The Parable of the Ten Virgins

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Matthew 25:1-13, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Jesus told His disciples a story to teach them about the kingdom of heaven. He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like ten girls who were waiting for a bridegroom. They all had lamps with them. Five of the girls were wise, and five were not so wise. The wise girls brought extra oil for their lamps, but the others did not.

The bridegroom was taking a long time to come, so all the girls fell asleep. But suddenly, in the middle of the night, they heard a shout, ‘Here comes the bridegroom! Come and meet him!’ So, all the girls got up and started to get ready.

The foolish girls realized they didn’t have enough oil to keep their lamps burning, so they asked the wise girls if they could have some of their oil. But the wise girls said, ‘No, we only have enough for ourselves. You should go and buy some more oil for yourselves.’

So, the foolish girls went to buy more oil, and while they were away, the bridegroom arrived. The wise girls went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.

Later, the other girls also came and said, “Lord, please let us in.” But the bridegroom said, “I don’t know you.”

So, Jesus said to always be ready, because we don’t know when He will come.

Biblical Lessons

  • Be prepared and ready for Jesus’ return.
  • We need to take our faith seriously and not be careless about it.
  • We should not assume that we have plenty of time to get ready for Jesus’ return.
  • We cannot borrow someone else’s faith or spiritual preparedness.
  • It’s important to be discerning and wise in our spiritual lives.

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