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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
MATTHEW

CHAPTER 25

c. A Parable for Watchfulness
25:1-13


1 At that time the 1akingdom of the heavens will be likened to 2ten 3bvirgins, who took their 4clamps and 5went forth to dmeet the 6ebridegroom.

2 And 1afive of them were 2bfoolish and 1five were cprudent.

3 For the foolish, when they took their lamps, did not take 1oil with them;

4 But the prudent took oil in their 1avessels with their lamps.

5 And while the bridegroom adelayed, they all became 1bdrowsy and 2cslept.

6 But at 1midnight there was a 2acry, Behold, the bridegroom! Go forth to 3meet him!

7 Then all those virgins 1aarose and 2trimmed their own lamps.

8 And the foolish said to the prudent, 1Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are 2going out.

9 But the prudent answered, saying, Perhaps there will 1not be enough for us and for you; go rather to 2athose who sell, and 3bbuy for yourselves.

10 And as they were going away to buy, the bridegroom 1acame; and 2those who were 3bready 4went in with him to the 5cwedding feast. And the 6door was dshut.

11 And later the rest of the virgins 1came also, saying, aLord, lord, open to us!

12 But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do 1not know you.

13 1aWatch therefore, for you do not know the bday nor the hour.


d. A Parable for Faithfulness
25:14-30


14 aFor the 1kingdom of the heavens is just like a 2man about to go 2babroad, who called his own 3cslaves and delivered to them 4his dpossessions.

15 To one he gave five 1atalents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his 2own ability. And he went abroad.

16 Immediately he who had received the five talents went and 1traded with them and 2gained another five.

17 Similarly, he who had received the two gained another two.

18 But he who had received the 1one went off and 2dug in the earth and 3hid his master's money.

19 Now after a 1long time the master of those slaves 2came and 3asettled accounts with them.

20 And he who had received the five talents 1came and brought another five talents, saying, Master, you delivered to me five talents; behold, I have gained 2another five talents.

21 His master said to him, Well done, good and afaithful slave. You were faithful over a 1few things; I will bset you 2over 3many things. Enter into the 4cjoy of your master.

22 And he who had received the two talents also came and said, Master, you delivered to me two talents; behold, I have gained another two talents.

23 His master said to him, 1Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will 2set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.

24 Then he who had received the one talent also 1came and said, Master, I 2knew about you, that you are a 3hard man, reaping where you did 4not sow, and gathering where you did 4not 5winnow.

25 And I was 1afraid and 2went off and hid your talent in the earth; behold, 3you have what is yours.

26 And his master answered and said to him, aEvil and bslothful slave, you knew that 1I reap where I did not sow and gather where I did not winnow.

27 Therefore you should have 1deposited my money with the money changers; and when I came, I would have recovered what is mine with 2interest.

28 1Take away therefore the talent from him and 2give it to him who has the ten talents.

29 For 1ato every one who has, more shall be given, and he shall abound; but from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.

30 And 1acast out the useless slave into the 2outer darkness. In that place 3there will be the 4bweeping and the gnashing of teeth.


3. Concerning the Nations
25:31-46

a. Christ Coming to Be Enthroned in Glory
v.31


31 1But when the 2aSon of Man 3bcomes in His 4glory and all the angels with Him, at that time He will sit on the 5cthrone of His glory.


b. Gathering All the Nations for the Exercising of Judgment
vv.32-46

32 And all the 1anations will be gathered bbefore Him, and He will separate them from one another, just as the 2cshepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

33 And He will set the sheep on His 1aright hand and the goats on the left.

34 Then the aKing will say to those on His right hand, Come, you who are bblessed of My Father, 1inherit the kingdom prepared for you 2cfrom the foundation of the world.

35 For I was 1hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me a adrink; I was a stranger and you took Me in,

36 Naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.

37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when have we seen You hungry and have fed You, or thirsty and have given You a drink?

38 And when have we seen You a stranger and have taken You in, or naked and have clothed You?

39 And when have we seen You sick or in prison and have come to You?

40 And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have 1done it to one of 2these, the aleast of My 3bbrothers, you have done it to cMe.

41 Then He will say also to those on the left, Go away from Me, you who are cursed, into the 1aeternal fire 2prepared for the devil and his bangels.

42 For I was hungry and you did not give Me anything to eat; I was thirsty and you did not give Me a drink;

43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.

44 Then they also will answer, saying, Lord, when have we seen You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to You?

45 Then He will answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you 1did not do it to one of the least of these, neither have you done it to aMe.

46 And these shall go away into eternal 1punishment, but the 2righteous 3ainto eternal life.