8:18 So listen carefully, 1 for whoever has will be given more, but 2 whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has 3 will be taken from him.”
19:26 ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, 4 but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 5
1 tn Or “Therefore pay close attention”; Grk “Take heed therefore how you hear.”
2 tn Grk “and.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.
3 sn The phrase what he thinks he has is important, because it is not what a person thinks he has that is important but whether he actually has something or not. Jesus describes the person who does not heed his word as having nothing. The person who has nothing loses even that which he thought was something but was not. In other words, he has absolutely nothing at all. Jesus’ teaching must be taken seriously.
4 tn Grk “to everyone who has, he will be given more.”
5 sn The one who has nothing has even what he seems to have taken away from him, ending up with no reward at all (see also Luke 8:18). The exact force of this is left ambiguous, but there is no comfort here for those who are pictured by the third slave as being totally unmoved by the master. Though not an outright enemy, there is no relationship to the master either. Three groups are represented in the parable: the faithful of various sorts (vv. 16, 18); the unfaithful who associate with Jesus but do not trust him (v. 21); and the enemies (v. 27).