a. Watching and Being Ready
32 1aBut learn the parable from the 2bfig tree: As soon as its branch has 3become tender and 4puts forth its leaves, you know that the 5summer is near.
33 So also you, when you see 1all these things, know that 2it is near, at the doors.
34 Truly I say to you that this 1ageneration shall by no means pass away until all these things happen.
35 Heaven and earth will apass away, but My bwords shall by no means pass away.
36 But concerning that aday and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of the heavens nor the 1Son, but the Father only.
37 aFor just as the 1days of Noah were, so will the bcoming of the Son of Man be.
38 1For as they were in those days before the flood, 2eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day in which aNoah entered into the ark,
39 And they did not know that judgment was coming until the flood came and took all away, so also will the acoming of the Son of Man be.
40 1aAt that time two 2men will be 3in the field; one is 4taken and one is left.
41 Two 1women will be 2grinding at the mill; one is 3taken and one is left.
42 1aWatch btherefore, for you do not know on what day 1your Lord comes.
43 But know this, that if the 1householder had known in which watch the 2athief was coming, he would have watched and would not have allowed his 1house to be broken into.
44 For this reason you also be aready, because at an hour when you do not expect it, the Son of Man is 1coming.
b. Being Faithful and Prudent
45 Who then is the 1afaithful and 1prudent slave, whom the master has set over his 2household to 3give them food at the proper time?
46 1Blessed is that slave whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
47 Truly I say to you that he will aset him 1over all his possessions.
48 But if that 1evil slave says in his heart, My master adelays,
49 And begins to 1beat his fellow slaves and 2eats and drinks with the adrunken,
50 The master of that slave will come on a aday when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know,
51 And will 1cut him asunder and appoint his 2portion with the 3hypocrites. In that place there will be the 4aweeping and the gnashing of teeth.
c. A Parable for Watchfulness
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
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.