d. A Parable for Faithfulness
14 aFor the 1kingdom of the heavens is just like a 2man about to go 2babroad, who called his own 3cslaves and delivered to them 4his dpossessions.
15 To one he gave five 1atalents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his 2own ability. And he went abroad.
16 Immediately he who had received the five talents went and 1traded with them and 2gained another five.
17 Similarly, he who had received the two gained another two.
18 But he who had received the 1one went off and 2dug in the earth and 3hid his master's money.
19 Now after a 1long time the master of those slaves 2came and 3asettled accounts with them.
20 And he who had received the five talents 1came and brought another five talents, saying, Master, you delivered to me five talents; behold, I have gained 2another five talents.
21 His master said to him, Well done, good and afaithful slave. You were faithful over a 1few things; I will bset you 2over 3many things. Enter into the 4cjoy of your master.
22 And he who had received the two talents also came and said, Master, you delivered to me two talents; behold, I have gained another two talents.
23 His master said to him, 1Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will 2set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.
24 Then he who had received the one talent also 1came and said, Master, I 2knew about you, that you are a 3hard man, reaping where you did 4not sow, and gathering where you did 4not 5winnow.
25 And I was 1afraid and 2went off and hid your talent in the earth; behold, 3you have what is yours.
26 And his master answered and said to him, aEvil and bslothful slave, you knew that 1I reap where I did not sow and gather where I did not winnow.
27 Therefore you should have 1deposited my money with the money changers; and when I came, I would have recovered what is mine with 2interest.
28 1Take away therefore the talent from him and 2give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For 1ato every one who has, more shall be given, and he shall abound; but from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.
30 And 1acast out the useless slave into the 2outer darkness. In that place 3there will be the 4bweeping and the gnashing of teeth.