Mt 25:1
25:1 Then {1} shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten
     virgins, which took their lamps, and {a} went forth to meet
     the bridegroom.

 (1) We must desire strength from God's hand which may serve us
     as a torch while we walk through this darkness, to bring us
     to our desired end: otherwise, if we become slothful and
     negligent because we are weary of our pains and travail,
     we shall be kept from entering the doors.
     (a) The pomp of weddings was usually preferred to be done at
         night, and that by young unmarried women.

Mt 25:5
25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all {b} slumbered and

     (b) Their eyes being heavy with sleep.

Mt 25:14
25:14 {2} For [the kingdom of heaven is] as a man travelling
      into a far country, [who] called his own servants, and
      delivered unto them his goods.

 (2) Christ witnesses that there will be a long time between his
     departure to his Father and his coming again to us, but yet
     notwithstanding that, he will at that day take an account
     not only of the rebellious and obstinate, how they have
     made use of that which they received from him, but also of
     his household servants, who have because of slothfulness
     not employed those gifts which he bestowed upon them.

Mt 25:15
25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to
      another one; to every man according to his several {c}
      ability; and straightway took his journey.

      (c) According to the wisdom and skill in dealing which
          was given to them.

Mt 25:21
25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and
      faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few
      things, I will make thee ruler over many things: {d} enter
      thou into the joy of thy lord.

      (d) Come and receive the fruit of my goodness: now the
          Lord's joy is doubled; see @Joh 15:11: that my
          joy may remain in you, and your joy be fulfilled.

Mt 25:27
25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the {e}
      exchangers, and [then] at my coming I should have received
      mine own with usury.

      (e) Bankers who have their shops or tables set up abroad,
          where they lend money at interest. Usury or loaning
          money at interest is strictly forbidden by the Bible,
          @Ex 22:25-27 De 23:19,20.  Even a rate as low
          as one per cent interest was disallowed, @Ne 5:11.
          This servant had already told two lies. First he said
          the master was an austere or harsh man. This is a lie
          for the Lord is merciful and gracious. Next he called
          his master a thief because he reaped where he did not
          sow.  Finally the master said to him sarcastically why
          did you not add insult to injury and loan the money
          out at interest so you could call your master a
          "usurer" too!  If the servant had done this, his
          master would have been responsible for his servant's
          actions and guilty of usury.

Mt 25:31
25:31 {3} When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all
      the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the
      throne of his glory:

 (3) A graphic setting forth of the everlasting judgment which
     is to come.

Mt 25:34
25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come,
      ye {f} blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared
      for you from the foundation of the world:

      (f) Blessed and happy, upon whom my Father has most
          abundantly bestowed his benefits.

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