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Luke: 19
11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was now close to Jerusalem and they thought the reign of God might dawn at any moment. 12 He said, 'A man of noble birth went on a long journey abroad, to be appointed king and then return. 13 But first he called ten of his servants and gave them a pound each, saying, "Trade with this while I am away." 14 His fellow-citizens hated him, and they sent a delegation on his heels to say, "We do not want this man as our king." 15 However, back he came as king, and sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, to see what profit each had made. 16 The first came and said, "Your pound, sir, has made ten more." 17 "Well done," he replied; "you are a good servant. You have shown yourself trustworthy in a very small matter, and you shall have charge of ten cities." 18 The second came and said, "Your pound, sir, has made five more"; 19 and he also was told, "You too, take charge of five cities." 20 The third came and said, "Here is your pound, sir; I kept it put away in a handkerchief. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man: you draw out what you never put in and reap what you did not sow." 22 "You rascal!" he replied; "I will judge you by your own words. You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, that I draw out what I never put in, and reap what I did not sow? 23 Then why did you not put my money on deposit, and I could have claimed it with interest when I came back?" 24 Turning to his attendants he said, "Take the pound from him and give it to the man with ten." 25 "But, sir," they replied, "he has ten already." 26 "I tell you," he went on, "the man who has will always be given more; but the man who has not will forfeit even what he has. 27 But as for those enemies of mine who did not want me for their king, bring them here and slaughter them in my presence." '
Matthew: 25
14 'It is like a man going abroad, who called his servants and put his capital in their hands; 15 to one he gave five bags of gold, to another two, to another one, each according to his capacity. Then he left the country. 16 The man who had the five bags went at once and ie employed them in business, and made a profit of five bags, 17 and the man who had the two bags made two. 18 But the man who had been given one bag of gold went off and dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master's money. 19 A long time afterwards their master returned, and proceeded to settle accounts with them. 20 The man who had been given the five bags of gold came and produced the five he had made: "Master," he said, "you left five bags with me; look, I have made five more." 21 "Well done, my good and trusty servant!" said the master. "You have proved trustworthy in a small way; I will now put you in charge of something big. Come and share your master's delight." 22 The man with the two bags then came and said, "Master, you left two bags with me; look, I have made two more." 23 "Well done, my good and trusty servant!" said the master. "You have proved trustworthy in a small way; I will now put you in charge of something big. Come and share your master's delight." 24 Then the man who had been given one bag came and said, "Master, I knew you to be a hard man: you reap where you have not sown, you gather where you have not scattered; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your gold in the ground. Here it is¨you have what belongs to you." 26 "You lazy rascal!" said the master. "You knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered? 27 Then you ought to have put my money on deposit, and on my return I should have got it back with interest. 28 Take the bag of gold from him, and give it to the one with the ten bags. 29 For the man who has will always be given more, till he has enough and to spare; and the man who has not will forfeit even what he has. 30 Fling the useless servant out into the dark, the place of wailing and grinding of teeth!"

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