1 Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their own lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom; 2 and five of them were foolish, and five wise. 3 The foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took oil in the vessels with their lamps. 5 And while the bridegroom delayed, all slumbered and slept;
7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their own lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, [No]; lest there be not enough for us and you; go rather to those that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy the bridegroom came; and the ready went in with him to the wedding, and the door was shut.
14 For, as a man going abroad called his servants, and delivered to them his estates; 15 to one he gave five talents [$5,000], to another two [$2,000], and to another one [$1,000]; to each according to his ability, and immediately went abroad. 16 And he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five; 17 in like manner, also, he that received the two gained two others; 18 but he that received the one went away and dug in the earth and hid his lord's money.
19 And after a long time the lord of those servants came, and had a settlement with them. 20 And he that received the five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, Lord, you committed to me five talents; behold, I have gained five other talents.
21 His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few [talents], I will place you over many: enter into the joy of your lord.
22 And he that received the two talents also came to him and said, Lord, you committed to me two talents; behold, I have gained two others.
23 His Lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few [talents], I will place you over many: enter into the joy of your lord.
24 And he that received the one talent also came and said, Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you have not sowed, and gathering where you have not scattered, 25 and being afraid I went away and hid your talent in the earth; behold, you have what is yours.
26 And his Lord answered and said to him, Evil and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather whence I have not scattered? 27 And you ought then to have given my money to the brokers, and at my coming, I should have received my own with interest.
28 Take his talent, therefore, from him, and give it to him that has ten talents; 29 for to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have an abundance; but from him that has not, even what he has shall be taken away; 30 and cast the unprofitable servant into the darkness outside; there shall be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.
31 But when the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory, 32 and all the nations shall be assembled before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and he shall place the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on his left. 34 Then shall the king say to those on his right hand, Come, blessed of my Father, 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 naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, 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 you?
40 And the king shall answer and say to them, I tell you truly, that inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me. 41 Then shall he say to those on his left hand, Depart from me accursed, 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 a stranger, and you took me not in; sick and in prison and you visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer and say, Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not serve you?
45 Then he shall answer them saying, I tell you truly, that inasmuch as you have not done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have not done it to me.