Prispodoba o deset djevica
1“Tada će s nebeskim kraljevstvom biti kao kad je deset djevica uzelo svjetiljke i pošlo u susret zaručniku. 2Pet ih je bilo budalastih, a pet mudrih. 3Budalaste djevice ponesu svjetiljke, ali ne i ulja. 4A mudre su skupa sa svjetiljkama ponijele i posude s uljem. 5Kako je zaručnik kasnio, sve one poliježu i zaspu.
6U ponoć se začula vika: ‘Zaručnik stiže! Iziđite pred njega!’
7Sve djevice ustanu da prirede svjetiljke. 8Budalaste tada zamole mudre: ‘Dajte nam od svojega ulja jer nam svjetiljke trnu.’ 9Ali one im odgovore: ‘Nipošto! Sigurno nema dovoljno i za vas i za nas. Pođite ga radije kupiti.’
10Kad su ga otišle kupiti, dođe zaručnik te one koje su bile pripravne uđu s njim na svadbu i vrata se zatvore. 11Poslije dođu i ostale djevice i stanu dozivati: ‘Gospodine! Gospodine, otvori nam!’ 12ali on će odgovoriti: ‘Zaista vam kažem: Ne poznajem vas.’
13Stoga bdijte jer ne znate dan ni čas mojega dolaska!
Prispodoba o trojici slugu
14Tada će s nebeskim kraljevstvom biti kao s čovjekom koji je, polazeći na put, pozvao sluge i povjerio im svoj imetak. 15Jednomu je dao pet vreća zlatnika,25:15 U grčkome: pet talenata. Talenat ima 34 kilograma. drugomu dvije, a trećemu jednu—svakome prema sposobnostima. Zatim je otputovao. 16Sluga koji je primio pet vreća zlatnika odmah ode, uloži ih i zaradi još pet vreća. 17Sluga s dvjema vrećama zlatnika također zaradi još dvije. 18Sluga koji je dobio samo jednu, naprotiv, iskopa rupu u zemlji i u nju skrije gospodarov novac.
19Poslije dugog vremena gospodar se vrati i zatraži od slugu da mu polože račun. 20Onaj kojemu je povjerio pet vreća zlatnika donese i drugih pet. ‘Gospodaru, dao si mi pet vreća zlatnika. Zaradio sam, eto, još pet.’ 21Gospodar mu nato reče: ‘Odlično, dobri i vjerni slugo! Bio si vjeran nad malim i zato ću te postaviti nad velikim. Dođi se radovati sa svojim gospodarom!’
22Zatim priđe sluga koji je primio dvije vreće zlatnika i reče: ‘Gospodaru, meni si dao dvije vreće. Zaradio sam još dvije.’ 23Gospodar mu reče: ‘Odlično, dobri i vjerni slugo! Bio si vjeran nad malim i zato ću te postaviti nad velikim. Dođi se radovati sa svojim gospodarom!’
24Priđe zatim sluga koji je primio jednu vreću te reče: ‘Gospodaru! Znao sam da si strog čovjek, da žanješ gdje nisi sijao i kupiš gdje nisi vijao. 25Zato sam se prestrašio i skrio tvoju vreću u zemlju. Evo, uzmi ju!’
26Ali gospodar mu reče: ‘Zli i lijeni slugo! Znao si da žanjem gdje nisam sijao i kupim gdje nisam vijao? 27Trebao si onda barem uložiti moj novac u banku25:27 U grčkome: kod novčara. pa bih nakon povratka dobio kamate.
28Oduzmite mu novac i dajte ga onome koji ima deset vreća zlatnika! 29Tko ima, dat će mu se još pa će obilovati, a onome tko nema oduzet će se i ono što ima. 30Bacite beskorisnoga slugu van u tamu. Ondje će biti plač i škrgut zuba.’”
O posljednjem sudu
31“Kad Sin Čovječji dođe u slavi i sa svim svojim anđelima, sjest će na prijestolje svoje slave. 32Tada će se svi narodi okupiti pred njime, a on će, kao što pastir odvaja ovce od koza, 33pravednike postaviti sebi zdesna, a ostale s lijeve strane.
34Tada će kralj reći onima koji mu budu zdesna: ‘Vi, koje je Otac blagoslovio, dođite primiti u baštinu kraljevstvo pripravljeno za vas od postanka svijeta! 35Jer ste me nahranili kad sam bio gladan, napojili kad sam bio žedan, primili ste me kad sam bio tuđinac 36i obukli me kad sam bio gol; posjećivali ste me dok sam bio bolestan i u zatvoru.’
