Matthew 25-26 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 1  'Then shall the reign of the heavens be likened to ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom; 2  and five of them were prudent, and five foolish; 3  they who were foolish having taken their lamps, did not take with themselves oil; 4  and the prudent took oil in their vessels, with their lamps. 5  'And the bridegroom tarrying, they all nodded and were sleeping, 6  and in the middle of the night a cry was made, Lo, the bridegroom doth come; go ye forth to meet him. 7  'Then rose all those virgins, and trimmed their lamps, 8  and the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out; 9  and the prudent answered, saying—Lest there may not be sufficient for us and you, go ye rather unto those selling, and buy for yourselves. 10  'And while they are going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those ready went in with him to the marriage-feasts, and the door was shut; 11  and afterwards come also do the rest of the virgins, saying, Sir, sir, open to us; 12  and he answering said, Verily I say to you, I have not known you. 13  'Watch therefore, for ye have not known the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man doth come.

The Parable of the Talents

14  'For—as a man going abroad did call his own servants, and did deliver to them his substance, 15  and to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his several ability, went abroad immediately. 16  'And he who did receive the five talents, having gone, wrought with them, and made other five talents; 17  in like manner also he who 'received' the two, he gained, also he, other two; 18  and he who did receive the one, having gone away, digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19  'And after a long time cometh the lord of those servants, and taketh reckoning with them; 20  and he who did receive the five talents having come, brought other five talents, saying, 'Sir, five talents thou didst deliver to me; lo, other five talents did I gain besides them. 21  'And his lord said to him, Well done, servant, good and faithful, over a few things thou wast faithful, over many things I will set thee; enter into the joy of thy lord. 22  'And he who also did receive the two talents having come, said, Sir, two talents thou didst deliver to me; lo, other two talents I did gain besides them. 23  'His lord said to him, Well done, servant, good and faithful, over a few things thou wast faithful, over many things I will set thee; enter into the joy of thy lord. 24  'And he also who hath received the one talent having come, said, Sir, I knew thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering from whence thou didst not scatter; 25  and having been afraid, having gone away, I hid thy talent in the earth; lo, thou hast thine own! 26  'And his lord answering said to him, Evil servant, and slothful, thou hadst known that I reap where I did not sow, and I gather whence I did not scatter! 27  it behoved thee then to put my money to the money-lenders, and having come I had received mine own with increase. 28  'Take therefore from him the talent, and give to him having the ten talents, 29  for to every one having shall be given, and he shall have overabundance, and from him who is not having, even that which he hath shall be taken from him; 30  and the unprofitable servant cast ye forth to the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.

The Judgment of the Nations

31  'And whenever the Son of Man may come in his glory, and all the holy messengers with him, then he shall sit upon a throne of his glory; 32  and gathered together before him shall be all the nations, and he shall separate them from one another, as the shepherd doth separate the sheep from the goats, 33  and he shall set the sheep indeed on his right hand, and the goats on the left. 34  'Then shall the king say to those on his right hand, Come ye, the blessed of my Father, inherit the reign that hath been prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35  for I did hunger, and ye gave me to eat; I did thirst, and ye gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and ye received me; 36  naked, and ye put around me; I was infirm, and ye looked after me; in prison I was, and ye came unto me. 37  'Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungering, and we nourished? or thirsting, and we gave to drink? 38  and when did we see thee a stranger, and we received? or naked, and we put around? 39  and when did we see thee infirm, or in prison, and we came unto thee? 40  'And the king answering, shall say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did 'it' to one of these my brethren—the least—to me ye did 'it'. 41  Then shall he say also to those on the left hand, Go ye from me, the cursed, to the fire, the age-during, that hath been prepared for the Devil and his messengers; 42  for I did hunger, and ye gave me not to eat; I did thirst, and ye gave me not to drink; 43  a stranger I was, and ye did not receive me; naked, and ye put not around me; infirm, and in prison, and ye did not look after me. 44  'Then shall they answer, they also, saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or infirm, or in prison, and we did not minister to thee? 45  'Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did 'it' not to one of these, the least, ye did 'it' not to me. 46  And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during.'

