New International Version
The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
King James Bible
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Darby Bible Translation
Now the bridegroom tarrying, they all grew heavy and slept.
World English Bible
Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
Young's Literal Translation
'And the bridegroom tarrying, they all nodded and were sleeping,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The bridegroom tarried - The coming of the bridegroom to an individual may imply his death: his coming to the world - the final judgment. The delay - the time from a man's birth till his death, in the first case; in the second, the time from the beginning to the end of the world.
Slumbered and slept - Or, ενυϚαξαν και εκαθευδον, they became drowsy and fell asleep. As sleep is frequently used in the sacred writings for death, so drowsiness, which precedes sleep, may be considered as pointing out the decays of the constitution, and the sicknesses which precede death. The other explanations which are given of this place must be unsatisfactory to every man who is not warped by some point in his creed, which must be supported at every expense. Carelessness disposed them to drowsiness, drowsiness to sleep, deep sleep, which rendered them as unconscious of their danger as they were before inattentive to their duty. The Anglo-Saxon has hit the meaning of the original well - of which my old MS. Bible gives a literal version, in the English of the 14th century: forsothe-alle nappeden and sleptyn.
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Preached at Southsea for the Mission of the Good Shepherd. October 1871. St Matt. xxv. 34-37. "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: 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: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous …
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The Day of Judgment. Extracted from a Sermon by Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, and Martyr, 1555. (1)
Conclusion of Our Lord's Discourse. Parables of virgins and Talents. The Final Judgment.
But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,'
The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
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