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five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered, and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made; 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.' Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise; Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.' But the wise answered, saying; 'Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you; but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying; Lord, Lord, open to us.' But he answered and said; Verily I say unto you, I know you not.' Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of man cometh.
"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods; and unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also
gained other two. But he that had received one, went and digged in the earth and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents, came and brought other five talents, saying; 'Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents; behold, I have gained besides them five talents more.' His Lord said unto him; 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord." He also that had received two talents came and said; 'Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents; behold, I have gained two other talents besides them.' His lord said unto him; Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.' Then he which had received the one talent came and said; 'Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed; and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth; lo, there thou hast that is thine.' His lord answered and said unto him; Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed? Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers; and then at my coming I should have received mine
own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.''
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory, and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats; and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand; 'Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was a hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and visited me; I ye was in prison, and ye came unto me.' Then shall the righteous answer him, saying; 'Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?" "And the King shall answer and say unto them; Verily I say unto you, in as much as
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I. xxi. 37-88.
ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.'
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand; Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was a hungered, and ye gave me no ineat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; I was stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not, sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.' Then shall they also answer, saying; 'Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?'
"Then shall he answer them, saying; 'Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.' And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal."
And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples; "Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover; and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified."
And in the day-time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the Mount of Olives. And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.
Then assembled together the chief priests, xxvi. 3 and the Scribes, and the elders of the people,
unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiphas; and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said; "Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people." Then one Matt. of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto 14-16. the chief priests, and said unto them; " What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?" And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
Preparations for the Passover - Jesus washeth the
AND the first day of unleavened bread, when M.xiv. they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him; "Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayest eat the passover ?" And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them; "Go ye into the city; and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water; follow him; and wheresover he shall go in, say ye to the good-man of the house; The Master saith; Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?'' And he will show you