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"You have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things."
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
The Parable of the Talents
Mat 25:14 "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them;
Mat 25:15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
Mat 25:16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents.
Mat 25:17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents.
Mat 25:18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
Mat 25:19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.
Mat 25:20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.'
Mat 25:21 His master said 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.'
Mat 25:22 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.'
Mat 25:23 His master said 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.'
Mat 25:24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed;
Mat 25:25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.'
Mat 25:26 But his master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter?
Mat 25:27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.
Mat 25:28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents.
Mat 25:29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.
Mat 25:30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
[Mat 25:29] (vv. 29,30) Kingdom law provides abundance for those who already possess the life of the kingdom. This abundance exceeds anything which these citizens have merited. Conversely, those who are excluded from the kingdom forfeit even what they do possess and are cast as unprofitable servants into outer darkness.
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
Readings for the week of November 26th
Christ the King Sunday
First: Ezekial 34: 11-16, 20-24
Psalm 95: 1-7
Second: Ephesians 1: 15-23
Gospel: Matthew 25: 31-46