Have your lamps
Ἔστωσαν ὑμῶν αἱ ὀσφύες περιεζωσμέναι καὶ οἱ λύχνοι καιόμενοι·
Luke indicated that Jesus said to them that they should have their clothes dressed for action (Ἔστωσαν ὑμῶν αἱ ὀσφύες περιεζωσμέναι). They should have their lamps burning with light (καὶ οἱ λύχνοι καιόμενοι). There was something similar in Matthew chapter 25:1, about having lamps lit. There Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven would be like 10 bridesmaids, having lamps with them, waiting to meet the bridegroom. They were to be an escort in a procession to the bride’s house and then to the wedding banquet with their lit candles. However, there was nothing in Matthew about being dressed for action. Are you always dressed and ready for action?
“The kingdom of heaven
Will be like this.
Took their lamps.
They went to meet
Τότε ὁμοιωθήσεται ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν δέκα παρθένοις, αἵτινες λαβοῦσαι τὰς λαμπάδας ἑαυτῶν ἐξῆλθον εἰς ὑπάντησιν τοῦ νυμφίου
This parable is unique to Matthew, but there is something similar in Luke, chapter 12:35-36, about having lamps lit. Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven would be like (ότε ὁμοιωθήσεται ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν)10 bridesmaids, virgins, or unmarried maidens (δέκα παρθένοις) having lamps with them (αἵτινες λαβοῦσαι τὰς λαμπάδας ἑαυτῶν). They were waiting to go out to meet the bridegroom (ἐξῆλθον εἰς ὑπάντησιν τοῦ νυμφίου). The custom at that time was to have these virgin bridesmaids or unmarried maidens accompany the bridegroom from his house to the house of the bride before they would go to the wedding place. Thus, these bridesmaid virgins would act as an escort in a procession to the bride’s house and then to the wedding banquet place.