Matthew 25:14-28 (New American Standard)

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Parable of the Talents

14 "1For it is just like a man 2about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 "To one he gave five a3talents, to another , two, and to another , one, each according to his own ability ; and he 4went on his journey. 16 "Immediately the one who had received the five 5talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17 "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his bmaster's money. 19 "Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and 6settled accounts with them. 20 "The one who had received the five 7talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.' 21 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and 8faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will 9put you in charge of many things ; enter into the joy of your cmaster.' 22 "Also the one who had received the two 10talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.' 23 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and 11faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things ; enter into the joy of your master.' 24 "And the one also who had received the one 12talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.' 26 "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 'Then you ought to have put my money din the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'
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