123 A story about ten virgins shows the importance of being ready.

Matthew 25:1–13

In what ways were the wise and foolish bridesmaids alike (Matthew 25:1–5)? How were they different?

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Why did the foolish bridesmaids’ lamps go out, but the others did not (Matthew 25:8)?

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What was the foolish bridesmaids’ biggest mistake (Matthew 25:9–11)?

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Why did the groom say he didn’t know the bridesmaids who had been locked out (Matthew 25:12)?

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How can we know what is necessary to “always be prepared (Matthew 25:13)?

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the groom. Five were wise, and five were foolish. The foolish took only their lamps, but the wise also carried flasks of oil. After a long wait, the bridegroom still had not come. All ten became drowsy and fell asleep.

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Matthew 25:1–5 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the groom. Five were wise, and five were foolish. The foolish took only their lamps, but the wise also carried flasks of oil. After a long wait, the bridegroom still had not come. All ten became drowsy and fell asleep.
King James

Matthew 25:1–5 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

“At midnight, someone shouted, ‘Look! The groom is coming. Let’s go meet him.’ The bridesmaids awakened and reached for their lamps.

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Matthew 25:6–7 “At midnight, someone shouted, ‘Look! The groom is coming. Let’s go meet him.’ The bridesmaids awakened and reached for their lamps.
King James

Matthew 25:6–7 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

“The foolish said, ‘Our lamps have gone out. Give us some of your oil.’

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Matthew 25:8 “The foolish said, “Our lamps have gone out. Give us some of your oil.”
King James

Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

“But the wise said, ‘No. We do not have enough for everyone. Go to the market and buy your own oil.’

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Matthew 25:9 “But the wise said, “No. We do not have enough for everyone. Go to the market and buy your own oil.”
King James

Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

“While the foolish were shopping, the groom joined everyone who was ready and entered the wedding feast. The door was locked. Later, the foolish bridesmaids came knocking. ‘Sir, open the door for us.’

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Matthew 25:10–11 “While the foolish were shopping, the groom joined everyone who was ready and entered the wedding feast. The door was locked. Later, the foolish bridesmaids came knocking. “Sir, open the door for us.”
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Matthew 25:10–11 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

“But the groom said, ‘I am sorry. I do not know you.’

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Matthew 25:12 “But the groom said, “I am sorry. I do not know you.”
King James

Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

“Likewise, you should always be prepared, because you do not know when the Son of Man will come.”

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Matthew 25:13 “Likewise, you should always be prepared, because you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
King James

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.