37Pravednici će ga tada upitati: ‘Gospodine, kada smo te vidjeli gladna i nahranili, kada smo te vidjeli žedna i napojili te? 38Kada smo ti pružili dobrodošlicu kao tuđincu i obukli te gola? 39Kada smo te posjetili bolesna ili u tamnici?’
40A kralj će odgovoriti: ‘Zaista vam kažem, sve što ste učinili jednomu od moje najmanje braće, meni ste učinili!’
41Zatim će reći onima slijeva: ‘Odlazite od mene, prokleti, u vječni oganj pripravljen za đavla i njegove anđele! 42Jer bio sam gladan, a niste mi dali jesti; bio sam žedan, a niste mi dali piti; 43bio sam tuđinac, a vi me niste primili; gol sam bio i niste me obukli; bio sam bolestan i u zatvoru, a niste me posjetili.’
44Oni će pitati: ‘Gospodine, kad smo te to vidjeli gladna ili žedna, ili kao tuđinca, ili gola, ili bolesna, ili u zatvoru i nismo ti pomogli?’
45A on će im odgovoriti: ‘Zaista vam kažem, sve što niste učinili jednomu od ovih najmanjih, meni niste učinili!’
46Tako će oni otići u vječnu patnju, a pravednici u vječni život.”
The Story of Ten Bridesmaids
1“Here is what the kingdom of heaven will be like at that time. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2Five of them were foolish. Five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t take any olive oil with them. 4The wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The groom did not come for a long time. So the bridesmaids all grew tired and fell asleep.
6“At midnight someone cried out, ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him!’
7“Then all the bridesmaids woke up and got their lamps ready. 8The foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil. Our lamps are going out.’
9“ ‘No,’ they replied. ‘There may not be enough for all of us. Instead, go to those who sell oil. Buy some for yourselves.’
10“So they went to buy the oil. But while they were on their way, the groom arrived. The bridesmaids who were ready went in with him to the wedding dinner. Then the door was shut.
11“Later, the other bridesmaids also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
12“But he replied, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. I don’t know you.’
13“So keep watch. You do not know the day or the hour that the groom will come.
The Story of Three Slaves
14“Again, here is what the kingdom of heaven will be like. A man was going on a journey. He sent for his slaves and put them in charge of his money. 15He gave five bags of gold to one. He gave two bags to another. And he gave one bag to the third. The man gave each slave the amount of money he knew the slave could take care of. Then he went on his journey. 16The slave who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work. He earned five bags more. 17The one with the two bags of gold earned two more. 18But the man who had received one bag went and dug a hole in the ground. He hid his master’s money in it.
19“After a long time the master of those slaves returned. He wanted to collect all the money they had earned. 20The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you trusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have earned five more.’
21“His master replied, ‘You have done well, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you trusted me with two bags of gold. See, I have earned two more.’
23“His master replied, ‘You have done well, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man. You harvest where you have not planted. You gather crops where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid. I went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26“His master replied, ‘You evil, lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I have not planted? You knew that I gather crops where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money in the bank. When I returned, I would have received it back with interest.’
28“Then his master commanded the other slaves, ‘Take the bag of gold from him. Give it to the one who has ten bags. 29Everyone who has will be given more. They will have more than enough. And what about anyone who doesn’t have? Even what they have will be taken away from them. 30Throw that worthless slave outside. There in the darkness, people will weep and grind their teeth.’
The Sheep and the Goats
31“The Son of Man will come in all his glory. All the angels will come with him. Then he will sit in glory on his throne. 32All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate the people into two groups. He will be like a shepherd who separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep to his right and the goats to his left.
34“Then the King will speak to those on his right. He will say, ‘My Father has blessed you. Come and take what is yours. It is the kingdom prepared for you since the world was created. 35I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in. 36I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me.’
37“Then the people who have done what is right will answer him. ‘Lord,’ they will ask, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘You are cursed! Go away from me into the fire that burns forever. It has been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42I was hungry. But you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty. But you gave me nothing to drink. 43I was a stranger. But you did not invite me in. I needed clothes. But you did not give me any. I was sick and in prison. But you did not take care of me.’
44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty and not help you? When did we see you as a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison and not help you?’
45“He will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you didn’t do for one of the least important of these, you didn’t do for me.’
46“Then they will go away to be punished forever. But those who have done what is right will receive eternal life.”