While they were listening to thesethings, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because1He was nearJerusalem, and they supposed that 2the kingdom of God was going to appearimmediately.
12So He said, "3A noblemanwent to a distantcountry to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.13"And he calledten of his slaves, and gave them tenaminas and said to them, 'Dobusiness with this buntil I come back.'14"But his citizenshated him and sentca delegationafter him, saying, 'We do not wantthisman to reignover us.'15"When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that theseslaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might knowwhatbusiness they had done.16"The firstappeared, saying, 'dMaster, your emina has madetenminasmore.'17"And he said to him, 'Welldone, goodslave, because you have been4faithful in a verylittlething, you are to be in authorityovertencities.'18"The secondcame, saying, 'Your fmina, gmaster, has madefiveminas.'19"And he said to him also, 'And you are to be overfivecities.'20"Anothercame, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I keptputaway in a handkerchief;21for I was afraid of you, because you are an exactingman; you take up what you did not laydown and reapwhat you did not sow.'