there were ten virgins who took their lamps and went forth to meet a bridegroom. Five of them were wise, and five were foolish. The foolish ones took their lamps, but brought no oil with them. But the wise took oil in vessels along with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, the maidens all slumbered and slept. At midnight the watchman cried out that the bridegroom was coming. All the virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones begged the wise to give them some of their oil, for their lamps had gone out. But the wise refused, lest there be not enough for both of them. Instead, they told the foolish maidens to go to those that sell oil, and buy it for themselves.
While the foolish maidens were gone, buying oil, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding, and the door was shut. Later the foolish virgins arrived.
“Lord, Lord, open the door to us,” they cried.
“Truly I tell you, I do not know,” he replied.
The moral of the story is to be prepared, for you do not know the day or the hour when the kingdom of heaven on earth will arrive.