As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because
he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom
of God was to appear immediately.
12 So he said,
‘A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for
himself and then return.
13 He summoned
ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, “Do
business with these until I come back.”
14 But the citizens
of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying,
“We do not want this man to rule over us.”
15 When he returned,
having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he
had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what
they had gained by trading.
16 The first came
forward and said, “Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.”
17 He said to
him, “Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy
in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.”
18 Then the second
came, saying, “Lord, your pound has made five pounds.”
19 He said to
him, “And you, rule over five cities.”
20 Then the other
came, saying, “Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in
a piece of cloth,
21 for I was afraid
of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit,
and reap what you did not sow.”
22 He said to
him, “I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave!
You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not
deposit and reaping what I did not sow?
23 Why then did
you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could
have collected it with interest.”
24 He said to
the bystanders, “Take the pound from him and give it to the
one who has ten pounds.”
25 (And they said
to him, “Lord, he has ten pounds!”)
26 “I tell
you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who
have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.