Talents

Matthew 25:14-30

The kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods.

To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and he immediately left on his journey.

The servant that had received the five talents went and traded with the five talents, and made with them another five talents.

The servant that had received the two talents went and traded with the two talents, and made with them another two.

But the servant that had received one talent went and dug a hole in the earth and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants comes and reckons with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought the other five talents.

The first servant: Lord, you delivered five talents to me, and I have gained beside them five talents more.

His lord: Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.

He that had received two talents also came.

The second servant: Lord, you delivered two talents to me, I have gained two additional talents.

His lord: Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came.

The third servant: Lord, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered. I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the earth. There you have that which is yours.

His lord: You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I have not scattered. You ought to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I would have received my own with interest. Take the talent from him and give it to him which has ten talents, for to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has. Cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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