Imprudent Definition – Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matthew 25:3. The definition of imprudent is defined as “lacking forethought or caution; resulting from stupidity or misinformation”. The Bible parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins provides a good example of the definition of imprudence. In this parable the ten virgins were given the task of greeting the bridegroom as he arrived to the wedding late at night. To do this the virgins were to have lamps to light the way for the bridegroom. All of the ten virgins had lamps, but five were wise and five were foolish.

The five wise virgins were prepared for the bridegroom in that they brought extra oil to re-fill their lamps if the bridegroom was late. The five foolish virgins were imprudent in that they did not give enough forethought to bring extra oil if the bridegroom would arrive late (Matthew 25:3, “ They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:”). All the virgins knew how long the lamps would stay lit without refilling the lamps with oil. They also knew that the bridegroom could arrive early or late that night. The foolish virgins were imprudent because they just went through the motions of acting as wedding greeters. They accepted their calling, but did not follow through on what they needed to do to meet all eventualities.

Matthew 25:3, “They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:”

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