil in flasks with their lamps.
5Now while the bridegroom was a long time in coming, they all became drowsy and began to sleep.
6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! The bridegroom! Go out to meet him!’
7Then all those virgins awoke, and trimmed their lamps.
8And the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
9But the sensible ones answered, saying, ‘No, lest there will not be enough for you and us too. Go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’
10But while they were going away to buy some, the bridegroom came, and the ones who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.
11And later the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us.’
12But he answered and said, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’
13Watch therefore, because you do not know the day nor the hour.
14“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like when a man going on a journey called his own slaves and entrusted his property to them.
15And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one; to each according to his own ability. And then he went on his journey.
16Immediately the one who received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.
17Likewise the one who received the two, gained two more.
18But the one who received the one talent, having gone out, dug in the earth and hid his lord’s money.
19“Now after a long time the lord of those slaves comes and settles accounts with them.
20And the one who received the five talents came and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Lord, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’
21His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
22And the one who received the two talents also came and said, ‘Lord, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’
23His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
24And the one who had received the one talent also came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter,
25and I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. See, you have that which is yours.’
26But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy slave. You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and I gather where I did not scatter,
27then you needed to deposit my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
28Therefore take away the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.
29For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance. But from the one that does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
30And cast the worthless slave out into the darkness outside; there will be sobbing and gnashing of teeth.’
31“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
32And all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33And he will put the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
34Then the King will say to the ones on his right, ‘Come, you who have been blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom that has been prepared for you from the foundation of the world,
35for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in;
36naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’
37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and fed you? Or thirsty, and gave you a drink?
38And when did we see you a stranger, and took you in? Or naked, and clothed you?
39And when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to you?’
40And the King, answering, will say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of these my brothers, even the least, you did it to me.’
41Then he will also say to the ones on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the fire of the coming Age, which has been prepared for the Devila and his angels.
42For I was hungry, and you did not give me anything to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
43I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in; naked, and you did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.’
44Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not serve you?’
45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, in so far as you did not do it to one of these least, you did not do it to me.’
46And these will go away into the punishment of the age to come; but the righteous into life in the age to come.”