Going into another country (apodhmwn). About to go away from one's people (dhmo), on the point of going abroad. This word in ancient use in this sense. There is an ellipse here that has to be supplied, It is as when or The kingdom of heaven is as when. This Parable of the Talents is quite similar to the Parable of the Pounds in Luke 19:11-28 , but they are not variations of the same story. Some scholars credit Jesus with very little versatility. His goods (ta uparconta autou). His belongings, neuter participle used as a substantive.