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.…
Mark, he not said he did embezzle his talent, as many waste their substance in riotous living, quench brave parts in excess, sin away many precious advantages of ordinances and education and powerful convictions. He did not misemploy his talent, as some do their wealth, others their wit, to scoff at religion, or to put a varnish on the devil's cause; their power to oppress and crush the good. The precious gifts that many have, are like the sword in a madman's hand, they use them to hurt and mischief. No such thing is charged upon this evil and naughty servant. 'Tis fault enough to hide our talents, though we do not abuse them.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.