The Leaders Plot against Jesus

26 1  And it came to pass, when Jesus finished all these words, he said to his disciples, 2  'Ye have known that after two days the passover cometh, and the Son of Man is delivered up to be crucified.' 3  Then were gathered together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, to the court of the chief priest who was called Caiaphas; 4  and they consulted together that they might take Jesus by guile, and kill 'him', 5  and they said, 'Not in the feast, that there may not be a tumult among the people.'

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6  And Jesus having been in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7  there came to him a woman having an alabaster box of ointment, very precious, and she poured on his head as he is reclining (at meat). 8  And having seen 'it', his disciples were much displeased, saying, 'To what purpose 'is' this waste? 9  for this ointment could have been sold for much, and given to the poor.' 10  And Jesus having known, said to them, 'Why do ye give trouble to the woman? for a good work she wrought for me; 11  for the poor always ye have with you, and me ye have not always; 12  for she having put this ointment on my body—for my burial she did 'it'. 13  Verily I say to you, Wherever this good news may be proclaimed in the whole world, what this 'one' did shall also be spoken of—for a memorial of her.'

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14  Then one of the twelve, who is called Judas Iscariot, having gone unto the chief priests, said, 15  'What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him up to you?' and they weighed out to him thirty silverlings, 16  and from that time he was seeking a convenient season to deliver him up.

Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples

17  And on the first 'day' of the unleavened food came the disciples near to Jesus, saying to him, 'Where wilt thou 'that' we may prepare for thee to eat the passover?' 18  and he said, 'Go away to the city, unto such a one, and say to him, The Teacher saith, My time is nigh; near thee I keep the passover, with my disciples;' 19  and the disciples did as Jesus appointed them, and prepared the passover. 20  And evening having come, he was reclining (at meat) with the twelve, 21  and while they are eating, he said, 'Verily I say to you, that one of you shall deliver me up.' 22  And being grieved exceedingly, they began to say to him, each of them, 'Is it I, Sir?' 23  And he answering said, 'He who did dip with me the hand in the dish, he will deliver me up; 24  the Son of Man doth indeed go, as it hath been written concerning him, but wo to that man through whom the Son of Man is delivered up! good it were for him if that man had not been born.' 25  And Judas—he who delivered him up—answering said, 'Is it I, Rabbi?' He saith to him, 'Thou hast said.'

26  And while they were eating, Jesus having taken the bread, and having blessed, did brake, and was giving to the disciples, and said, 'Take, eat, this is my body;' 27  and having taken the cup, and having given thanks, he gave to them, saying, 'Drink ye of it—all; 28  for this is my blood of the new covenant, that for many is being poured out—to remission of sins; 29  and I say to you, that I may not drink henceforth on this produce of the vine, till that day when I may drink it with you new in the reign of my Father.'

Peter's Denial Foretold

30  And having sung a hymn, they went forth to the mount of the Olives;

31  then saith Jesus to them, 'All ye shall be stumbled at me this night; for it hath been written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad; 32  but, after my having risen, I will go before you to Galilee.' 33  And Peter answering said to him, 'Even if all shall be stumbled at thee, I will never be stumbled.' 34  Jesus said to him, 'Verily I say to thee, that, this night, before cock-crowing, thrice thou wilt deny me.' 35  Peter saith to him, 'Even if it may be necessary for me to die with thee, I will not deny thee;' in like manner also said all the disciples.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36  Then come with them doth Jesus to a place called Gethsemane, and he saith to the disciples, 'Sit ye here, till having gone away, I shall pray yonder.' 37  And having taken Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful, and to be very heavy; 38  then saith he to them, 'Exceedingly sorrowful is my soul—unto death; abide ye here, and watch with me.' 39  And having gone forward a little, he fell on his face, praying, and saying, 'My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou.' 40  And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them sleeping, and he saith to Peter, 'So! ye were not able one hour to watch with me! 41  watch, and pray, that ye may not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is forward, but the flesh weak.' 42  Again, a second time, having gone away, he prayed, saying, 'My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me except I drink it, Thy will be done;' 43  and having come, he findeth them again sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44  And having left them, having gone away again, he prayed a third time, saying the same word; 45  then cometh he unto his disciples, and saith to them, 'Sleep on henceforth, and rest! lo, the hour hath come nigh, and the Son of Man is delivered up to the hands of sinners. 46  Rise, let us go; lo, he hath come nigh who is delivering me up.'

