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VII. Labor and Self-Development

Matthew 20:6 - And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing, and said to them, Why are you standing here idle all the day?

Matthew 25:14 - For it is like a man travelling to a far country, who called his servants, and delivered to them his goods.

Matthew 25:15 - To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his ability; and he went on his journey.

Matthew 25:16 - Then he who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and gained another five talents.

Matthew 25:17 - And likewise, he who had received two, gained two more.

Matthew 25:18 - But he who had received one went and dug in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

Matthew 25:19 - After a long time the lord of those servants came, and settled accounts with them.

Matthew 25:20 - And so he who had received five talents came and brought the other five talents, saying, Lord, you delivered to me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Matthew 25:21 - His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord.

Matthew 25:22 - He also who had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered to me two talents: behold, I have gained two more talents.

Matthew 25:23 - His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord.

Matthew 25:24 - Then he who had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed:

Matthew 25:25 - And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth: lo, here you have what is yours.

Matthew 25:26 - His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed:

Matthew 25:27 - Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and then at my coming I should have received it back with interest.

Matthew 25:28 - Take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

Matthew 25:29 - For to every one who has shall more be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away.

Matthew 25:30 - And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Luke 19:12 - Therefore he said, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and then to return.

Luke 19:13 - And he called his ten servants, and gave them ten minas, and said to them, Trade with these until I come.

Luke 19:14 - But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We do not want this man to reign over us.

Luke 19:15 - And it came to pass, that when he returned, having received the kingdom, that he commanded the servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

Luke 19:16 - The first came, saying, Lord, your mina has gained ten minas.

Luke 19:17 - And he said to him, Well done, you good servant: because you have been faithful in a very little, take authority over ten cities.

Luke 19:18 - And the second came, saying, Lord, your mina has gained five minas.

Luke 19:19 - And he said likewise to him, You shall be in authority over five cities.

Luke 19:20 - And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is your mina, which I have kept laid up in a handkerchief:

Luke 19:21 - For I feared you, because you are a severe man: you take up what you have not laid down, and reap what you did not sow.

Luke 19:22 - And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow:

Luke 19:23 - Why then did you not put my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?

Luke 19:24 - And he said to those who stood by, Take from him the mina, and give it to him who has ten minas.

Luke 19:25 - And they said to him, Lord, he already has ten minas.

Luke 19:26 - I say to you, To everyone who has shall more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has shall be taken away from him.