New Testament in a year – Day 358

Matthew 25: 1 - 30

(Lk 19.11–27)
The Parable of the Ten Young Women
1 “At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there were ten young women who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.2Five of them were foolish, and the other five were wise.3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any extra oil with them,4while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps.5The bridegroom was late in coming, so the women began to nod and fall asleep.
6“It was already midnight when the cry rang out, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come and meet him!’7The ten women woke up and trimmed their lamps.8Then the foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Let us have some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’9‘No, indeed,’ the wise ones answered, ‘there is not enough for you and for us. Go to the shop and buy some for yourselves.’10So the foolish women went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed.
11 “Later the other women arrived. ‘Sir, sir! Let us in!’ they cried out.12‘Certainly not! I don't know you,’ the bridegroom answered.”
13And Jesus concluded, “Be on your guard, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.
The Parable of the Three Servants
14“At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there was a man who was about to go on a journey; he called his servants and put them in charge of his property.15He gave to each one according to his ability: to one he gave 5,000 gold coins, to another he gave 2,000, and to another he gave 1,000. Then he left on his journey.16The servant who had received 5,000 coins went at once and invested his money and earned another 5,000.17In the same way the servant who had received 2,000 coins earned another 2,000.18But the servant who had received 1,000 coins went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master's money.
19“After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them.20The servant who had received 5,000 coins came in and handed over the other 5,000. ‘You gave me 5,000 coins, sir,’ he said. ‘Look! Here are another 5,000 that I have earned.’21‘Well done, you good and faithful servant!’ said his master. ‘You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts. Come on in and share my happiness!’
22“Then the servant who had been given 2,000 coins came in and said, ‘You gave me 2,000 coins, sir. Look! Here are another 2,000 that I have earned.’23‘Well done, you good and faithful servant!’ said his master. ‘You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts. Come on in and share my happiness!’
24“Then the servant who had received 1,000 coins came in and said, ‘Sir, I know you are a hard man; you reap harvests where you did not sow, and you gather crops where you did not scatter seed.25I was afraid, so I went off and hid your money in the ground. Look! Here is what belongs to you.’
26“ ‘You bad and lazy servant!’ his master said. ‘You knew, did you, that I reap harvests where I did not sow, and gather crops where I did not scatter seed?27Well, then, you should have deposited my money in the bank, and I would have received it all back with interest when I returned.28Now, take the money away from him and give it to the one who has 10,000 coins.29 For to every person who has something, even more will be given, and he will have more than enough; but the person who has nothing, even the little that he has will be taken away from him.30 As for this useless servant — throw him outside in the darkness; there he will cry and grind his teeth.’

Good News Translation® with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.