13And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, pounds:mina, here translated a pound, is twelve ounces and an half: which according to five shillings the ounce is three pounds two shillings and sixpence and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
English Standard Version
13Calling ten of his servants,Greek bondservants; also verse 15 he gave them ten minas,A mina was about three months' wages for a laborer and said to them, 'Engage in business until I come.'
13 But first he called ten servants together, gave them each a sum of money, and instructed them, 'Operate with this until I return.'
New King James Version
13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.'
New Living Translation
13 Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, 'Invest this for me while I am gone.'
This parable is like that of the talents, 1 Peter 4:10. The account required, resembles that in the parable of the talents; and the punishment of the avowed enemies of Christ, as well as of false professors, is shown. The principal difference is, that the pound given to each seems to point out the gift of the gospel, which is the same to all who hear it; but the talents, distributed more or less, seem to mean that God gives different capacities and advantages to men, by which this one gift of the gospel may be differently improved.