Bishops' Bible

Matthew 25

The parable of the ten virgins,

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kyngdome of heauen be lykened vnto ten virgins, which toke their lampes, and went to meete the brydegrome. Matthew 25:2 But fyue of them were foolyshe, and fyue were wyse. Matthew 25:3 They that were foolyshe, toke their lampes, but toke none oyle with them: Matthew 25:4 But the wise, toke oyle in their vessels, with their lampes also. Matthew 25:5 Whyle the brydegrome taryed, they all slumbred and slept. Matthew 25:6 And euen at mydnyght, there was a crye made: beholde, the brydegrome commeth, go out to meete hym. Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and prepared their lampes. Matthew 25:8 So the foolyshe sayde vnto the wyse: geue vs of your oyle, for our lampes are gone out. Matthew 25:9 But the wyse aunswered, saying: [not so] lest there be not inough for vs & you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and bye for your selues. Matthew 25:10 And whyle they went to bye, the brydegome came: and they that were redy, went in with hym, to ye maryage, and the gate was shut vp. Matthew 25:11 Afterwarde came also the other virgins, saying: Lorde, Lorde, open to vs. Matthew 25:12 But he aunswered and sayde: veryly I say vnto you, I knowe you not. Matthew 25:13 Watch therfore, for ye knowe neither the day, nor yet the houre, wherin the sonne of man shall come.

and of the talents.

Matthew 25:14 Lykewyse, as a [certayne] man, redy to take his iourney into a straunge countrey, called his owne seruauntes, and delyuered vnto them his goodes. Matthew 25:15 And vnto one, he gaue fyue talentes, to another two, and to another one: to euery man after his habilitie, & strayght way departed. Matthew 25:16 Then he that had receaued the fyue talentes, went, and occupyed with the same, & made [them] other fyue talentes. Matthew 25:17 And lykewyse, he [that receaued] two: he also gayned other two. Matthew 25:18 But he that receaued that one, went and digged in the earth, and hyd his Lordes money. Matthew 25:19 After a long season, the Lorde of those seruauntes commeth, and reckeneth with them. Matthew 25:20 And so, he that had receaued fyue talentes, came, and brought other fyue talentes, saying: Lorde, thou delyueredst vnto me fyue talentes, beholde, I haue gayned with them fyue talentes mo. Matthew 25:21 His Lorde saide vnto him: Well done, thou good and faythfull seruaut. Thou hast ben faythfull ouer fewe thynges, I wyll make thee ruler ouer manye thynges: enter thou into the ioy of thy Lorde. Matthew 25:22 He also that had receaued two talentes, came, and sayde: Lorde thou delyueredst vnto me two talentes, beholde, I haue wonne two other taletes with them. Matthew 25:23 His Lorde saide vnto him? Well done, good and faithfull seruaunt. Thou hast ben faythfull ouer fewe thinges, I wyl make thee ruler ouer many thynges: enter thou into the ioy of thy Lorde. Matthew 25:24 Then he which had receaued the one talent, came, and saide: Lorde I knew thee, that thou art an harde man, reapyng where thou hast not sowen, & gatheryng where thou hast not strowed. Matthew 25:25 And [therfore] was I afrayde, & went and hid thy talent in the earth: loe, there thou hast that thyne is. Matthew 25:26 His Lorde aunswered, and sayde vnto hym: Thou euyll and slouthfull seruaut, thou knewest that I reape where I sowed not, and gather where I haue not strowed, Matthew 25:27 Thou oughtest therfore to haue delyuered my money to the exchaungers, and then at my commyng shoulde I haue receaued myne owne with vauntage. Matthew 25:28 Take therfore the talent from hym, and geue it vnto hym whiche hath ten talentes. Matthew 25:29 For vnto euery one that hath, shalbe geuen, and he shall haue aboundaunce: But he that hath not, from hym shalbe taken away, euen that which he hath. Matthew 25:30 And cast the vnprofitable seruaunt into vtter darknesse, there shalbe wepyng, and gnasshyng of teeth.

Also the description of the last judgment.

Matthew 25:31 When the sonne of man shall come in his glorie, and all the holy Angels with hym, then shall he sitte vpon the throne of his glorie. Matthew 25:32 And before hym shalbe gathered all nations: and he shall seperate them one from another, as a shephearde deuideth his sheepe from the goates. Matthew 25:33 And he shall set the sheepe on his right hande, but the goates on the lefte. Matthew 25:34 Then shall the king say vnto them on his right hande: Come ye blessed of my father, inherite the kyngdome, prepared for you from the foundation of the worlde. Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gaue me meate: I was thirstie, and ye gaue me drynke: I was harbourlesse, and ye toke me in: Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: Sicke, and ye visited me: I was in pryson, and ye came vnto me. Matthew 25:37 Then shall the ryghteous aunswere hym, saying: Lorde, when sawe we thee an hungred, & fedde thee? or thirstie and gaue thee drynke? Matthew 25:38 When sawe we thee harbourlesse, and toke thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Matthew 25:39 Or when sawe we thee sicke, or in prison, and came vnto thee? Matthew 25:40 And the kyng shall aunswere, and say vnto them: Ueryly I say vnto you, in as much as ye haue done it vnto one of the least of these my brethren, ye haue done [it] vnto me. Matthew 25:41 Then shall he saye vnto them on the left hande: Depart from me ye cursed into euerlasting fire, which is prepared for the deuyll and his angels. Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gaue me no meate: I was thirstie, and ye gaue me no drynke. Matthew 25:43 I was harbourlesse, and ye toke me not in: I was naked, and ye clothed me not: I was sicke, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also aunswere hym, saying: Lorde, when sawe we thee an hungred, or a thirste, or harbourlesse, or naked, or sicke, or in pryson, and did not minister vnto thee? Matthew 25:45 Then shall he aunswere them, saying: Ueryly I say vnto you, in as much as ye dyd it not to one of the least of these, ye dyd it not to me. Matthew 25:46 And these shall go into euerlastyng payne: the ryghteous into lyfe eternall.

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