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Five Fickle Females vs. Five Fair Females

(Chapter 25, verses 1-13)

 

     (1) The government of the heavens will be liked to ten virgins that took lamps with them as they went out to meet the bridegroom. (2) Five of them were fickle, and five were fair. (3) The fickle took their lamps, but didn't take oil to light them. (4) The fair, however, took oil in their receptacles along with their lamps. (5) The bridegroom was taking a long time, so they all nodded off and eventually fell asleep. (6) In the dead of night someone yelled, ‘The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him.' (7) So they all got up and put their lamps in order. (8) The fickle females said to the fair ones, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps are almost out.' (9) The fair ones replied, ‘There might not be enough for all of us if we do that. Instead, maybe you should go and buy some from the people who sell it.' (10) In the meantime, while they were on their way to buy oil the bridegroom arrived. The fair virgins who were ready went with him into the marriage feast, and the door was shut behind them. (11) Afterwards, the rest of the virgins came, anxiously requesting, ‘Sir, sir, please open the door!' (12) He answered, ‘I'm being truthful when I say that I don't know any of you.'

 

     (13) "Stay alert, therefore, because you don't know the day or the hour."   

 

Wealthy Businessman Gives Three Financial

Advisors Money for Investments

(Chapter 25, verses 14-18)

 

     (14) It's just like when a wealthy businessman is about to go on an overseas trip. He calls a business meeting with his financial advisors and gives them money to invest for him. (15) He gave one five highly valued silver coins, to another two, and to yet another advisor, he gave one; each according to his own business acumen. He then went abroad.  (16) Right away, the one that got five conducted business and gained five more. (17) Likewise, the one that received two gained two more. (18) But the one that received just one went off, dug a hole in the ground, and buried his boss's highly valued silver coin.

 

First Two Financial Advisors Rewarded

(Chapter 25, verses 19-23)

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     (19) "After quite some time the wealthy business man returned from his trip abroad. He then came to his financial advisors to see how well his investments had done. (20) So the one that received five silver coins came forward and produced five additional ones, explaining, ‘Sir, you entrusted me with five valuable silver coins, and, as you can see, I gained five more.' (21) The boss said to him, ‘Good job, you trusted employee! Since you were trustworthy with this smaller matter I'll give you even greater responsibilities. Revel in the fact that you have your boss's vote of confidence.' (22) Next, the one that received two silver coins approached and said, ‘Sir, you gave me two silver coins. As you can see, I gained two more.' (23) The boss said to him, ‘Good job, you trusted employee! Since you were trustworthy with this smaller matter, I'll give you even greater responsibilities. Revel in the fact that you have your boss's vote of confidence.'

 

Financial Advisor Number Three Banished

(Chapter 25, verses 24-30)

 

     (24) ‘Finally, the financial advisor that received one silver coin came forward and explained, ‘Boss, I have known you to be a hardcore businessman who conducts hostile takeovers and sponsors aggressive leverage buyouts. (25) Since these tactics intimidate me, I kept your valuable silver coin buried safely in the ground. Here it is, safe and sound." (26) His boss replied, ‘You wicked, sly, and spineless employee! So you knew me to be a hardcore businessman who conducts hostile takeovers and sponsors aggressive leverage buyouts? (27) In that case, you should've deposited my money with the bankers and on my arrival I would've received both my money and the accrued interest.

 

     (28) "Given the circumstances, take away the silver coin from him and give it to the one that has ten coins. (29) For to everyone that has even more will be given, and that one will have a stockpile of goods. But as for the one that doesn't have a lot, even what little he has will be confiscated. (30) Throw that nonproductive employee into the darkness outside. He'll be so vexed that he'll weep bitterly, frowning and clenching his teeth as he does.

 

The Shepherd Separates Sheep from Goats

(Chapter 25, verses 31-33)

 

     (31) "When the Son of Man arrives in all his glory, along with all the angels with him, he'll sit on his glorious throne. (32) And all ethnic groups will be gathered before him. He'll then separate people one from the other just as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. (33) He'll put the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.

 

Sheep Praised

(Chapter 25, verses 34-40)

 

     (34) "Then the king will invite those on his right, ‘Come, you who have been blessed by my Father, inherit the government prepared for you from the time the world was founded. (35) For I became hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you took me in; (36) wearing rags and you clothe me. I got sick and you took care of me. I was imprisoned and you visited me.' (37) Then those righteous ones will respond, ‘Lord, we don't recall seeing you hungry and feeding you, or thirsty, and giving you something to drink. When did all this happen? (38) When was it that you were a stranger and we took you in, or wearing a threadbare garment and clothe you? (39) When did we see you sick and imprisoned and visited you?' (40) And in reply the king will answer them, ‘Rest assured when I say this, To the extent that you did it to the most unassuming of these my brothers, you did it to me.'

 

Goats Sentenced

(Chapter 25, verses 41-46)

 

     (41) "Then he'll turn his attention to those on his left, saying, ‘Be gone from me--cursed ones--into the perpetual fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. (42) For I became hungry, but you didn't fed me; I was thirsty, but you gave me nothing to drink. (43) I was a stranger, but you showed me no hospitality; wearing rags, but you offered me no clothes; sick and in prison, but you didn't look after me.' (44) Then they'll respond by asking, ‘Lord, we don't recall seeing you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or in need of clothing or sick or in prison and did not attend to all your needs. When did our supposed negligence take place?' (45) He'll then answer by saying, ‘Truer words will never by spoken as the ones I'm about to say to you now, To the extent that you didn't do it to the most unassuming of these my brothers, you didn't do it to me.' (46) And the lives of these will be cut off everlastingly, but the righteous ones will live everlastingly.

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