|As they were listening to this, Jesus went on to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem and because the people thought that the kingdom of God would appear immediately. So he said, “A prince went to a distant country to be appointed king and then to return. He called ten of his servants and gave them ten coins. He said to them, ‘Invest this money until I come back.’
But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation to follow him, saying, ‘We don’t want this man to rule over us!’
“After he was appointed king, he came back. He ordered the servants to whom he had given the money to be called so that he could find out what they had made by investing.
The first servant came and said, ‘Sir, your coin has earned ten more coins.’ The king said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.’
“The second servant came and said, ‘Your coin, sir, has earned five coins.’ The king said to him, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
“Then the other servant came and said, ‘Sir, look! Here’s your coin. I’ve kept it in a cloth for safekeeping because I was afraid of you. You are a hard man. You withdraw what you didn’t deposit and harvest what you didn’t plant.’ The king said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you evil servant! You knew, did you, that I was a hard man, and that I withdraw what I didn’t deposit and harvest what I didn’t plant? Then why didn’t you put my money in the bank? When I returned, I could have collected it with interest.’
“So the king told those standing nearby, ‘Take the coin away from him and give it to the man who has the ten coins.’ They answered him, ‘Sir, he already has ten coins!’ ‘I tell you, to everyone who has something, more will be given, but from the person who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.
But as for these enemies of mine who didn’t want me to be their king-bring them here and slaughter them in my presence!'”
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