How They Used the Talents

Matthew 25:16-18. “Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 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.”

Three servants were given stewardship of their master’s money, in three different amounts. The one who was given five talents invested it and doubled it. He who received two talents also doubled the amount of his master’s money.

But the third man chose not to risk losing any of the money that was his responsibility.  Instead, he dug a hole in the ground and buried the money there, not using it in any way that would benefit his master or anyone else.  He chose to play it safe; he decided not to take any risks or put himself to any effort.  In the absence of his master, he plopped the money in the ground, covered it up, and took his rest until such time as the master would return.

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