Matthew 25:5

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

While the bridegrome taried, they all slumbred and slept.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and {began} to sleep.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now the husband was a long time in coming, and they all went to sleep.
- Basic English Bible

Now the bridegroom tarrying, they all grew heavy and slept.
- Darby Bible

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
- Webster's Bible

The bridegroom was a long time in coming, so that meanwhile they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
- Weymouth Bible

Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
- World English Bible

And whilis the hosebonde tariede, alle thei nappiden and slepten.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And the bridegroom tarrying, they all nodded and were sleeping,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 25:5

25:5 While the bridegroom delayed - That is, before they were called to attend him, they all slumbered and slept - Were easy and quiet, the wise enjoying a true, the foolish a false peace.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 25:5

Mt 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried. This suggests that the heavenly Bridegroom will not return as soon as the church expects him. We have a hint of the same kind in Mt 24:48. They all slumbered and slept. Literally, "nodded and fell asleep". The thought is that the Bridegroom came at an unexpected moment.

Discussion for Matthew 25

  • A Christian
    Perhaps the wise virgins knew their spiritual condition needed work that could only be performed under the anaesthetic of darkness?
  • Anne
    We should share our gifts and talents with others 1 Peter 4:10 tells us "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another; as good stewards of the manifold grace of God".
  • Evangelist Andrew Kelly
    We are taking about taking oil, that oil is the words of the King Jame bible in order to keep our light shining in Christ Jesus the Son of God. I see many foolish Christians of the hour looking for water and no oil to extinguish the lamp of the words of the Gospel of Christ.

    Ephesians 5:[8] For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
  • A disciple
    "And five of them were wise, and five foolish." The *wise (having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right, and conducting oneself thereby) are those Blessed, which when the Lord comes shall find so doing; and the *foolish (moron; a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment) who neglected the truth and had no *enthusiasm (possession by God within).
  • C
    Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this , To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27
  • Insight777
    What men say is Holy on earth is open to their religious interpretation. Some religions say something is Holy when others say it is not. Fact or fiction, that "holiness" does exist, lie or truth, all deal with people that do not agree. Physical response to what is spiritual belief is what Jesus taught against. Jesus wants people to believe truth but to not kill people that do not understand truth.

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