19:12 Therefore he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.
19:13 And he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’
19:14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be king over us!’
19:15 When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted to know how much they had earned by trading.
19:16 So the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made ten minas more.’
19:17 And the king said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you will have authority over ten cities.’
19:18 Then the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’
19:19 So the king said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’
19:20 Then another slave came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina that I put away for safekeeping in a piece of cloth.
19:21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You withdraw what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.’
19:22 The king said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! So you knew, did you, that I was a severe man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow?
19:23 Why then didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’
19:24 And he said to his attendants, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’
19:25 But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’
19:26 ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
19:27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and slaughter them in front of me!’”