1 ‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this.
Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them
were foolish, and five were wise.
3 When the foolish
took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
4 but the wise
took flasks of oil with their lamps.
5 As the bridegroom
was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.
6 But at midnight
there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out
to meet him.”
7 Then all those
bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish
said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps
are going out.”
9 But the wise
replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us;
you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.”
10 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.