MATTHEW 25:24

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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:

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Matthew 25:24 Translation & Meaning

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Then δὲ But, and, etc Then
he which had received εἰληφὼς To take. While G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove. received
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
one ἓν One one
talent τάλαντον A balance (as supporting weights), i.e., (by implication) a certain weight (and thence a coin or rather sum of money) or "talent" talent
came προσελθὼν To approach, i.e., (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to came
and said, εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
Lord, Κύριε Supreme in authority, i.e., (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title) Lord
I knew ἔγνων To "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed) knew
thee σε Thee thee
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
thou art εἶ Thou art art
an ἄνθρωπος Man-faced, i.e., a human being an
hard σκληρὸς Dry, i.e., hard or tough (figuratively, harsh, severe) hard
man, ἄνθρωπος Man-faced, i.e., a human being man
reaping θερίζων To harvest reaping
where ὅπου What(-ever) where, i.e., at whichever spot where
thou hast ἔσπειρας To scatter, i.e., sow (literally or figuratively) thou hast
not οὐκ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
sown, ἔσπειρας To scatter, i.e., sow (literally or figuratively) sown
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
gathering συνάγων To lead together, i.e., collect or convene; specially, to entertain (hospitably) gathering
where ὅθεν From which place or source or cause (adverb or conjunction) where
thou hast διεσκόρπισας To dissipate, i.e., (genitive case) to rout or separate; specially, to winnow; figuratively, to squander thou hast
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
strawed: διεσκόρπισας To dissipate, i.e., (genitive case) to rout or separate; specially, to winnow; figuratively, to squander strawed

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  • 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.

  • 26  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:




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