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SERMON XI.

THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS.

MATTHEW xxv. 14—30.-For the kingdom of heaven is as a

man travelling into a far country, who called his own ser-

vants, and delivered unto them his goods. 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. Then he that had received the five talents

went and traded with the same, and made them other five ta-

lents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained

other two. But he that had received one, went and digged

in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time,

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the lord of those servants cometh and reckoneth with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought

other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me

five talents; behold, I have gained beside them five talents

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and

faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things,

I will make thee 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, I have gained two other talents beside them. His

lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant ;

thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee

ruler over many things ; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said,

Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where

thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not

strawed ; and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in

the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord an-

swered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant,

thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather

where I have not strawed; thou oughtest, therefore, to have

put my money to the erchangers, and then at my coming I

should have received mine own with usury. Take, therefore,

the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath ten ta-

lents. For unto every one 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. And cast ye the un-

profitable servant into outer darkness; there shall be weep-

ing and gnashing of teeth

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