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OF THE TALENTS
This story shows how to make the right use
of the riches that God gives us.
You can read this story in the Bible:
One day a certain wealthy man called his servants and said to them,
"I am going on a journey, and you will be looking after my property."
To one of the servants the master gave five talents.
A "Talent" was a measure of silver weighing several kilograms.
That was a huge sack of silver! So you understand, five talents was
a real fortune. To another servant the master gave two talents, and to another
one talent. Each servant received according to his ability.
The servant who received five talents went at once and put his money to
work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained
two more. But the third servant went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid
his master's money.
After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts
with his servants. The man who received five talents came to him and said,
"Master, you entrusted me with five talents.
See, I have gained five more."
His master replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You were
faithful with a few things; so I will gladly put you in charge of many things.
Come and share your master's happiness!"
The second man came and put four sacks before his master.
"Master! Here is what I have earned. You entrusted me with two talents,
I have gained two more. Here, take it." His master replied, "Well
done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a few things; I
will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"
Then the man who received one talent came. "My master! I knew that
you are a hard man. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in
the ground. See, here is what belongs to you." "You wicked, lazy
servant!" cried the master angrily. "Did I give you the talent
so that you would dig a hole and put it in the ground? You should have put
my money on deposit, so that when I returned I would have received it back
with interest. Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten
God has endowed every one of us with talents. He wants us to develop
Use properly what God has given you, work on it, and you will receive
more. And a lazy person will lose even what he now has.
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