Great and Holy Tuesday,
Remembrance of the Ten Virgins
 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Hero’di-ans, to entrap him in his talk.
 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?
 Should we pay them, or should we not?” But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a coin, and let me look at it.”
 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.”
 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at him.
 And Sad’ducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying,
 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the wife, and raise up children for his brother.
 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no children;
 and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise;
 and the seven left no children. Last of all the woman also died.
 In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”
 Jesus said to them, “Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God?
 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, `I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
 He is not God of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”
 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?”
 Jesus answered, “The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one;
 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
 The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he;
 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any question.
 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?
 David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared, `The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
till I put thy enemies under thy feet.’
 David himself calls him Lord; so how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.
 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places
 and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,
 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
 And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
 And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny.
 And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.
 For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”
 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God.
 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.
 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh; for the earth is filled with violence through them; behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.
 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and set the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks.
 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall die.
 But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.
 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.
 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you, to keep them alive.
 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.”
 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.
 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate;
 and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive upon the face of all the earth.
 For in seven days I will send rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”
 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.
 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth.
 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark, to escape the waters of the flood.
 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground,
 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah.
 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.
 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark,
 they and every beast according to its kind, and all the cattle according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth according to its kind, and every bird according to its kind, every bird of every sort.
 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.
 And they that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.
 The flood continued forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
 The waters prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.
 And the waters prevailed so mightily upon the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered;
 the waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep.
 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, birds, cattle, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm upon the earth, and every man;
 everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.
 He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.
 And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.
 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided;
 the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,
 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters had abated;
 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ar’arat.
 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made,
 and sent forth a raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.
 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground;
 but the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put forth his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.
 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
 and the dove came back to him in the evening, and lo, in her mouth a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.
 Then he waited another seven days, and sent forth the dove; and she did not return to him any more.
 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.
 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.
 Then God said to Noah,
 “Go forth from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
 Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh — birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth — that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth.”
 So Noah went forth, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.
 And every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves upon the earth, went forth by families out of the ark.
 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.
 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the air, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea; into your hand they are delivered.
 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
 Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
 For your lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning; of every beast I will require it and of man; of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.
 Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image.
 And you, be fruitful and multiply, bring forth abundantly on the earth and multiply in it.”
 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,
 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you,
 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.
 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:
 I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,
 I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
 When the bow is in the clouds, I will look upon it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”
 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”
 Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven pillars.
 She has slaughtered her beasts, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
 She has sent out her maids to call
from the highest places in the town,
 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who is without sense she says,
 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
 Leave simpleness, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
 He who corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning.
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
 For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
 A foolish woman is noisy;
she is wanton and knows no shame.
 She sits at the door of her house,
she takes a seat on the high places of the town,
 calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who is without sense she says,
 “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
 But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.
 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
 A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
 A son who gathers in summer is prudent,
but a son who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
 Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
 Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
 He will feed his flock like a shepherd,
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or as his counselor has instructed him?
 Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,
and who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
 All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
 Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple.
 But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.”
 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?”
 And Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray.
 For many will come in my name, saying, `I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.
 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places:
 all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.
 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
 And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another.
 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
 And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold.
 But he who endures to the end will be saved.
 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.
 “So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains;
 let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house;
 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle.
 And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days!
 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath.
 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.
 And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
 Then if any one says to you, `Lo, here is the Christ!’ or `There he is!’ do not believe it.
 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
 Lo, I have told you beforehand.
 So, if they say to you, `Lo, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; if they say, `Lo, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.
 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man.
 Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;
 then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory;
 and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place.
 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.
 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,
 and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man.
 Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left.
 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.
 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
 But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into.
 Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?
 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing.
 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
 But if that wicked servant says to himself, `My master is delayed,’
 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken,
 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know,
 and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
 But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps.
 And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
 But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’
 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.
 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.’
 But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
 “For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property;
 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more.
 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more.
 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’
 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’
 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, `Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’
 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’
 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow;
 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’
 But his master answered him, `You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed?
 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’
 “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,
 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.
 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
 Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?
 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’
 And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’
 Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
 Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’
 Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’
 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,
 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
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