Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near
Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.
Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for
himself a kingdom and to return.
"So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to
them, 'Do business till I come.'
"But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We will
not have this man to reign over us.'
"And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then
commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him,
that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
"Then came the first, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned ten minas.'
"And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a
very little, have authority over ten cities.'
"And the second came, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned five minas.'
"Likewise he said to him, 'You also be over five cities.'
"Then another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put
away in a handkerchief.
'For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did
not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.'
"And he said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked
servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and
reaping what I did not sow.
'Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have
collected it with interest?'
"And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to
him who has ten minas.'
("But they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas.')
'For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who
does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
'But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them,
and slay them before me.'"
When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.