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Watch therefore; for ye know not in what day 43 your Lord comes. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. 44 Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man comes.


Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord set over his household, to give them their 46 food in due season? Happy that servant, whom his 47 lord when he comes shall find so doing! Verily I

say to you, that he will set him over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, 49 My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat

his fellow-servants, and shall eat and drink with the 50 drunken; the lord of that servant will come in a

day when he looks not for it, and in an hour when 51 he is not aware; and will cut him asunder, and appoint. his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


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XXV. THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps, and 2 went out to meet the bridegroom. And five of them 3 were wise, and five foolish. They that were foolish 4 took their lamps, and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered V. 42. In many ancient copies, in what hour

and slept. And at midnight a cry was made: Be- 6 hold, the bridegroom! go out to meet him. Then 7 all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise:

Give us of your



oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; there will not be enough for us and you. Go rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, 10 the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut. Afterward came also the rest of the vir- 11 gins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he an- 12 swered and said: Verily I say to you I know you not.

Watch therefore; for ye know not the day, nor 13 the hour!

For as a man going abroad called his own ser- 14 vants, and delivered to them his goods; and to one 15 gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and straightway went abroad. Then he that received 16 the five talents went and traded with them, and gained other five talents. Likewise also he that re- 17 ceived the two gained other two. But he that re- 18 ceived the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the 19 lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them. And he that received the five talents came and 20. brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou de

liveredst to me five talents; behold, I have gained 21 other five talents beside them. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant; thou wast faithful over a little, I will set thee over much. 22 Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst to me two talents; behold, I have 23 gained other two talents beside them. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant; thou wast faithful over a little, I will set thee over 24 much. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And

he also that received the one talent came and said: Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where 25 thou hast not strewed. And fearing, I went and

hid thy talent in the earth. Lo, thou hast thine 26 own. And his lord answering said to him: Wicked and slothful servant! Thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not 27 strewed? Thou oughtest therefore to have put my

money to the exchangers; and when I came, I 28 should have received mine own with interest. Take

therefore the talent from him, and give to him that 29 has the ten talents. For to every one that hath

shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not, even what he hath shall be 30 taken away. And cast forth the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, 31 and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on his throne of glory. And before him shall be gathered 32 all the nations; and he shall divide them one from another, as the shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. And he shall set the sheep on his right 33 hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say to those on his right 34 hand: Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and ye gave me to 35 eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger and ye took me in, naked and ye clothed 36 me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came to me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying: 37 Lord, when saw we thee hungering and fed thee, or thirsting and gave thee drink? And when saw we 38 thee a stranger and took thee in, or naked and clothed thee? And when saw we thee sick, or in 39 prison, and came to thee? And the King shall an- 40 swer and say to them: Verily I say to you, inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it to me.

Then shall he say also to those on the left hand: 41 Depart from me, accursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels. For I was 42 hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was

43 thirsty, and ye did not give me drink; I was a stranger, and ye did not take me in; naked, and ye did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and ye did not visit me.


Then shall they also answer, saying: Lord, when saw we thee hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister 45 to thee? Then shall he answer them, saying: Verily I say to you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.


And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.

1 XXVI. AND it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples: 2 Ye know that after two days comes the passover, and the Son of man is delivered up to be crucified.


Then assembled together the chief priests, and the elders of the people, in the court of the high priest, 4 who was called Caiaphas, and consulted together that they might take Jesus by craft, and put him to 5 death. But they said: Not at the feast, that there may not be a tumult among the people.


And Jesus being in Bethany, in the house of 7 Simon the leper, there came to him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and 8 poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And his disciples seeing it were displeased, saying: To 9 what purpose is this waste? For this might have

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