25. The Parable of the Ten Virgins
(New International Version)

1 At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 
2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 
3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 
4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. ' 
5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 
6 At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 
7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 
8 The foolish ones said to the wise, Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 
9 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' 
10 But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 
11 Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' 
12 But he replied. 'I tell you the truth. I don't know you. ' 
13 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. 
 

25. The Parable of the Ten Virgins
(King James) 

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 
9 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. 
10 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. 
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.


To better understand this Parable, Read Matthew 24, Signs of the End of the Age
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