Matthew 25:3

“They that were foolish tooke their lampes, and tooke no oyle with them:”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
- King James Version

"For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them:
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the foolish, when they took their lights, took no oil with them.
- Basic English Bible

They that were foolish took their torches and did not take oil with them;
- Darby Bible

They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
- Webster's Bible

For the foolish, when they took their torches, did not provide themselves with oil;
- Weymouth Bible

Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them,
- World English Bible

But the fyue foolis token her laumpis, and token not oile with hem;
- Wycliffe Bible

they who were foolish having taken their lamps, did not take with themselves oil;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 25:3


25:3 The foolish took no oil with them - No more than kept them burning just for the present. None to supply their future want, to recruit their lamp's decay. The lamp is faith. A lamp and oil with it, is faith working by love.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 25:3


Mt 25:3 They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them. The Jewish lamp was a shallow vessel filled with oil, on which the wick floated. These virgins had oil in their lamps when they started, but had no oil to replenish them. They started out, apparently, all right, but did not hold out.

Discussion for Matthew 25

  • Obbie Beal
    verse 31-33, on that great-day, the process of separating the 'saved' from the' unsaved' will be so simple.
  • Obbie Beal
    Verse 1-13, only 50 percent entered into the marriage, 50 percent did not make it in. 14-30 someone wasted her his talent Life Free or slave, Life from Jehovah GOD is the talent foundation, what we do with our Life is a personal-chore never-the-less I shall give an account to GOD that day. And I will not be able to blame nobody for what I did or did not do with my talent life.
  • Obbie Beal
    34 - 46 Jesus explain my 'personal' responsibility! i can not blame my failure on no body but myself!
  • Ivy Johnson
    The reason why the dead in Christ rise first, is because they have to come from 6 feet under. Their bodies are meeting-up with their spirit in the air.Those alive and remain are on the earth. They do not have far to go. That is why the dead in Christ has to rise first. Both those who are dead, and those alive will receive their Glorified Bodies. Just like Our Lords. A Bloodless Body! GLORY!!!!
  • Grace Koome
    Todays word according to Matthew 25:23 is addressing a very important issue that is lacking grossly from majority of people some Christians included, that is faithfullness in whatever is entrusted to us , whether in Church, business or workplace sometimes including family!. How faithful are we especially here in Africa and my country Kenya in managelent of the vast resources God has given us? How faithful are we in Church no matter how 'small' the Godly assignment appear whether its teaching in Sunday School or in Ushering or tithing? God help us but we need to search our hearts and decide,"let it start with me.". God be given all the glory. Amen
  • John919
    Read ( John 17 ) and you will understand Matthew 23 through 25. We are taken out of the ways of this World but we are still on the earth doing the will of God and feeding the true words of Jesus Christ to those who are his. Earth is the footstool of Jesus Christ and he defeated Satan when he poured out his soul unto death for all those who our Heavenly Father gave unto him forever to love.

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