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Only in two points do the two classes of Virgins differ: the wise ones carry oil in their vessels while the foolish do not; and the wise Virgins go in to the Marriage Feast where as the foolish ones are rejected.

They all are Virgins,

Have Lamps (the appearance),

They Bear Light (the conduct which Glorifies God),

Have oil (the Holy Spirit),

Go forth to meet the bridegroom (waiting),


Hear the midnight cry,

Arise (Resurrection),

And trim their Lamps (prepare oil).

Yet however numerous are their similarities and seemingly limited are their differences, the consequences for each group are far, far apart.

What care must we therefore exercise!

Whatever may be the cause, that will be the effect.

Today’s difference will produce tomorrow’s divergence.

The glory or shame in the age to come is decided today.