When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all of his angels,
he will sit on his royal throne. The people of all nations will be
brought before him, and he will separate them, as shepherds separate their
sheep from their goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his
left. Then the king will say to those on his right, "My father has
blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you
before the world was created. When I was hungry, you gave me something
to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I
was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to
wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you
Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we
give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a
stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in
The king will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my
people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you
did it for me."
Then the king will say to those on his left, "Get away from
me! You are under God's curse. Go into the everlasting fire
prepared for the devil and his angels! I was hungry, but you did not
give me anything to eat, and I was thirsty, but you did not give me anything
to drink. I was a stranger, but you did not welcome me, and I was
naked, but you did not give me any clothes to wear. I was sick and in
jail, but you did not take care of me."
Then the people will ask, "Lord, when did we fail to help
you when you were hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in
The king will say to them, "Whenever you failed to help any
of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for
Then Jesus said, "Those people will be punished
forever. But the ones who pleased God will have eternal life."
Contemporary English Version The Holy Bible (New York ,
NY: American Bible Society 1995)