Luke 19:13
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New International Version
So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.'

New Living Translation
Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, 'Invest this for me while I am gone.'

English Standard Version
Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’

New American Standard Bible
"And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.'

King James Bible
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He called 10 of his slaves, gave them 10 minas, and told them, Engage in business until I come back.'

International Standard Version
He called ten of his servants and gave them ten coins. He told them, 'Invest this money until I come back.'

NET Bible
And he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business with these until I come back.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he called his ten servants and he gave them ten minas and he said to them, “Invest in trading until I come.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Before he left,] he called ten of his servants and gave them ten coins. He said to his servants, 'Invest this money until I come back.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
And having called ten of his slaves, he delivered them ten minas and said unto them, Trade until I come.

King James 2000 Bible
And he called his ten servants, and delivered to them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

American King James Version
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said to them, Occupy till I come.

American Standard Version
And he called ten servants of his, and gave them ten pounds, and said unto them, Trade ye herewith till I come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them: Trade till I come.

Darby Bible Translation
And having called his own ten bondmen, he gave to them ten minas, and said to them, Trade while I am coming.

English Revised Version
And he called ten servants of his, and gave them ten pounds, and said unto them, Trade ye herewith till I come.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said to them, Occupy till I come.

Weymouth New Testament
And he called ten of his servants and gave each of them a pound, instructing them to trade with the money during his absence.

World English Bible
He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'

Young's Literal Translation
and having called ten servants of his own, he gave to them ten pounds, and said unto them, Do business -- till I come;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:11-27 This parable is like that of the talents, Mt 25. Those that are called to Christ, he furnishes with gifts needful for their business; and from those to whom he gives power, he expects service. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal, 1Co 12:7. And as every one has received the gift, so let him minister the same, 1Pe 4:10. The account required, resembles that in the parable of the talents; and the punishment of the avowed enemies of Christ, as well as of false professors, is shown. The principal difference is, that the pound given to each seems to point out the gift of the gospel, which is the same to all who hear it; but the talents, distributed more or less, seem to mean that God gives different capacities and advantages to men, by which this one gift of the gospel may be differently improved.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. No doubt when our Lord spoke these parables he considerably enlarged the details, made many parts of the framework clearer than the short reports which we possess can possibly do. The meaning of the great noble's action here is that he wished to test his servants - to try their various capabilities and dispositions, intending, when he should return from his long journey, having received his kingdom, to appoint them to high offices in the administration, to such positions, in fact, as their action in regard to the small deposit now entrusted to them should show themselves capable of filling. The Greek verb rendered "occupy" (πραγματεύσασθε) occurs here only in the New Testament: a compound form of it is rendered (ver. 15) by "gained by trading."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he called his ten servants,.... By whom are meant, not all mankind; for though these are all his servants of right, yet not in fact; nor the elect of God, who are called by grace; for though these are the servants of Christ, and are peculiarly his, yet all that received the pound were not such, for one of them was a wicked man; but the ministers of the Gospel, who are eminently, and in a special manner, the servants of the most high God: but as for the number "ten", this cannot regard the apostles, for they were twelve; and though they are sometimes called the eleven, after the apostasy and death of Judas, yet not the ten; and besides, there was another chose in his room; but this number being a large and perfect one, a round number, it is sometimes made use of as a certain number, for an uncertain one; see Matthew 25:1. The call of these by their Lord, is not to be understood of the call of them by his grace, but of a call of them to the office and work of the ministry:

and delivered them ten pounds; every one a pound: the "Maneh", or pound of the Hebrews, if of gold, which contained an hundred drachmas, was of the value of our money, "seventy five pounds"; if of silver, the old "Maneh", or pound, which contained sixty shekels, Ezekiel 45:12 amounted to "seven pounds ten shillings"; but the "Maneh", or pound, mentioned in the Misna (k), and which was in use in our Lord's time, contained an hundred pence, and was of the value of our money, "three pounds two shillings and six pence": and by these pounds are designed, not special grace; for they intend not any thing wrought in these servants, but something delivered to them, and what might be taken away again, which cannot be said of special grace; and besides, it is certain, that one of these servants that had the pound, was destitute of that: but gifts are meant, and these not merely natural, or the gifts of providence, as health, riches, wisdom, &c. nor only the outward means of grace, as the word and ordinances, but ministerial gifts, which are the greatest in the church, and are therefore signified by pounds; and are what may be improved or neglected, and be lost or taken away; and for which those that have them, are accountable: but though each of these servants are represented, as having every man a pound delivered to him, this must not be understood, as if the gifts of ministers were equal and alike, any more than the inequality of their rewards proves degrees in glory; for which sometimes this parable is produced:

and said unto him, occupy; negotiate, or trade, that is, with the pounds; make use of the ministerial gifts, exercise them, lay them out, and trade with them: the ministry is a trade and merchandise, to be carried on, not in the name of the ministers of Christ, nor on their own stock, nor for themselves, but for Christ, and for the good of souls; which shows, that they must not be slothful, but laborious and diligent:

till I:come: which suggests the certainty of Christ's coming, the continuance of the Gospel ministry to that time; and that there is no rest nor ease for Christ's ministers, but a continued series of labour and service, until then; when, for their encouragement, they shall receive their reward.

(k) Peah, c. 8. sect. 5. & Maimon. & Bartenora in ib.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Occupy—"negotiate," "do business," with the resources entrusted.

Luke 19:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Ten Minas
12So He said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. 13"And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.' 14"But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.'…
Cross References
Matthew 25:15
To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

Matthew 25:16
The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.

Matthew 25:20
The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.'

Matthew 25:22
"The man with two bags of gold also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.'

Matthew 25:24
"Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

Luke 19:12
He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.

Luke 19:14
"But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.'
Treasury of Scripture

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said to them, Occupy till I come.

his.

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delivered.

Matthew 25:15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; …

Romans 12:6-8 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given …

1 Corinthians 12:7-11,28,29 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit with…

1 Peter 4:9-11 Use hospitality one to another without grudging…

pounds. 'Mina, here translated a pound, is

Luke 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to …

Luke 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, …

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