Oli kymmenen morsiusneitoa, jotka ottivat lamppunsa ja lähtivät sulhasta vastaan. Viisi heistä oli tyhmää ja viisi viisasta. Tyhmät ottivat lamppunsa mutta eivät varanneet mukaansa öljyä. Viisaat sitä vastoin ottivat lampun lisäksi mukaansa öljyastian.
Once there was ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.