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Matthew 25:16-27

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25:16 The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work 1  and gained five more. 25:17 In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. 25:18 But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. 25:19 After 2  a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 25:20 The 3  one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, 4  you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 25:21 His master answered, 5  ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:22 The 6  one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ 25:23 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:24 Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25:25 so 7  I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 25:26 But his master answered, 8  ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? 25:27 Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, 9  and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! 10 

1 tn Grk “traded with them.”

2 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

3 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.

4 tn Grk Or “Lord; or “Master” (and so throughout this paragraph).

5 tn Grk “His master said to him.”

6 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

7 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.

8 tn Grk “But answering, his master said to him.” This is somewhat redundant and has been simplified in the translation.

9 tn For the translation “deposited my money with the bankers,” see L&N 57.216.

10 sn That is, “If you really feared me you should have done a minimum to get what I asked for.”



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