The punishment of the slave with one talent (Mt 25:28-25:28)

“Take the talent

From him!

Give it

To the one

With the ten talents.”


ἄρατε οὖν ἀπ’ αὐτοῦ τὸ τάλαντον καὶ δότε τῷ ἔχοντι τὰ δέκα τάλαντα·


This parable is unique to Matthew, but there is something similar in Luke, chapter 19:24.  This master or slave owner said to his people to take the one talent from this wicked lazy slave (ἄρατε οὖν ἀπ’ αὐτοῦ τὸ τάλαντον) and give it to the slave who already had 10 talents (καὶ δότε τῷ ἔχοντι τὰ δέκα τάλαντα).  That does not seem fair, even though it is a mild punishment.  This lazy slave ends up with nothing, but he really did not want anything.  The ambitious slave who doubled his money would get even more.

King of Babylon (Jer 25:26-25:26)

“After them,

I went to

The king of Sheshach

To offer him a drink.”

Finally, Jeremiah ends up with the King of Babylon. Here, he is called Sheshach, which is a reverse of the Hebrew letters known as a “atbash”. Jeremiah used this a few times to hide what he was trying to say. After visiting every leader in the world, he ends up with King Nebuchadnezzar.

Shame (Sir 20:21-20:23)

“One may be prevented

From sinning

By poverty.

When he rests,

He feels no remorse.

One may lose his life

Through shame.

One may lose his life

Because of his foolish look.

Another out of shame

Make promises to a friend.

Thus he makes an enemy

For nothing.”

If you are in poverty, there is less chance of you sinning. Thus when the poor person rests, he does not feel any remorse. However, you can lose your life through shame or some foolish look.   Another person may make promises to a friend that he is not able to keep. He will do this out of shame. Thus he ends up making an enemy for no good reason.