While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God1 was going to appear at once.212
He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.13So he called ten of his servants3 and gave them ten minas.a 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.'14"But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.'15"He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.