Sleepy Scriptures Episode Sixteen

Continuing with Matthew, we hear parables of the ten virgins and their lamps, the servants and their talents, and the dividing of sheep from goats. Jesus is betrayed by Judas following the last supper and is taken away and interrogated as Peter denies knowing him. From Exodus, after a river of blood, and plagues of frogs, lice and flies, Pharaoh still won’t let Moses’ people go.

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Matthew Chapter Twenty Five

1: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
 
2: And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
 
3: They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
 
4: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
 
5: While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
 
6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
 
7: :Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
 
8: And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
 
9: But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
 
10: And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
 
11: Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
 
12: But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
 
13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
 
14: For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
 
15: And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
 
16: Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
 
17: And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
 
18: But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
 
19: After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
 
20: And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
 
21: His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
 
22: He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
 
23: His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
 
24: Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
 
25: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
 
26: His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
 
27: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
 
28: Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
 
29: For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
 
30: And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
 
31: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
 
32: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
 
33: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
 
34: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
 
35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
 
36: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
 
37: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
 
38: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
 
39: Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
 
40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
 
41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
 
42: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
 
43: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
 
44: Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
 
45: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
 
46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Matthew Chapter Twenty Six

1: And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
 
2: Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
 
3: Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
 
4: And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
 
5: But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
 
6: Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
 
7: :There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
 
8: But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
 
9: For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
 
10: When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
 
11: For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
 
12: For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
 
13: Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
 
14: Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
 
15: And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
 
16: And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
 
17: Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
 
18: And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
 
19: And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
 
20: Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
 
21: And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
 
22: And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
 
23: And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
 
24: The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
 
25: Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
 
26: And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
 
27: And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
 
28: For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
 
29: But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
 
30: And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
 
31: Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
 
32: But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
 
33: Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
 
34: Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
 
35: Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
 
36: Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
 
37: And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
 
38: Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
 
39: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
 
40: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
 
41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
 
42: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
 
43: And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
 
44: And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
 
45: Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
 
46: Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
 
47: And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
 
48: Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
 
49: And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
 
50: And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
 
51: And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
 
52: Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
 
53: Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
 
54: But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
 
55: In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
 
56: But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
 
57: And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
 
58: But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
 
59: Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
 
60: But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
 
61: And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
 
62: And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
 
63: But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
 
64: Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
 
65: Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
 
66: What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
 
67: Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
 
68: Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
 
69: Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
 
70: But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
 
71: And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
 
72: And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
 
73: And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
 
74: Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
 
75: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Exodus Chapter Seven

1: And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
 
2: Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
 
3: And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
 
4: But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
 
5: And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
 
6: And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.
 
7: :And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.
 
8: And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
 
9: When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
 
10: And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
 
11: Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
 
12: For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
 
13: And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
 
14: And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.
 
15: Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.
 
16: And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.
 
17: Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.
 
18: And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
 
19: And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
 
20: And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
 
21: And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
 
22: And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.
 
23: And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.
 
24: And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.
 
25: And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.

Exodus Chapter Eight

1: And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
 
2: And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:
 
3: And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:
 
4: And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
 
5: And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.
 
6: And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.
 
7: :And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.
 
8: Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.
 
9: And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?
 
10: And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God.
 
11: And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.
 
12: And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.
 
13: And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.
 
14: And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.
 
15: But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
 
16: And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
 
17: And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
 
18: And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
 
19: Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
 
20: And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
 
21: Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
 
22: And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.
 
23: And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.
 
24: And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.
 
25: And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.
 
26: And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?
 
27: We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.
 
28: And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.
 
29: And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.
 
30: And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD.
 
31: And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
 
32: And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.

Psalm Twenty

1: The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
 
2: Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
 
3: Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
 
4: Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfill all thy counsel.
 
5: We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfill all thy petitions.
 
6: Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
 
7: :Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
 
8: They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
 
9: Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

Proverbs Chapter Thirteen

1: A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
 
2: A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
 
3: He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
 
4: The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
 
5: A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
 
6: Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
 
7: :There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
 
8: The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
 
9: The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
 
10: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
 
11: Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
 
12: Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
 
13: Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
 
14: The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
 
15: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
 
16: Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
 
17: A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
 
18: Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
 
19: The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
 
20: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
 
21: Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
 
22: A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
 
23: Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
 
24: He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
 
25: The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

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