10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were readyXXVIII went with him into the wedding banquet;XXIX and the doorXXX was shut.XXXI
11 Later the otherXXXII bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord,XXXIII lord, open to us.’
17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dugLV a hole in the ground and hidLVI his master’sLVII money.LVIII 19 After a long timeLIX the master of those slaves came and settledLX accountsLXI with them.
21 His master saidLXV to him, ‘Well done,LXVI goodLXVII and trustworthyLXVIII slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will putLXIX you in charge of many things; enter into the joyLXX of your master.’
22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’
23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knewLXXI that you were a harshLXXII man, reapingLXXIII where you did not sow,LXXIV
28 So takeLXXXVII the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance;LXXXVIII but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthlessLXXXIX slave, throwXC him into the outer darkness,XCI where there will be weepingXCII and gnashingXCIII of teeth.’
37 Then the righteousCXXVI will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we sawCXXVII you hungry and gave you food,CXXVIII or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’
40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the leastCXXIX of these who are members of my family,CXXX you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed,CXXXI departCXXXII from me
into the eternalCXXXIII fireCXXXIV prepared for the devilCXXXV and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sickCXXXVI and in prison and you did not visit me.’
44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care ofCXXXVII you?’
45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment,CXXXVIII but the righteous into eternal life.”CXXXIX
Image credit: “Separation of Sheep and Goats” – a reproduction of a 6th century Byzantine mosaic.