Bible: Matt. 24:32-25:26
The Parable of the Fig Tree
24:32 “Learn 1 this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 24:33 So also you, when you see all these things, know 2 that he is near, right at the door. 24:34 I tell you the truth, 3 this generation 4 will not pass away until all these things take place. 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 5
24:36 “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven 6 – except the Father alone. 24:37 For just like the days of Noah 7 were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:38 For in those days before the flood, people 8 were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 24:39 And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. 9 It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. 10 24:40 Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. 11 24:41 There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; 12 one will be taken and one left.
24:42 “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day 13 your Lord will come. 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief 14 was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 15
The Faithful and Wise Slave
24:45 “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, 16 whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves 17 their food at the proper time? 24:46 Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work 18 when he comes. 24:47 I tell you the truth, 19 the master 20 will put him in charge of all his possessions. 24:48 But if 21 that evil slave should say to himself, 22 ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 24:49 and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, 24:50 then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, 24:51 and will cut him in two, 23 and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
25:1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 25:2 Five 24 of the virgins 25 were foolish, and five were wise. 25:3 When 26 the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take extra 27 olive oil 28 with them. 25:4 But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. 25:5 When 29 the bridegroom was delayed a long time, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 25:6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him.’ 30 25:7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 25:8 The 31 foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 25:9 ‘No,’ they replied. 32 ‘There won’t be enough for you and for us. Go instead to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 25:10 But while they had gone to buy it, the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet. Then 33 the door was shut. 25:11 Later, 34 the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord! Let us in!’ 35 25:12 But he replied, 36 ‘I tell you the truth, 37 I do not know you!’ 25:13 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. 38
The Parable of the Talents
25:14 “For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves 39 and entrusted his property to them. 25:15 To 40 one he gave five talents, 41 to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 25:16 The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work 42 and gained five more. 25:17 In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. 25:18 But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. 25:19 After 43 a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 25:20 The 44 one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, 45 you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 25:21 His master answered, 46 ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:22 The 47 one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ 25:23 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:24 Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25:25 so 48 I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 25:26 But his master answered, 49 ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter?