Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, the friends of the bride, who took their lights, and went out with the purpose of meeting the husband.
And he gave them another story, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who put good seed in his field:
The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who made a feast when his son was married,
Let us be glad with delight, and let us give glory to him: because the time is come for the Lamb to be married, and his wife has made herself ready.
And I saw the holy town, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, like a bride made beautiful for her husband.
And Jesus said to them, Will the friends of the newly-married man be sad as long as he is with them? But the days will come when he will be taken away from them, and then will they go without food.
Be ready, dressed as for a journey, with your lights burning.
He who has the bride is the husband: but the husband's friend, whose place is by his side and whose ears are open to him, is full of joy because of the husband's voice: such is my joy, and it is complete.
And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels in which were the seven last punishments, came and said to me, Come here, and see the bride, the Lamb's wife.
Kings' daughters are among your noble women: on your right is the queen in gold of Ophir.
She will come before the king in robes of needlework; the virgins in her train will come before you.
Sweet is the smell of your perfumes; your name is as perfume running out; so the young girls give you their love.
I say to you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you see my loved one, what will you say to him? That I am overcome with love.
His mouth is most sweet; yes, he is all beautiful. This is my loved one, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
There are sixty queens, and eighty servant-wives, and young girls without number.
For your Maker is your husband; the Lord of armies is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is he who takes up your cause; he will be named the God of all the earth.
You will not now be named, She who is given up; and your land will no longer be named, The waste land: but you will have the name, My pleasure is in her, and your land will be named, Married: for the Lord has pleasure in you, and your land will be married.
And in the days of those kings, the God of heaven will put up a kingdom which will never come to destruction, and its power will never be given into the hands of another people, and all these kingdoms will be broken and overcome by it, but it will keep its place for ever.
Even so let your light be shining before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
He put another story before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and put in his field:
And the field is the world; and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom; and the evil seeds are the sons of the Evil One;
The kingdom of heaven is like a secret store of wealth in a field, which a man came across and put back again; and in his joy he goes and gives all he has, to get that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, which was put into the sea and took in every sort of fish:
For the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a house, who went out early in the morning to get workers into his vine-garden.
Be watching, then! for you have no knowledge on what day your Lord will come.
And Jesus said to them, Will the friends of a newly-married man go without food while he is with them? as long as they have him with them they will not go without food.
And Jesus said, Are you able to make the friends of the newly-married man go without food when he is with them?
But give attention to yourselves, for fear that your hearts become over-full of the pleasures of food and wine, and the cares of this life, and that day may come on you suddenly, and take you as in a net:
And there were a number of lights in the room where we had come together.
Now I am pleased to see that you keep me in memory in all things, and that you give attention to the teaching which was handed down from me to you.
For I have a very great care for you: because you have been married by me to one husband, and it is my desire to give you completely holy to Christ.
Husbands, have love for your wives, even as Christ had love for the church, and gave himself for it;
So that you may be holy and gentle, children of God without sin in a twisted and foolish generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,
From now on, the crown of righteousness is made ready for me, which the Lord, the upright judge, Will give to me at that day: and not only to me, but to all those who have had love for his revelation.
Looking for the glad hope, the revelation of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ;
And it seems right to me, as long as I am in this tent of flesh, to keep your minds awake by working on your memory;
Looking for and truly desiring the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will come to an end through fire, and the substance of the earth will be changed by the great heat?
And out of the high seat came flames and voices and thunders. And seven lights of fire were burning before the high seat, which are the seven Spirits of God;
These are they who have not made themselves unclean with women; for they are virgins. These are they who go after the Lamb wherever he goes. These were taken from among men to be the first fruits to God and to the Lamb.