Bible: Luke 19:11-27

The Parable of the Ten Minas

19:11 While the people were listening to these things, Jesus 1  proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, 2  and because they thought 3  that the kingdom of God 4  was going to 5  appear immediately. 19:12 Therefore he said, “A nobleman 6  went to a distant country to receive 7  for himself a kingdom and then return. 8  19:13 And he summoned ten of his slaves, 9  gave them ten minas, 10  and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ 19:14 But his citizens 11  hated 12  him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man 13  to be king 14  over us!’ 19:15 When 15  he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned 16  these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted 17  to know how much they had earned 18  by trading. 19:16 So 19  the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, 20  your mina 21  has made ten minas more.’ 19:17 And the king 22  said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful 23  in a very small matter, you will have authority 24  over ten cities.’ 19:18 Then 25  the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ 19:19 So 26  the king 27  said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 19:20 Then another 28  slave 29  came and said, ‘Sir, here is 30  your mina that I put away for safekeeping 31  in a piece of cloth. 32  19:21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe 33  man. You withdraw 34  what you did not deposit 35  and reap what you did not sow.’ 19:22 The king 36  said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, 37  you wicked slave! 38  So you knew, did you, that I was a severe 39  man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? 19:23 Why then didn’t you put 40  my money in the bank, 41  so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ 19:24 And he said to his attendants, 42 Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ 43  19:25 But 44  they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ 45  19:26 I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, 46  but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 47  19:27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, 48  bring them here and slaughter 49  them 50  in front of me!’

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