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Matthew 25

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘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. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

The Parable of the Bags of Gold

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! 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 entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! 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, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I 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, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 25:15 Greek five talents … two talents … one talent; also throughout this parable; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wage.

O Livro

Mateus 25

A ilustração das dez jovens

1“O reino dos céus pode ser também explicado pela situação daquelas dez jovens que pegaram nas suas lâmpadas e foram ao encontro do noivo. 2/4 Mas só cinco delas tiveram prudência bastante para encher convenientemente as lâmpadas de azeite, enquanto as outras cinco, que eram pouco ajuizadas, se esqueceram de o fazer. 5/6 Como o noivo se demorasse, deitaram­se para descansar, sendo à meia­noite despertadas por alguém que gritou: ‘Vem aí o noivo! Saiam a recebê­lo!’

7/9 Todas se levantaram logo e arranjaram as lâmpadas. Então, as cinco que não tinham azeite pediram às outras que lhes dessem algum, porque as suas lâmpadas estavam a apagar­se. Mas as outras responderam: ‘Não, porque depois não chega para todas. Vão comprá­lo.’

10/12 Enquanto foram, o noivo chegou; as que estavam prontas entraram com ele para a festa de casamento, e a porta foi trancada. Mais tarde, quando as outras cinco voltaram, ficaram na rua, chamando: ‘Senhor, abre­nos a porta’. Mas ele respondeu: ‘Não vos conheço’.

13 Portanto, conservem­se despertos e estejam preparados, pois não sabem a data nem o momento do meu regresso.

A parábola do dinheiro investido

14/15 O reino dos céus pode também ser comparado ao caso de um homem que ia para outro país e que, reunindo os empregados, lhes entregou dinheiro para o aplicarem por sua conta, enquanto andasse por fora. Entregou cinco moedas de ouro a um, duas a outro e uma ao último, conforme as capacidades de cada um, e depois partiu.

16/18 O homem que recebeu cinco moedas de ouro começou logo a comprar e a vender com elas, e depressa ganhou outras cinco. O que tinha duas moedas deitou­se também ao trabalho e ganhou outras duas. Mas o que recebera uma cavou um buraco no chão e escondeu ali o dinheiro para o pôr bem seguro.

19 Passado muito tempo, o patrão voltou da viagem e chamou­os para que dessem contas do dinheiro. 20 Aquele a quem tinha confiado cinco moedas de ouro trouxe­lhe dez. 21 O homem gabou­o pelo seu bom trabalho: ‘Foste fiel na maneira como negociaste com esta pequena quantia. Portanto vou entregar­te muito mais responsabilidades. E entretanto poderás gozar de todos os benefícios e privilégios que pus à tua disposição.’ 22 Depois, veio o que tinha recebido duas moedas, que disse: ‘Confiaste­me duas moedas e dobrei a quantia.’ 23 ‘Bom trabalho’, observou o patrão. ‘És um trabalhador capaz e de confiança. Foste fiel com essa pequena soma, por isso agora dou­te muito mais.’

24/25 Então veio o homem que recebera uma moeda e disse: ‘Senhor, eu sabia que és um homem duro, ceifando onde não semeaste e colhendo onde não cultivaste. Tive medo de perder o teu dinheiro, portanto escondi­o na terra; aqui o tens.’

26/28 Mas o patrão respondeu: ‘Foste indolente e descuidado! Se sabias que ceifo onde não semeio e recolho onde não cultivo, devias ao menos ter posto o meu dinheiro no banco para que pudesse assim ter algum juro. Tirem o dinheiro a este homem e dêem­no ao das dez moedas! 29/30 Porque a quem usa bem o que lhe dão, mais se dará, e terá muito. Mas ao homem que é infiel, até o pouco que lhe foi confiado lhe será tirado. E mandem esse trabalhador inútil lá para fora, para a escuridão, onde há choro e desespero.’

As ovelhas e as cabras

31/33 Quando eu, o Filho do Homem, vier na minha glória com todos os anjos, então sentar­me­ei no meu trono glorioso, e todas as nações serão reunidas diante de mim. Separarei o povo como um pastor aparta as ovelhas das cabras, e porei as ovelhas à minha direita e as cabras à minha esquerda.

34/36 E então eu, o rei, direi aos que estiverem à minha direita: ‘Venham, filhos felizes do meu Pai, para o reino que vos foi preparado desde o princípio do mundo. Porque tive fome e deram­me de comer; tive sede e deram­me água; era estranho e convidaram­me para vossas casas; andava nu e vestiram­me; estive doente e cuidaram de mim; estive na prisão e visitaram­me.’

37/39 Esses homens justos perguntarão: ‘Senhor, quando foi que alguma vez te vimos com fome e te demos de comer? Ou com sede e te demos de beber? Ou, sendo um estranho, te hospedámos? Ou nu, te vestimos? Quando te vimos alguma vez doente, ou na prisão, e te visitámos?’ 40 E eu, o rei, lhes direi: ‘Quando fizeram isso a um destes meus mais insignificantes irmãos, a mim o fizeram!’

41/43 Voltar­me­ei para os que estiverem à minha esquerda e lhes direi: ‘Saiam daqui, malditos, para o fogo eterno preparado para Satanás e seus demónios, porque tive fome e não me deram de comer; tive sede e não me deram de beber; fui um estranho e não me deram hospedagem; andava nu e não quiseram vestir­me; estive doente e na prisão e não me visitaram.’

44 Então responderão: ‘Senhor, quando foi que alguma vez te vimos com fome, ou sede, ou, sendo tu estranho, ou andando nu, ou estando doente, ou na prisão, não te socorremos?’

45 E responderei: ‘Quando não quiseram socorrer o mais insignificante destes meus irmãos, era a mim que recusavam ajuda.’ 46 E estes irão para o castigo eterno, mas os justos irão para a vida eterna.”