The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:14-30

(Revised Geneva Translation)

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man, who, going into a strange country, called his servants and delivered to them his goods.

15 And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every man according to his own ability, and immediately went from home.

16 Then he who had received the five talents went and worked with them, and gained other five talents.

17 Likewise also he who had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he who received that one went and buried it in the earth, and hid his master’s money.

19 But after a long season, the master of those servants came and reckoned with them.

20 Then came he who had received five talents, and brought another five talents, saying, "Master, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained with them other five talents."

21 Then his master said uto him, "It is well done good servant and faithful. You have been faithful in little. I will make you ruler over much. Enter into your master’s joy."

22 Also he who had received two talents came, and said, "Master, you delivered to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents more."

23 His master said to him, "It is well done good servant, and faithfu. You have been faithful in little. I will make you ruler over much. Enter into your master’s joy."

24 Then he who had received the one talent came, and said, "Master, I knew that you were a hard man, who reaps where you did not sow, and gather where you did not scatter.

25 "I was therefore afraid; and went and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, here it is."

26 And his master answered, and said to him, "You evil servant, and slothful. You knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I scattered not.

27 "You ought therefore to have put my money in the bank. And then at my coming, should I have received my own with interest.

28 "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 "For to every man who has, it shall be given, and he shall have abundance. And from him who has not, even that he has shall be taken away.

30 "Cast therefore that unprofitable servant into outmost darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

~Matthew 25:14-30 (Revised Geneva Translation)