Jesus declares the parable of the talents.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who named his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one particular he gave five talents, to yet another two, and to another one particular to every single man according to his several ability and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the very same, and made them other 5 talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received a single went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s cash.
19 Following a lengthy time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me 5 talents: behold, I have gained beside them 5 talents a lot more.
21 His lord said unto him, Properly accomplished, thou very good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a handful of issues, I will make thee ruler more than several factors: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord stated unto him, Well completed, very good and faithful servant thou hast been faithful more than a couple of things, I will make thee ruler over many factors: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an tough man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and stated unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap exactly where I sowed not, and collect where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest for that reason to have place my funds to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take consequently the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every a single that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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the stone mason story
An unsatisfied stone mason was quarrying stone a single day, dejected by his plight in life, when the King rode by, mounted on a stallion with a full armament at his side. "Oh to be King!" Cried out the unsatisfied man to the Universe, "how considerably far better life would be if I had been King! I would bow to no-1!" And the Universe produced it so…
Abruptly his vision was a reality, riding atop a gilded steed, he jeered and thanked the Universe. Until the sun shone too vibrant and the man had to shield his eyes. "What is that wonderful orb in the sky that tends to make even a king shield his eyes?!" "That is the Sun." The Universe responded." "That’s what I want to be! If I had been the sun I would bow to no-one!" And it was…
The man identified himself shining brightly above the globe, laying his rays upon the earth. When abruptly some clouds drifted between himself and the globe and again the unsatisfied man cried out. "What is this that can stop the mighty sun from shining?!" "That is a cloud." The Universe calmly responded. "That’s what I want to be! If I have been a cloud I would not even have to bow to the sun!" And it was…
As the man floated gingerly along, shading the land from the Sun, he smiled. Suddenly the wind began to blow, and the man had no manage over where he floated. "What is this that can move a could with out its consent?" Cried the unsatisfied man. "That is the Wind." The Universe replied. "That’s what I want to be! If I have been the wind I could move the clouds and I would bow to no-one particular!" And it was….
The wind blew and the clouds drifted along without a fight, the man smiled. Suddenly the wind came upon a wall that it could not move, it was forced about and up and over. "What is this?" Cried the unsatisfied man, "that can force the wind to change its direction?" "That is a mountain." The universe replied. "Then that is what I want to be! If I were a mountain I could cease the wind and I would bow to no-1!" And it was…
As the mountain sat there, forcing the wind around and up and over and away, the man smiled. At final he had turn out to be that which bows to no-one particular and he was positive he was happy.
Suddenly, he felt a little tapping at his base and he looked down and there was a lowly stone mason, quarrying rock from the mountain.
By timothy.actwell on 2011-04-19 08:42:19