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47  And while he is yet speaking, lo, Judas, one of the twelve did come, and with him a great multitude, with swords and sticks, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48  And he who did deliver him up did give them a sign, saying, 'Whomsoever I will kiss, it is he: lay hold on him;' 49  and immediately, having come to Jesus, he said, 'Hail, Rabbi,' and kissed him; 50  and Jesus said to him, 'Comrade, for what art thou present?' Then having come near, they laid hands on Jesus, and took hold on him. 51  And lo, one of those with Jesus, having stretched forth the hand, drew his sword, and having struck the servant of the chief priest, he took off his ear. 52  Then saith Jesus to him, 'Turn back thy sword to its place; for all who did take the sword, by the sword shall perish; 53  dost thou think that I am not able now to call upon my Father, and He will place beside me more than twelve legions of messengers? 54  how then may the Writings be fulfilled, that thus it behoveth to happen?' 55  In that hour said Jesus to the multitudes, 'As against a robber ye did come forth, with swords and sticks, to take me! daily with you I was sitting teaching in the temple, and ye did not lay hold on me; 56  but all this hath come to pass, that the Writings of the prophets may be fulfilled;' then all the disciples, having left him, fled.

Jesus before the Council

57  And those laying hold on Jesus led 'him' away unto Caiaphas the chief priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together, 58  and Peter was following him afar off, unto the court of the chief priest, and having gone in within, he was sitting with the officers, to see the end. 59  And the chief priests, and the elders, and all the council, were seeking false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death, 60  and they did not find; and many false witnesses having come near, they did not find; and at last two false witnesses having come near, 61  said, 'This one said, I am able to throw down the sanctuary of God, and after three days to build it.' 62  And the chief priest having stood up, said to him, 'Nothing thou dost answer! what do these witness against thee? 63  and Jesus was silent. And the chief priest answering said to him, 'I adjure thee, by the living God, that thou mayest say to us, if thou art the Christ—the Son of God.' 64  Jesus saith to him, 'Thou hast said; nevertheless I say to you, hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power, and coming upon the clouds, of the heaven.' 65  Then the chief priest rent his garments, saying,—'He hath spoken evil; what need have we yet of witnesses? lo, now ye heard his evil speaking; 66  what think ye?' and they answering said, 'He is worthy of death.' 67  Then did they spit in his face and buffet him, and others did slap, 68  saying, 'Declare to us, O Christ, who he is that struck thee?'

Peter Denies Jesus

69  And Peter without was sitting in the court, and there came near to him a certain maid, saying, 'And thou wast with Jesus of Galilee!' 70  And he denied before all, saying, 'I have not known what thou sayest.' 71  And he having gone forth to the porch, another female saw him, and saith to those there, 'And this one was with Jesus of Nazareth;' 72  and again did he deny with an oath—'I have not known the man.' 73  And after a little those standing near having come, said to Peter, 'Truly thou also art of them, for even thy speech doth make thee manifest.' 74  Then began he to anathematise, and to swear—'I have not known the man;' and immediately did a cock crow, 75  and Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, he having said to him—'Before cock-crowing, thrice thou wilt deny me;' and having gone without, he did weep bitterly.

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