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Matthew 25:1–28:20

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be liked ten virgins who took their lampse and went out to meet the bridegroom.f Five of them were foolish and five were wise.g 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.h

“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.’i

“ ‘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.j 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.’k

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

The Parable of the Bags of Gold

25:14–30Ref—Lk 19:12–27

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey,m 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.n 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.o 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.p 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.q 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.r 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’s

The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comest in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.u 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separatev the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.w 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 kingdomx prepared for you since the creation of the world.y 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,z 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me,a I was sick and you looked after me,b I was in prison and you came to visit me.’c

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.’d

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me,e you who are cursed, into the eternal firef prepared for the devil and his angels.g 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.’h

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

The Plot Against Jesus

26:2–5pp—Mk 14:1,2; Lk 22:1,2

26 When Jesus had finished saying all these things,k he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passoverl is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembledm in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,n and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.o “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riotp among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

26:6–13pp—Mk 14:3–9
26:6–13Ref—Lk 7:37,38; Jn 12:1–8

While Jesus was in Bethanyq in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,a r but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.s 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

26:14–16pp—Mk 14:10,11; Lk 22:3–6

14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariott—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.u 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

The Last Supper

26:17–19pp—Mk 14:12–16; Lk 22:7–13
26:20–24pp—Mk 14:17–21
26:26–29pp—Mk 14:22–25; Lk 22:17–20; 1Co 11:23–25

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread,v the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”w

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed timex is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ ” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”y

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.z 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.a But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him,b said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”c

Jesus answered, “You have said so.”

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke itd and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup,e and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of theb covenant,f which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.g 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with youh in my Father’s kingdom.”

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.i

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

26:31–35pp—Mk 14:27–31; Lk 22:31–34

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me,j for it is written:

“ ‘I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’c k

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”l

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”m

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you,n I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

Gethsemane

26:36–46pp—Mk 14:32–42; Lk 22:40–46

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedeeo along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrowp to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”q

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is

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