Ten Virgins

Jesus told a few parables about the end times. “The Ten Virgins” is one of them.

Matthew 25:1-13

The kingdom of heaven is likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Those who were foolish took their lamps but took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

While the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

At midnight a cry was made: Behold, the bridegroom comes; go out to meet him.

Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

The foolish (to the wise): Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are gone out.

The wise: No, lest there not be enough for us and you. Go to them that sell and buy for yourselves.

While the foolish virgins went to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.

Afterward the foolish virgins came also.

The foolish virgins (at the door): Lord, Lord, open to us.

The Lord: Truly, I do no know you.

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man comes.

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