Parable of the Ten Virgins
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What Has Come Before
Jesus answered the disciples, "Do you see these great walls? The time is coming when these buildings shall be thrown down when not one stone that you are looking upon shall be left in its place; when the very foundations of this house and this city shall be torn up."
These words filled the followers of Jesus with the deepest sorrow, for they loved the Temple and the city of Jerusalem, as all Jews loved it, and to them its fall seemed the ruin of he whole world. Yet they believed the words of their Master, for they knew that he was a prophet, whose words were sure to come to pass, and that he was more than a prophet, even the son of God.
They walked with Jesus down into the valley of the brook Kedron, and up the slopes of the Mount of Olives.
There were ten young women who were going out one night with their lamps in their hands to meet the bridegroom. Five of these young women were wise, and five were foolish. Those that were foolish took with them their lighted lamps, but had no more oil than that which was in their lamps; but each of the wise young women carried also a bottle of oil. It was night, and while they were waiting for the bridal party they all fell asleep. At midnight all were awaked by the sudden cry, "The bridegroom is coming! Go out to meet him!"
Then all the young women rose up, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish ones said, "Let us have some of your oil, for our lamps are going out." But the other young women said there would not be enough for all of them, so they better go buy oil for themselves. The young women who had no oil went away to buy, and while they were away the bridegroom came, and those that were ready went in with them to the feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other young women came, knocking on the door, and calling out, "Lord, Lord, open to us!"
But he said, "I do not know you", and he would not open the door. Watch, therefore, for you do not know the day nor the hour when your Lord will come."
Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
Jesus also gave to his disciples another parable or picture of what, shall come to pass at the end of the world. He said, "When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the angels of God shall come with him, then he shall sit on his glorious throne as King. And before him shall be brought together all the people of the world, and he shall divide them, and make them stand apart, just as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. And he shall put his sheep on his right hand, and the goats on his left. Then the King shall say to those on his right hand, Come, you whom my Father has blessed. Come, and take the kingdom which God has made ready for you. 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 into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothes. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me."
Then all those on the right of the King will say, "Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you, or thirsty and gave thee drink? And when did we see you a stranger, and took you in, or naked and gave thee clothes? And when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?"
And the King shall answer, and shall say to them, "Inasmuch as you did it to one of these my brothers, even the very least of them, you did it to me." Then the King shall turn to those on his left hand, and shall say to them, "Go away from me, you cursed ones, into the everlasting fire which has been made ready for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me no food. I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink. I was a stranger, and you did not open your doors to me. I was naked, and you gave me no clothes. I was sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me."
Then shall they answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not help you?" And the King shall say to them, "Inasmuch as you did it not to one of these, the least of my brothers, you did it not to me. And the wicked shall go away to be punished forever, but the righteous unto everlasting life."
After these words, Jesus went with his disciples again to Bethany.