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Matthew 25:14-30 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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14 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a trip. He called together his servants and gave them money to invest for him while he was gone. 14 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.
15 He gave five bags of gold to one, two bags of gold to another, and one bag of gold to the last -- dividing it in proportion to their abilities -- and then left on his trip. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
16 The servant who received the five bags of gold began immediately to invest the money and soon doubled it. 16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.
17 The servant with two bags of gold also went right to work and doubled the money. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.
18 But the servant who received the one bag of gold dug a hole in the ground and hid the master's money for safekeeping. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
19 "After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of gold said, 'Sir, you gave me five bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.' 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'
21 The master was full of praise. 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!' 21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
22 "Next came the servant who had received the two bags of gold, with the report, 'Sir, you gave me two bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.' 22 "The man with the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.'
23 The master said, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!' 23 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
24 "Then the servant with the one bag of gold came and said, 'Sir, I know you are a hard man, harvesting crops you didn't plant and gathering crops you didn't cultivate. 24 "Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth and here it is.' 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'
26 "But the master replied, 'You wicked and lazy servant! You think I'm a hard man, do you, harvesting crops I didn't plant and gathering crops I didn't cultivate? 26 "His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?
27 Well, you should at least have put my money into the bank so I could have some interest. 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of gold. 28 " 'Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.
29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'