Parable of the Talents – A Progressive View

In the BIBLE, there is a parable that is called the “Parable of the Talents” it can be found in Matthew 25:14-25. I am also going to include the text here as well (as found in the King James version of the Bible).

14 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.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

Now for the Current Liberal Progressive version of the Parable continues…..

26 The servant then went and told the governor about the injustice that the lord and the other servants had done to him. It was unfair that the lord had given more to the other servants that to him.

27 The governor then had the lord and the other servants brought before him.

28 He then took part of the lord’s talents as a tribute to himself.

29 He then took four talents from the first servant and gave them to the third servant.

30 He then took two talents from the second servant and gave them to the third servant.

31 The governor then said, it is not fair that the third servant was unable to produce the same as the other servants. I have therefore taken part of thy increase and have given it to the third servant.

32 And because your lord did not share equally, and because he is a greedy man that suffers from the love of talents, I have taken talents from him to help others that have less than he hath. It is not fair to the rest of the city that he hath more than the rest of thee.

33 The lord then collected his household and moved to a far country, where he could keep the talents that he earned.

34 The first servant went to work for another lord, and did not produce as much as he had before, because of the fear of the governor taking his talents.

35 The second servant seeing that he could do better by not trading his talents then hid them in the earth, to avoid having them taken by the governor. He was then given more talents by the governor

36 The third servant, after using the talents given to him from the governor, went back to the governor asking him for more talents.

37 The governor continued to take talents from those that had, and then gave them to those who did not have. He also made laws so that no one could have more talents than he felt they should have.

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I am reminded of one other scripture:

Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. “