Matthew 25:15
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last--dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

English Standard Version
To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

Berean Study Bible
To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent—each according to his own ability. And he promptly went on his journey.

Berean Literal Bible
And indeed to one he gave five talents; and to one, two; and to one, one; to each according to his own ability. And he left the region immediately.

New American Standard Bible
"To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.

King James Bible
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Christian Standard Bible
To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately

Contemporary English Version
The man knew what each servant could do. So he handed 5,000 coins to the first servant, 2,000 to the second, and 1,000 to the third. Then he left the country.

Good News Translation
He gave to each one according to his ability: to one he gave five thousand gold coins, to another he gave two thousand, and to another he gave one thousand. Then he left on his trip.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; and to another, one--to each according to his own ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately

International Standard Version
To one man he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, based on their ability. Then he went on his trip.

NET Bible
To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

New Heart English Bible
To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, each man according to his power, and he immediately went abroad.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He gave one man ten thousand dollars, another four thousand dollars, and another two thousand dollars. Each was given money based on his ability. Then the man went on his trip.

New American Standard 1977
“And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each one according to his faculty, and straightway took his journey.

King James 2000 Bible
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his own ability; and immediately took his journey.

American King James Version
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

American Standard Version
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.

Darby Bible Translation
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to each according to his particular ability, and immediately went away out of the country.

English Revised Version
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey.

Webster's Bible Translation
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and forthwith took his journey.

Weymouth New Testament
To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one--to each according to his individual capacity; and then started from home.

World English Bible
To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey.

Young's Literal Translation
and to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his several ability, went abroad immediately.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Talents
14For it is just like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted them with his possessions. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent— each according to his own ability. And he promptly went on his journey. 16The servant who had received five talents went and put them to work, and gained five more.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:24
As he began the settlements, a debtor was brought to him owing ten thousand talents.

Matthew 21:33
Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a tower. Then he rented it out to some tenants and went away on a journey.

Luke 19:13
Beforehand, he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Conduct business with this until I return,' he said.

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Treasury of Scripture

And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

talents.

Matthew 18:24
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

Luke 12:48
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Luke 19:13,14
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come…







Lexicon
To one
(hō)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

he gave
ἔδωκεν (edōken)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

five
πέντε (pente)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4002: Five. A primary number; 'five'.

talents,
τάλαντα (talanta)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 5007: Neuter of a presumed derivative of the original form of tlao; a balance, i.e. a certain weight or 'talent'.

to [another]
(hō)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

two [talents],
δύο (dyo)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1417: Two. A primary numeral; 'two'.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

to [another]
(hō)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

one [talent]—
ἕν (hen)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

each
ἑκάστῳ (hekastō)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1538: Each (of more than two), every one. As if a superlative of hekas; each or every.

according to
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

his own
ἰδίαν (idian)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2398: Pertaining to self, i.e. One's own; by implication, private or separate.

ability.
δύναμιν (dynamin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1411: From dunamai; force; specially, miraculous power.

And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

he promptly went on his journey.
ἀπεδήμησεν (apedēmēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 589: To be away from home, go into another country, be away, be abroad. From apodemos; to go abroad, i.e. Visit a foreign land.
(15) Unto one he gave five talents.--On the value of the talent see the Note on Matthew 18:24. The languages of modern Europe bear witness, in their use of the word, to the impression which the parable has made. A man's energies, gifts, capacities, are the "talents," for the use of which he will have to render an account. We speak, though in this case the word is hardly more than an ill-coined vulgarism, of him who possesses them as "talented." Common, however, as this use of the word is, it tends to obscure the true meaning of the parable. Here there is an "ability" presupposed in each case, prior to the distribution of the talents, and we are led accordingly to the conclusion that the latter stand here less for natural gifts than for external opportunities--for possessions, offices, what we call "spheres of duty." These, we are told, are, in the wisdom of God, given to men, in the long run, "according to their several ability." So taken, the parable does not repeat the lesson of that which precedes it, but is addressed, not as that is to all Christians, but specifically to those who hold any vocation or ministry in the Church of Christ, or have in their hands outward resources for working in it. It is, perhaps, not altogether fanciful to trace, as a first application, in the three-fold scale of distribution, a correspondence with the three groups, four in each, into which the twelve Apostles were divided. The sons of Jona and of Zebedee were as those who had received five talents; the less conspicuous middle group answered to those who received but two; while the "wicked and slothful servant" finds his representative in the only disciple in the third, or last group, who is at all conspicuous.

Verse 15. - Unto one he gave five talents. The talent of silver (taking silver as worth a little over 5s. an ounce) was nearly equivalent to £400 of our money. It is from the use of the word "talents" in this parable that we moderns have derived its common meaning of natural gifts and endowments. The three principal slaves receive a certain amount of property to use for their master's profit. To every man. To all is given some grace or faculty which they have to employ to the glory of God. "Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ "(Ephesians 4:7). No one can justly say he is neglected in this distribution. Whatever natural powers, etc., we possess, and the opportunities of exercising and improving them, are the gift of God, and are delivered to us to be put out to interest. According to his several ability (κατὰ τὴν ἰδίαν δύναμιν). The master apportioned his gifts in accordance with his knowledge of the slaves' capacity for business, and the probability of their rightly employing much or little capital. So God distributes his endowments, not to all alike, but in such proportions as men are able to bear and to profit by. The infinite variety in men's dispositions, intellects, will. opportunities, position, and so on, are all taken into account, and modify and condition their responsibility. Straightway took his journey (ἀπεδήμησεν εὐθέως). Immediately after the distribution he departed, leaving each slave, uncontrolled and undirected, to use the property assigned to him. So God gives us free will at the same time that he sets before us opportunities of showing our faithfulness. The Lord may be referring primarily to the apostles whom he left immediately after he had bestowed upon them authority and commission. The Revised Version, Westcott and Hort, Nosgen, and others transfer the adverb "straightway" to the beginning of the next verse (omitting δὲ in that verse). It is supposed to be superfluous here. The Vulgate accords with the Received Text; and there seems to be no sufficient reason for accentuating the first slave's activity above that of the second, who was equally faithful. 25:14-30 Christ keeps no servants to be idle: they have received their all from him, and have nothing they can call their own but sin. Our receiving from Christ is in order to our working for him. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. The day of account comes at last. We must all be reckoned with as to what good we have got to our own souls, and have done to others, by the advantages we have enjoyed. It is not meant that the improving of natural powers can entitle a man to Divine grace. It is the real Christian's liberty and privilege to be employed as his Redeemer's servant, in promoting his glory, and the good of his people: the love of Christ constrains him to live no longer to himself, but to Him that died for him, and rose again. Those who think it impossible to please God, and in vain to serve him, will do nothing to purpose in religion. They complain that He requires of them more than they are capable of, and punishes them for what they cannot help. Whatever they may pretend, the fact is, they dislike the character and work of the Lord. The slothful servant is sentenced to be deprived of his talent. This may be applied to the blessings of this life; but rather to the means of grace. Those who know not the day of their visitation, shall have the things that belong to their peace hid from their eyes. His doom is, to be cast into outer darkness. It is a usual way of expressing the miseries of the damned in hell. Here, as in what was said to the faithful servants, our Saviour goes out of the parable into the thing intended by it, and this serves as a key to the whole. Let us not envy sinners, or covet any of their perishing possessions.
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