Good News Translation (GNT)
The Parable of the Three Servants
14 "At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be
like this. Once there was a man who was
about to leave home on a trip; he called his
servants and put them in charge of his
15 He gave to each one according to his ability:
to one he gave five thousand gold coins,
to another he gave two thousand, and to
another he gave one thousand.
Then he left on his trip.
16 The servant who had received five thousand
coins went at once and invested his money
and earned another five thousand.
17 In the same way the servant who had received
two thousand coins earned another two
18 But the servant who had received one
thousand coins went off, dug a hole in the
ground, and hid his master's money.
19 "After a long time the master of those servants
came back and settled accounts with them.
20 The servant who had received five thousand
coins came in and handed over the other five
thousand. 'You gave me five thousand coins,
sir,' he said. 'Look! Here are another five
thousand that I have earned.'
21 'Well done, you good and faithful servant!'
said his master. 'You have been faithful
in managing small amounts, so I will put you
in charge of large amounts. Come on in
and share my happiness!'
22 Then the servant who had been given two
thousand coins came in and said, 'You gave
me two thousand coins, sir. Look! Here are
another two thousand that I have earned.'
23 'Well done, you good and faithful servant!'
said his master. 'You have been faithful in
managing small amounts, so I will put you
in charge of large amounts.
Come on in and share my happiness!'
24 Then the servant who had received one
thousand coins came in and said, 'Sir, I know
you are a hard man; you reap harvests where
you did not plant, and you gather crops
where you did not scatter seed.
25 I was afraid, so I went off and hid your money
in the ground. Look! Here is what belongs to
26 'You bad and lazy servant!' his master said.
'You knew, did you, that I reap harvests
where I did not plant, and gather crops where
I did not scatter seed?
27 Well, then, you should have deposited my
money in the bank, and I would have received
it all back with interest when I returned.
28 Now, take the money away from him and give
it to the one who has ten thousand coins.
29 For to every person who has something, even
more will be given, and he will have more than
enough; but the person who has nothing,
even the little that he has will be taken away
30 As for this useless servant - throw him outside
in the darkness; there he will cry and gnash
Commentary taken from
'The Applied New Testament Commentary'
The Parable of the Talents (Three Servants)
The second coming of Jesus
will be like a man going on a journey.
The man is Jesus.
The parable's meaning is this:
Jesus gives different gifts to
different people according
to their ability.
But whatever gifts He gives,
He wants us to use them.
If He gives us land,
He wants us to diligently raise crops.
If He gives us the chance to study,
He wants us to study hard.
If He gives us the gift of teaching,
or of leadership,
then we must teach and lead
diligently and wisely.
If He gives us wealth,
we must use it in His service.
In the parable,
one servant received only a small gift,
just one talent. (one thousand gold coins)
He did not use the gift the master
had given him.
He buried the money in the ground.
Although they are not mentioned
in this parable,
there are many people who receive
two or five talents in this life
and bury all of them in the ground.
Their guilt will be even
greater than the guilt
of the man with only one talent.
If we do not use our spiritual
and material blessings
in God's service,
they will be taken away from us.
If we grieve the Holy Spirit,
He will depart from us.
The punishment for a servant
who misuses a gift of God
is very severe.
When we do not use God's gift
in His service, we cheat God,
we oppose God.
Therefore, He will oppose us.
Many people say to themselves,
"I can do so little for God,"
and they use that as an excuse
for doing nothing.
Such people are like the wicked
and lazy servant of this parable.
In Luke's 'parable of the minas'
(A mina was worth three month's wages)
the master went to a distant country
to have himself appointed king.
But his subjects sent a
delegation after him to say,
'We don't want this man to be our king'.
Then at the end of the parable,
the king had those enemies put to death.
These extra details about the king
do not change the meaning of the parable.
However, they do describe
a historic occurrence.
Archelaus, the son of King Herod,
went to the Roman emperor,
after his father's death,
to confirm his succession
to his father's throne.
But a delegation of Jews went
after him and appealed to the emperor
asking that Archelaus
not be made king over them.
As a result,
the emperor reduced Archelaus' authority.
Later, Archelaus persecuted
the Jews who had opposed him.
Let us not be among those
who oppose the true king, Jesus,
the King of kings.
If we reject His gifts,
if we refuse to serve Him,
we shall bring upon ourselves
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