14 “For it is as if a man,I going on a journey,II summonedIII
hisIV slavesV and entrustedVI his propertyVII to them;
15 to oneVIII he gaveIX fiveX talents,XI
to another two,XII to another one,XIII to eachXIV according to his ability.XV
Then he went away.XVI At onceXVII 16 the one who had receivedXVIII the five talents went offXIX
and tradedXX with them and madeXXI five moreXXII talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went offXXIII and dugXXIV a hole in the groundXXV
and hidXXVI his master’sXXVII money.XXVIII
19 After a longXXIX timeXXX the master of those slaves cameXXXI and settledXXXII accountsXXXIII with them.
20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward,XXXIV bringingXXXV five more talents, saying,XXXVI ‘Master, you handed overXXXVII to me five talents; see,XXXVIII I have made five more talents.’
21 His master saidXXXIX to him, ‘Well done,XL goodXLI and trustworthyXLII slave; you have beenXLIII trustworthy in a few things;XLIV
I will putXLV you in charge of many things;XLVI enterXLVII into the joyXLVIII of your master.’
22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’
23 His master saidXLIX to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things; I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knewL that you were a harshLI man, reapingLII
where you did not sowLIII and gatheringLIV where you did not scatter,LV
25 so I was afraid,LVI and I wentLVII and hid your talent in the ground. HereLVIII you haveLIX what is yours.’
26 But his master replied, ‘You wickedLX and lazyLXI slave! You knew,LXII did you, that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I did not scatter?
27 Then you oughtLXIII to have investedLXIV my money with the bankers,LXV and on my returnLXVI
I would have receivedLXVII what was my own with interest.LXVIII 28 So takeLXIX the talent from him, and give it to the one withLXX the tenLXXI talents.
29 For to allLXXII those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance,LXXIII but from those who have nothing,LXXIV even what they have will be taken away.LXXV 30 As for this worthlessLXXVI slave, throwLXXVII him
into the outerLXXVIII darkness,LXXIX where there will be weepingLXXX and gnashingLXXXI of teeth.’LXXXII
Image credit: “The One who Stares into the Void” by Nina Kossman, 2019.