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“Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?”
King James Version (KJV)
Wherefore then gauest not thou my money into the bancke, that at my comming I might haue required mine owne with vsury?
- King James Version (1611) - Compare to scan of original Luke chapter 19
'Then why did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?'
- New American Standard Version (1995)
then wherefore gavest thou not my money into the bank, and I at my coming should have required it with interest?
- American Standard Version (1901)
Why then did you not put my money in a bank, so that when I came I would get it back with interest?
- Basic English Bible
And why didst thou not give my money to [the] bank; and *I* should have received it, at my coming, with interest?
- Darby Bible
And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming, I might have exacted it with usury?
- Douay Rheims Bible
Why then gavest thou not my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required my own with interest?
- Webster's Bible
why then did you not put my money into a bank, that when I came I might have received it back with interest?
- Weymouth Bible
Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?'
- World English Bible
and whi hast thou not youun my money to the bord, and Y comynge schulde haue axid it with vsuris?
- Wycliffe Bible
and wherefore didst thou not give my money to the bank, and I, having come, with interest might have received it?
- Youngs Literal Bible
Pastor Sunday Chukwuemeka's comment on 2014-11-07 16:59:12:
What this verse is saying is that God has three classes of talents for mankind namely high five , middle three and low one . The high and the middle class can easily do well when they stand on their own while the low class can only succeed when they pair up with other established classes where their rewards are lower than their efforts.That is why the word usury were used not that Jesus is trying to contradict himself. Examples are employers and the employees, Masters the servants,pastors and the congregations etc.There are talents that can be unfruitful if not in conjunction with others. And if a person in this low grade category understands and subject himself to complete usury, he would also be ushered where the high and the middle classes are.What this means is that on the judgement day, a faithful general overseer could be rewarded equally with a faithful usher of his ministry.
Gerald Wilson's comment on 2012-01-16 20:30:21:
The debate seems to be about usury. Why Jesus would mention something with favor that the Bible speaks against. But if we take a deeper look, we understand it is not the usury, but the greed that motivated usury. In the case Jesus spake of, we find it was not greed, but respect of the Nobleman that would have motivated the servant to the act of usury. I myself think that all usury is not wrong, only that which is deceitful, begotten by extortion. One more thought, if usury is wrong, and both parties make an agreement that involves usury, then both are guilty, the lender, and the borrower. So in closing, I feel that as the secrets of the heart are known of God, the reason you lend for usury must be taken into consideration when judgment is passed. Let God do the judging, and let Him teach each individual. Another question I might ask, We know that in Business usury is a part of the gain. So is all Businesses wrong? Thanks for hearing me out. I'll close this book, and maybe the thoughts will help someone sort out their thoughts. God Bless us all with His understanding on this subject. Pastor Gerald
The Word's comment on 2010-05-08 23:05:49:
Many have assumed this parable to mean usury and banking are biblical, but they are not. This is why he spoke in parables, to separate the wheat from the chaff.He is speaking so the unlearned can relate in their world. For the word says you cannot serve God and Money, for you will hate one and love the other. This verse is a confirmation of God's kindom and the kingdom of the world. The world requires usury, but not God.
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