Matthew 25:9
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English Standard Version
But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
But the wise answered, saying, Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

English Revised Version
But the wise answered, saying, Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
"'But perhaps,' replied the wise, 'there will not be enough for all of us. Go to the shops rather, and buy some for yourselves.'

Matthew 25:9 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Not so, lest, etc. (μήποτε οὐ μὴ ἀρκέσῃ)

The Greek does not give the blunt negative of the A.V. It is a more courteous form of refusal, making the reason for refusing to supply the place of the negative. Give us of your oil, say the foolish. The wise reply, Lest perchance there be not by any means (οὐ μὴ, the double negative) enough. The Rev. gives it very happily. Peradventure there will not be enough, etc.

Matthew 25:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

lest.

Psalm 49:7-9 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him...

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people...

Ezekiel 14:14-16,20 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness...

but.

Isaiah 55:1-3,6,7 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has no money; come you, buy, and eat...

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable...

Cross References
Psalm 49:7
Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,

Matthew 7:24
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matthew 10:16
"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Matthew 25:2
Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

Matthew 25:8
And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'

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