While the people were listening to this, Jesus continued and told them a parable.
He was now almost at Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God was just about to appear. So he said, “There was once a man of high rank who was going to a country far away to be made king, after which he planed to come back home. Before he left, he called his ten servants and gave them each a gold coin and told them, ‘See what you can earn with this while I am gone.’ Now, his countrymen hated him, and so they sent messengers after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.
“The man was made king and came back. At once he ordered his servants to appear before him, in order to find out how much they had earned. The first one came and said ‘Sir, I have earned ten gold coins with the one you gave me.’ ‘Well done,’ he said; ‘you are a good servant! Since you were faithful in small matters, I will put you in charge of ten cities.’
The second one came and said ‘Sir, I have earned five gold coins with the one you gave me.’ To this one he said, ‘You will be in charge of five cities.’
Another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it hidden in a handkerchief. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take what is not yours and reap what you did not plant.’
He said to him, ‘You bad servant! I will use your own words to condemn you! You know that I am a hard man, taking what is not mine and reaping what I have not planted. Well, then, why didn’t you put my money in the bank? Then I would have received it back with interest when I returned.’
Then he said to those who were standing there, ‘Take the gold coin away from him and give it to the servant who has ten coins.’ But they said to him, ‘Sir, he already has ten coins!’ ‘ I tell you, ’ he replied, ‘that to every person who has something, even more will be given; but the person who has nothing, even the little that he has will be taken away from him.
Now, as for those enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and kill them in my presence!’ ”