37. Teaching concerning Faithfulness
11 And as they were listening to these things, He spoke 1further a parable, because He was near aJerusalem and they supposed that the bkingdom of God was to 2appear immediately.
12 He said therefore, A 1certain man of noble birth 2went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and to 3return.
13 And he called 1aten of his own slaves and gave them ten 2minas, and he said to them, Do business 3until I come.
14 But his 1acitizens hated him and sent an envoy after him, saying, 2We do not want this man to reign over us.
15 And when he came back, having received the kingdom, he commanded that those slaves to whom he had given the money should be called to him so that he might know what they had gained by doing business.
16 And the first appeared, saying, Master, your mina has gained ten minas.
17 And he said to him, Well done, good slave. Because you have become afaithful in the least, 1have authority bover ten cities.
18 And the second came, saying, Your mina, master, has made five minas.
19 And he said to this one as well, And you, be over 1five cities.
20 1And the other came, saying, Master, behold your mina, which I 2kept laid away in a ahandkerchief;
21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a 1harsh man: you withdraw what you did not deposit, and you reap what you did anot sow.
22 He said to him, Out of your mouth I will 1judge you, awicked slave. You knew that I am a harsh man, withdrawing what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.
23 Why then did you not put my money 1in the bank, and when I came, I would have collected it with interest?
24 And to those standing by he said, Take the mina away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.
25 And they said to him, Master, he has ten minas.
26 I tell you that to everyone who ahas, more shall be given, but from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away.
27 However, these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and 1aslay them before me.