What has been given to every man? "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch." Mark 13:34.
Besides work, what else has He given to every man? "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." Matt. 25:15.
Who comprise the "every man" here spoken of? "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods." Matt. 25:14.
Do all who profess to be God's servants make good use of the talents given them? "Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents... But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money." Matt. 25:16-18.
What did that one who hid his talent in the earth, render as an excuse for so doing? "And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine." Matt. 25:25.
What did his master say to that servant because he hid his talent? "His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant." Matt. 25:26.
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