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. 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 ones, 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. ‘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.”
- 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.
25 1 5 Mmoja alimpa talanta tano za fedha, mwingine mbili na mwingine moja; kila mmoja alipewa kwa kadiri ya uwezo wake. Kisha akasa firi. 2 Watano walikuwa wajinga na watano walikuwa na busara. 3 Wale wajinga walichukua taa zao bila akiba ya mafuta; 4 lakini wale wenye busara walichukua taa na mafuta ya akiba. 5 Bwana harusi alipoka wia wale wasichana wote walisinzia, wakalala. 6 Usiku wa manane zikapigwa kelele: ‘Bwana harusi anakuja! Tokeni nje kumlaki!’ 7 Wasichana wote wakaamka, wakazitengeneza taa zao. 8 Wale wajinga wakawaambia wale wenye busara, ‘Tupatieni mafuta kidogo, taa zetu zinazimika.’ 9 Lakini wenye busara wakajibu, ‘Pengine hayatatutosha sisi na ninyi pia, afadhali nendeni kwa wauza mafuta mkajinunulie wenyewe.’ 10 Na walipokuwa wamekwenda kunu nua mafuta, bwana harusi akafika. Wale wasichana waliokuwa tayari wakaingia pamoja naye kwenye karamu ya harusi na mlango uka fungwa. 11 Baadaye wale wasichana wengine pia wakaja, wakaita, ‘Bwana! Bwana! Tufungulie mlango!’ 12 Bwana harusi akawajibu, ‘Nawaambieni kweli, siwajui.’ 13 Kwa hiyo kesheni, kwa sababu hamjui siku wala saa”
Watumishi Watatu Walioachiwa Talanta
14 “Pia Ufalme wa mbinguni utafananishwa na mtu aliyekuwa anasafiri, akawaita watumishi wake na kuwakabidhi mali yake.
16 “Yule aliyepewa talanta tano alikwenda mara moja kuzifa nyia biashara akapata talanta tano zaidi. 17 Yule aliyepewa tal anta mbili akafanya hivyo hivyo, akapata mbili zaidi. 18 Lakini yule mtumishi aliyepata talanta moja, alikwenda akachimba shimo akaifukia huko.
19 “Baada ya muda mrefu yule bwana wa hao watumishi alirudi akakagua hesabu za fedha zake alizowaachia. 20 Yule mtumishi aliyepokea talanta tano akaja, akaleta talanta tano zaidi. Akasema, ‘Bwana ulinikabidhi talanta tano, hizi hapa, nimezalisha talanta tano zaidi.’ 21 Bwana wake akamwambia, ‘Umefanya vizuri sana, mtumishi mwema na mwaminifu; umekuwa mwaminifu katika machache; nitakupa mamlaka juu ya vitu vingi zaidi. Njoo ufurahi pamoja na bwana wako.’ 22 Yule mwenye talanta mbili naye akaja. Akasema, ‘Bwana, ulinikabidhi talanta mbili. Nami nimepata faida, hizi hapa talanta mbili zaidi.’ 23 Bwana wake akajibu, ‘Umefanya vizuri sana, mtumishi mwema na mwaminifu; umekuwa mwaminifu katika machache, nami nitakupa mamlaka juu ya vitu vingi zaidi. Njoo ufurahi pamoja na bwana wako.’
Njoo ufurahi pamoja na bwana wako.’
24 Kisha yule mtumishi aliyepokea talanta moja akaja, akasema, ‘Bwana, nilijua kwamba wewe ni mtu mgumu, unavuna ambapo hukupanda na kukusanya ambapo hukutawanya mbegu. 25 Kwa hiyo niliogopa, nikaenda nikaificha talanta yako ardhini. Hii hapa mali yako.’
26 Lakini Bwana wake akamjibu, ‘Wewe mtumishi mwovu na mvivu! Ulijua kwamba ninavuna nisipopanda na kukusanya nisipota wanya mbegu? 27 Mbona basi hukuweka fedha zangu benki ili nita kaporudi nizichukue na faida yake? 28 Mnyang’anyeni hiyo talanta mumpatie yule mwenye talanta kumi.’ 29 Kwa maana kila mtu mwenye kitu ataongezewa, naye atakuwa navyo kwa wingi. Lakini kwa yule asiye na kitu, hata kidogo alicho nacho atanyang’anywa. 30 ‘Mtupeni huyo mtumishi asiyefaa nje kwenye giza, huko kuta kuwa na kilio na kusaga meno.’ ”
Kondoo Na Mbuzi
31 “Mwana wa Adamu atakapokuja katika utukufu wake pamoja na malaika wote, ataketi katika kiti chake cha utukufu cha enzi. 32 Watu wa mataifa yote watakusanyika mbele yake, naye atawaten ganisha kama mchungaji anavyotenganisha kondoo na mbuzi. 33 Atawaweka kondoo upande wa kulia na mbuzi upande wa kushoto. 34 Ndipo Mfalme atawaambia wale walioko upande wa kulia, ‘Njooni ninyi mliobarikiwa na Baba yangu, urithini Ufalme mlioandaliwa tangu mwanzo wa dunia. 35 Kwa maana nilikuwa na njaa mkanipa chakula; nilikuwa na kiu mkanipa kitu cha kunywa; nilikuwa mgeni mkanikaribisha; 36 nilikuwa sina nguo, mkanivisha; nilikuwa mgonjwa mkaja kunitazama; na nilikuwa kifungoni mkaja kunitembe lea.’
37 “Kisha wale wenye haki watamjibu, ‘Bwana, ni lini tuli kuona na njaa tukakulisha au ukiwa na kiu tukakupa kitu cha kunywa ? 38 Na ni lini tulikuona ukiwa mgeni tukakukaribisha au ukihitaji nguo tukakuvisha? 39 Na ni lini tulikuona ukiwa mgonjwa au ukiwa kifungoni tukakutembelea?’
40 “Mfalme atajibu, ‘Ninawaambia kweli, kwa jinsi ambavyo mlivyomfanyia mmojawapo wa hawa ndugu zangu walio wadogo, mlini fanyia mimi.’
41 “Kisha atawaambia wale walio kushoto kwake, ‘Ondokeni kwangu ninyi mliolaaniwa, nendeni katika moto wa milele alioan daliwa shetani na malaika zake. 42 Kwa maana nilikuwa na njaa hamkunipa chakula; nilikuwa na kiu na hamkunipa kitu cha kunywa; 43 nilikuwa mgeni wala hamkunikaribisha; nilikuwa uchi hamkuni vika; na nilikuwa mgonjwa na gerezani nanyi hamkuja kunitazama.’
44 “Ndipo wao pia watajibu, ‘Bwana ni lini tulikuona ukiwa na njaa au kiu, au ukiwa mgeni au ukihitaji nguo, au ukiwa mgonjwa na kifungoni na hatukukuhudumia?’
45 “Naye atawajibu, ‘Nawaambieni kweli, kwa jinsi ambavyo hamkumfanyia mmojawapo wa hawa ndugu zangu walio wadogo, hamkuni fanyia mimi.’
46 “Basi hawa wataingia katika adhabu ya milele, lakini wale wenye haki wataingia katika uzima wa milele.”