The Lord's Talent by Tony Nester

The Lord's Talent
Tony R. Nester
Matthew 25:14-30

(Matthew 25:14-30 NRSV) ""For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; {15} to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. {16} The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. {17} In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. {18} But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. {19} After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. {20} Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' {21} His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' {22} And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' {23} His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' {24} Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; {25} so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' {26} But his master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? {27} Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. {28} So take the talent f ...


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