The Parable of The Ten Bridesmaids.
Jesus says, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.”
The wise bridesmaids take oil with their lamps, and the foolish bridesmaids only take lamps, with no oil. However, the bridegroom is delayed in coming, and so both groups fall asleep while waiting.
Suddenly, the ten bridesmaids are awoken by a shout, “‘Look! Here is the bridegroom!'” The five wise bridesmaids have their lamps ready, but the five foolish bridesmaids don’t have any oil to light their lamps.
The five foolish ask the wise to borrow some oil, but the wise bridesmaids refuse because there isn’t enough oil to share. The foolish ones are instructed to go buy oil, and the bridegroom returns while they are gone.
Jesus says, “And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.'”
Jesus then says, “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
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