"Well Done, Thou Good And Faithful Servant"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 203

Context: Jesus, after leaving the temple in Jerusalem, where the Pharisees and Sadducees, through planned questions, attempt to trap Him in heretical or treasonous answers, goes to the Mount of Olives. There He explains to His disciples the nature of the times preceding the Day of Judgment and the signs of His own Coming. Indicating that only God knows the exact day, He teaches, in the parable of the five wise and five foolish virgins, that man must always be prepared for the coming of the Lord. In a second parable, He says that the Kingdom of Heaven will be like the man who, before a long journey, gives his three servants for safekeeping five talents, three talents, and one talent, respectively. The first two servants double the number of talents entrusted to them; the third buries his one talent. On his return, the master praises the two responsible servants and condemns the fearful one. When the first servant presents to his master the five extra talents:

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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.

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