For unto everyone that hath shall be given
This seems to be a frequent saying of Christ's, or a common maxim of his, which he made use of on different occasions; (See Gill on Matthew 13:12), and accords with some usual sayings, and proverbial expressions of the Jews; who say F1, that "the blessed God does not give wisdom, but to him that has wisdom"; and of a man, in other respects, they use this is a common proverb F2,
``if he adds or increases, they add unto him, and if he lessens, they lessen to him:''and so here; he that has gifts; and talents, shall have an addition to them.
And he shall have abundance
of spiritual gifts and knowledge;
but from him that hath not, shall be taken away, even that
The Vulgate Latin reads, "that which he seemed to have", and so reads Munster's Hebrew Gospel, and so it is read in some Greek copies; though it seems to be taken out of ( Luke 8:18 ) .