1 "Then will the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten maidens who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride.
2 "And five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
3 "The foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them;
4 "but the wise took oil in their flasks with their lamps.
5 "Now because the bridegroom tarried, they all fell to nodding and went on sleeping.
6 "But at midnight there arose a cry, "Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him!
7 "Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps;
8 "and the foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.
9 "Not so, answered the wise, for there may not be enough for you and for us. Go to the shops, rather, and buy some for yourselves.
10 "And while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding-feast. And the door was shut.
11 "Afterwards the other maidens came and cried, "Lord, Lord, open unto us!
12 "In solemn truth I tell you, he replied, I know you not.
13 "Be watchful then, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
14 "For it is like a man going into another country, who summoned his slaves, and committed his property to their care.
15 "To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another, one - to each according to his individual ability - and then set out on his travels.
16 "At once the man who had received the five talents went out and traded with them, and made five talents more.
17 "In the same way the one who got two talents made another two.
18 "But he who had received the one talent went off, and dug a hole in the ground, and hid his masters money.
19 "After a long time the master of those slaves came, and demanded a reckoning with them.
20 "The man who had received the five talents came, bringing five more, and said. "Master, five talents you entrusted to me; see, I have gained five more.
21 "Well done, good and faithful slave, replied his master; You have been faithful over many things. Enter into your masters joy.
22 "The second, who had received the two talents, came up and said. "Master, it was two talents that you entrusted to me; see, I have gained two more.
23 "Well done, good and faithful slave, his master replied, You have been faithful over many things; enter into your masters joy.
24 "Then the man who had received the one talent came up and said. "Master, I knew you were a hard man, reaping where you had not sown, and gathering where you had not scattered;
25 "so I was afraid; I went away and buried your talent in the earth. There, you have what belongs to you!
26 "You wicked and lazy slave, said his master. You say you knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not scattered?
27 "Then you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my property with interest.
28 "So take away the talent from him, and give it to the man who has ten talents.
29 "(For to every one who has, it shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not shall be taken away even what he has.)
30 "But cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
31 "But when the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then will he take his seat on the throne of his glory;
32 "and all the nations will be gathered in his presence. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats;
33 "and he will place the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on his left.
34 "Then he, the King will say to those on his right hand. "Come, my Fathers blessed ones, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 "For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in;
36 "I was naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to see me.
37 "Then shall the righteous answer him, saying. Master, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink?
38 "When did we see you a stranger and take you in; or naked and clothe you?
39 "When did we see you sick or in prison, and come to see you?
40 "In solemn truth I tell you, the King will answer them, that inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brothers, you have done it unto me.
41 "Then he will say to those also at his left hand. Depart from me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
42 "for I was hungry, and you gave me no food; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
43 "I was a stranger, and you took me not in; naked, and you clothed me not; sick, or in prison, and you visited me not.
44 "Then will they also answer, Master, when did we ever see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?
45 "But he will reply, In solemn truth I tell you that inasmuch as you did not do it unto one of these least, you did not do it unto me.
46 "And these will go away into eternal punishment; but the righteous into eternal life."