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 handed over his goods to them.

16 “Then the one who had received the five talents, went and traded with them, and gained another five talents.

17 “Likewise also, the one who received two, gained another two.

18 “But the one who received the 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 settled with them.

20 “Then the one who had received five talents came, and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five more talents with them.’

21 “Then his master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in little. I will make you ruler over much. Enter into your master’s joy.’

22 “Also, the one who had received two talents came, and said, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents more.’

23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in little. I will make you ruler over much. Enter into your master’s joy.’

24 “Then the one who had received the one talent came, and said, ‘Master, I knew that you were a hard man, who reaps where you do not sow, and gathers where you do not scatter.

25 ‘Therefore, I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’

26 “And his master answered, and said to him, ‘You evil and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter.

27 “‘Therefore, you ought to have put my money in the bank. And then at my coming I would have received my own with interest.

28 “‘Therefore, take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 “‘For to everyone who has, it shall be given, and he shall have abundance. But from the one who has not, even that he has shall be taken away.

30 "Therefore, cast that unprofitable servant into outmost darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

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