9.25 First Parable of Investing
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The crowd, expecting God’s kingdom4 to appear immediately because he was near Jerusalem, listened while Jesus told this parable:
Sep 4 9.25 “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom and return.1 Before leaving, he gave his ten servants ten pounds telling them, Trade with the money till I return.’ But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying they didn’t want him as their king. He was made king, however, and on returning he called his servants to account for their profits.
The first one reported, ‘Master, your pound gained ten.’ He replied, “Good! Because of your faithfulness in a small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
The second reported, ‘Master, your pound gained five’ His master said, Take charge of five cities.’ Another reported, ‘Master, see your pound! I put it away in a napkin. I feared your hardness. You extort what you don’t invest and reap where you don’t sow.’
Sep 5 The master replied, ‘By your words2 I will judge you. Knowing my severity, why didn’t you bank3 my money, so on my returning I could get it back with interest?’ To those standing he said, ‘Take the money from him and give to him who has gained ten.’ They replied, ‘Sir, he already has ten.’
Jesus said, “‘I tell you, the one who has will always be given more,4 but the one with nothing will lose what he has.’ Bring those enemies who opposed my kingship and kill them in my presence.” After this, Jesus went ahead to Jerusalem.