A (1a) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
B (1b) which took their lamps,
C (1c) and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
D (2a) And five of them were wise,
E (2b) and five were foolish.
E’ (3) They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
D’ (4) But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
C’ (5-6) While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
B’ (7-9) Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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.
A’ (10-12) 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 he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. (13) Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.