Matthew 24:32-51

Parable of the Fig Tree

“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, [a]recognize that [b]He is near, right at the [c]door. Truly I say to you, this [d]generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For [e]the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not [f]understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then there will be two men in the field; one [g]will be taken and one [h]will be left. Two women will be grinding at the [i]mill; one [j]will be taken and one [k]will be left.

Be Ready for His Coming

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But [l]be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be [m]broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his [n]master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his [o]master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My [p]master [q]is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the [r]master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will [s]cut him in pieces and [t]assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Footnotes
  1. Matthew 24:33 Or know
  2. Matthew 24:33 Or it
  3. Matthew 24:33 Lit doors
  4. Matthew 24:34 Or race
  5. Matthew 24:37 Lit just as...were the days
  6. Matthew 24:39 Lit know
  7. Matthew 24:40 Lit is
  8. Matthew 24:40 Lit is
  9. Matthew 24:41 I.e. handmill
  10. Matthew 24:41 Lit is
  11. Matthew 24:41 Lit is
  12. Matthew 24:43 Lit know this
  13. Matthew 24:43 Lit dug through
  14. Matthew 24:45 Or lord
  15. Matthew 24:46 Or lord
  16. Matthew 24:48 Or lord
  17. Matthew 24:48 Lit lingers
  18. Matthew 24:50 Or lord
  19. Matthew 24:51 Or severely scourge him
  20. Matthew 24:51 Lit appoint his portion

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Matthew 25:1-13

Parable of Ten Virgins

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.

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