The Bible in Its Traditions

Matthew 25:14–30

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14  "For [it is ]as[ if] a man leaving on a journey, who called his own servants and handed over his possessions to them.

14  For it is like a man setting out on a long journey, who called his servants and delivered to them his goods.

14  It is just like a man who went on a journey, who called his servants and put his wealth in their charge.

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15  And to the one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey.

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16  Then the [one] receiving the five talents went and traded with them, and made five other talents.

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17  And likewise the [one receiving the ]two gained two more also.

17  In like manner he also that [received] the two gained other two.

17  And similarly, he who had received two gained another two.

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18  But the [one] receiving one went away and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money.

18  But he who had received one, going out, dug into the earth, and he hid the money of his lord.

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19  Then after much time, the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

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20  And the [one] who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I gained five more talents besides them.'

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21  "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

21  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

21  His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you over many things. Enter into the gladness of your lord.’

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22  "And also the [one ]receiving the two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.'

22  Then he who had received two talents also approached, and he said: ‘Lord, you delivered two talents to me. Behold, I have gained another two.’

22  Then the one with the two talents came and he said, My lord, you gave me two talents, behold I have gained two others to them.

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23  "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

23  His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you over many things. Enter into the gladness of your lord.’

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24  "Then the [one] having received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you, that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter.

24  And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter;

24  Then he who had received one talent, approaching, said: ‘Lord, I know that you are a hard man. You reap where you have not sown, and gather where you have not scattered.

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25  And being afraid, I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Look, you have what is yours.'

25  and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own.

25  So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground; here it is, it is your own one.

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26  "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter.

26  But his lord said to him in response: ‘You evil and lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered.

26  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed

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27  Therefore you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received what is mine with interest.

27  thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest.

27  You should then have put my money in the exchange, and when I returned I would have demanded my own with interest.

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28  Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.

28  Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents.

28  And so, take the talent away from him and give it the one who has ten talents.

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29  For to everyone who has, [more] shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but to him who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

29  For to him who has, it shall he given, and it shall increase to him; but he who has not, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.

29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

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30  And cast the useless servant into the darkness outside. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

30  And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

30  And the idle servant they threw into the outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.