(149) The Parable of the Ten Servants
As they were listening to these things, He went on to tell them a parable, for He was near Jerusalem and they thought that the kingdom of God would immediately appear. Therefore He said: “A certain man of noble birth went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. So he called his ten servants and gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Occupy yourselves with this until I come.’
“But his citizens hated him and sent a message after him, which said, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’
“And it came to pass, when he returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded that these servants, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
“The first one came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has earned ten more.’
“And his lord said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you have been faithful with very little, you have authority over ten cities.’
“Then the second one came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has earned five more.’
“And his lord said the same to him, ‘You will also be over five cities.’
“Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, look, here is your mina, which I have kept laid away in a cloth. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.’
“And his lord said to him, ‘I will use the words out of your own mouth to judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow. So why didn’t you put my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’
“Then he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ But they said to him, ‘Lord, he already has ten minas.’
“For I tell you, that to everyone who has, more shall be given; but the man who has nothing, even that shall be taken away from him. But those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.”
And when He had said these things, He went ahead, ascending up to Jerusalem.
(149) The Parable of the Ten Servants
Luke 19:11-28, KJV
11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. 12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. 20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: 21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. 22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: 23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? 24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. 25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) 26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. 27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. 28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
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