Bible: Matt 24:42-25:30

24:42Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day 1  your Lord will come. 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief 2  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. 3 

The Faithful and Wise Slave

24:45Who then is the faithful and wise slave, 4  whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves 5  their food at the proper time? 24:46 Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work 6  when he comes. 24:47 I tell you the truth, 7  the master 8  will put him in charge of all his possessions. 24:48 But if 9  that evil slave should say to himself, 10 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, 11  and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25:1At 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 12  of the virgins 13  were foolish, and five were wise. 25:3 When 14  the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take extra 15  olive oil 16  with them. 25:4 But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. 25:5 When 17  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.’ 18  25:7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 25:8 The 19  foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 25:9 No,’ they replied. 20 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 21  the door was shut. 25:11 Later, 22  the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord! Let us in!’ 23  25:12 But he replied, 24 I tell you the truth, 25  I do not know you!’ 25:13 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. 26 

The Parable of the Talents

25:14For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves 27  and entrusted his property to them. 25:15 To 28  one he gave five talents, 29  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 30  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 31  a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 25:20 The 32  one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, 33  you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 25:21 His master answered, 34 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 35  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 36  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, 37 Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? 25:27 Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, 38  and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! 39  25:28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. 40  25:29 For the one who has will be given more, 41  and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 42  25:30 And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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