Matthew 25:1-13

(from Simon)

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.

2 thoughts on “Matthew 25:1-13”

  1. This “check mark” style chiastic structure (with half the structure acting as basically a “table of contents” for the larger second half) is also seen in the book of Romans, where (after the intro) 1:8-18 summarize and form a reasoned outline for the rest of the epistle. Search and see – the structure can viewed on my web site.

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