The Gospel According to St. Matthew
1 – Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride.
2 – And five of them were foolish, and five wise.
3 – But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them:
4 – But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps.
5 – And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept.
6 – And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him.
7 – Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
8 – And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.
9 – The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 – Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
11 – But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 – But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not.
13 – Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour.
14 – For even as a man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods;
15 – And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.
16 – And he that had received the five talents, went his way, and traded with the same, and gained other five.
17 – And in like manner he that had received the two, gained other two.
18 – But he that had received the one, going his way digged into the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 – But after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reckoned with them.
20 – And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents, behold I have gained other five over and above.
21 – His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 – And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me: behold I have gained other two.
23 – His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 – But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown, and gatherest where thou hast not strewed.
25 – And being afraid I went and hid thy talent in the earth: behold here thou hast that which is thine.
26 – And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not, and gather where I have not strewed:
27 – Thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received my own with usury.
28 – Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that hath ten talents.
29 – For to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away.
30 – And the unprofitable servant cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 – And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty.
32 – And all nations shall be gathered together before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats:
33 – And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.
34 – Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 – For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in:
36 – Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.
37 – Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 – And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee?
39 – Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee?
40 – And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.
41 – Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 – For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink.
43 – I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you covered me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.
44 – Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee?
45 – Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.
46 – And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.
The Catholic Bible Online. Scriptures are from The Douay Rheims Catholic Bible 1582-1610 a.d. Version In the Public Domain. The Douay Rheims Bible is a translation of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate into English undertaken by members of the English College, Douai in the service of the Catholic Church.