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The Parable of the Talents.

The Parable of the Talents.

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Matthew xxv. 14—30.

Matthew xxv. 14—30.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Sep 10, 2013
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THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS.BY DANIEL WILSON, M.A.Matthew xxv. 14—30.Far the kingdom of heaven is as a man traodlinginio afflr country^ who coiled his own servanis^and delivered unto them his goods. Anduntoomehe gave Jive talents, to another two, and to ano-ther one ; to every man according to his severalability; and straightway took his journey, 7%ashe that had received the five talents went andtraded with the same, and made them other fisxtalents. And likewise he that had received ttvo,he also gained other two. But he that had re-ceived one, went and digged in the earth, and kidhis lord's money. After a long time, the lord of those servants cometh and reckoneth mth them.And so he that had received five talents came andbrought other five talefUs, saying. Lord, thoudeliveredst unto me five talents; behold, I havegained beside them five talents more. His lordsmd unto him. Well done, thou good and faith-ful servant; thou hast been faithjul over a fewDigitized byGoogleTHE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS. 243things. Twill make thei ruler over many things;enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that
had received two talents came and said, Lord,thou deliveredst unto me two talents ; behold, Ihave gained two other talents beside them. Hislord said unto him, Well done, good and faith-ful servant ; thou hast been fait f{ful wei' a fewthings ; I will make thee ruler over many things;enter thou into the Joy of thy lord. Then hewhich had received ihe one talent came and said.Lord, 1 knew thee that thou art an hard man,reaping where thou hast not sown, and gatheringwhere thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid,and went and kid thy talent in the earth : h,there thou hast that is thine. His lord answeredand said unto him, Thou wicked and slothfulservant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowednot, and gather where I have not strawed; thououghtest, therefore, to have put my tnoney to theesehangers, and then at my coining J shouldhave received mine own with usury. Take, there-fore; the falent from him, and give it unto himthat hath ten talents. For unto every one thathath shall be given, and he shall have abun-dance ; but from him that hath not shall be takenaway even that which he hath. And cast ye theunprofitable servant into outer darkness ; thereshall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.r2Digitized byGoogle244 THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS.
There are few of our Lords parables moreplain and important than this. The account-ableness of man for every blessing he receivesis a Aindamental point of religion; and thestatement of it contained in this parable is soexpress and authoritative, as to demand ourmost attentive consideration. It was addressedby our Saviour to his disciples in order to cor-rect their false expectation that the kingdom of God would immediately appear, and to directthem to a right use of the various advantagesintrusted to them during his personal absence :but it is applicable to the servants of Christ inevery age. It appeals at once to the conscience.It exhibite to the world at lai^e a general ruleof the moral government of God with his ra-tional and intelligent creatures ; whilst it dis-plays especially to the church the order of thedivine proceedings in the last awful day of judg-ment. It is of course very possible, by expound-ing it without a due reference to other parts of the sacred volume, to pervert the design of this,as well as of many other of our Saviour's para-bles. But where the primary doctrines of the£9dl of man, his responsibility, his coAdemnationby the holy law, redemption by the death andsacrifice of Christ, justification by faith, salva-tion by grace, the regenerating and sanctifyingDigitized byGoogleTHE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS, 245

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