Matthew 25:7

ESV Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.
NIV Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
NASB Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
CSB "Then all the virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
NLT All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps.
KJV Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

What does Matthew 25:7 mean?

The foolishness of five of the ten young women in Jesus' story is about to become apparent. Of the ten, only five were wise enough to bring extra oil for their lamps. The other five brought only what their lamps already contained. Had the bridegroom arrived almost immediately, this might not have been an issue. Yet, he's arriving later than they expected (Matthew 25:1–6).

Most scholars suggest these "lamps" should be understood as objects modern people would think of as torches. These worked by dousing oil onto rags tied around the top of a bundle of sticks or a branch. Historians suggest such torches would burn for as little as 15 minutes before going out. It is possible the young women had not even lit their torches before hearing the cry that the groom has arrived. Or the torches may have burned out as they slept while waiting for the groom, who was delayed.

In any case, all ten young women have awakened and are preparing their lamps or torches to go out into the night. They are likely planning to walk with the groom and the wedding party back to his home for the wedding feast.
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