Parable of the Talents

Directions: Underline the words in the story as you find them, unscramble them and write them in the boxes below. Jesus often told a story to teach a lesson. Hear the story of the talents. One day a man was going on a long trip. He needed his servants to take care of his property while he was gone, so he called them to him. To the first servant he gave five talents of money. This man went to work at once using his money until he had doubled it. He now had ten talents instead of five. The master gave the second man two talents. The second man was successful also, and doubled his money. He began with more than $2,000 and now he had twice as much. To the third man he gave one talent but he dug a hole and hid it in the ground. After a long time the master returned. He was ready for a report from the servants. The man who had received five talents brought his money and showed the master that he had doubled it. The master was well pleased. He said, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" The man that had been given two talents showed the master that he had also doubled his money. He received the same words of praise as the first man who had received five talents. The man who had received one talent dug up the talent he had buried and brought it to the master. "See, here is what belongs to you." The master was very angry with him and called him a wicked, lazy servant. He said the man should at least have put the money with bankers and received some interest. The master took his one talent away from him and gave it to the man who had ten talents, and the one talent man was punished because he had not properly used the talent he had been given.