The Parable of the Ten Virgins - Only Five Kept Their Lamps Alight

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“For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them: 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out.” Matthew 25:3-8 ASV

Illustration of the five virgins with their lamps lit, following the bridegroom. In the background, the other five virgins knock in the dark at the closed door of the bridegroom. Flower girls and a youth with a torch walk in front of the bridegroom. Garlands are strung from the columns and ceiling.


Right Rev. Richard Gilmour, D.D. Bible History: Containing the Most Remarkable Events of the Old and New Testaments, with a Compendium of Church History (New York, NEW YORK (NY): Benziger Brothers, 1904) 194


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