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Matthew 25:14

    Matthew 25:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For it is as when a man, about to take a journey, got his servants together, and gave them his property.

    Webster's Revision

    For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

    World English Bible

    "For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 25:14

    Called his own servants - God never makes the children of men proprietors of his goods. They are formed by his power, and upheld by his bounty; and they hold their lives and their goods, as in many of our ancient tenures, quamdiu domino placuerit - at the will of their Lord.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 25:14

    For the kingdom of heaven ... - The "parable of the talents" was spoken still further to illustrate the manner in which he would deal with people at his return to judgment. The words "the kingdom, of heaven" are not in the original, but are very properly inserted by the translators. The design of the parable is to teach that those who improve their talents or faculties in the cause of religion who improve them to their own salvation and in doing good to others shall be proportionally rewarded; but they who neglect their talents, and who neither secure their own salvation nor do good to others, will be punished. The kingdom of heaven is like such a man - that is, "God deals with people in his government as such a man did."

    His own servants - That is, such of them as he judged to be worthy of such a trust. These represent the apostles, Christian ministers, professing Christians, and perhaps all people. The going into a far country may represent the Lord Jesus going into heaven. He has given to all talents to improve, Ephesians 4:8; Ephesians 2:12.

    His goods - His property representing the offices, abilities, and opportunities for doing good, which he has given to his professed followers.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 25:14

    25:14 Our Lord proceeds by a parable still plainer (if that can be) to declare the final reward of a harmless man. May God give all such in this their day, ears to hear and hearts to understand it! The kingdom of heaven - That is, the King of heaven, Christ. Mark 13:34; Luke 19:12.