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12 But he replied,[a] ‘I tell you the truth,[b] I do not know you!’ 13 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour.[c]

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves[d] and entrusted his property to them.

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  1. Matthew 25:12 tn Grk “But answering, he said.” This is somewhat redundant and has been simplified in the translation.
  2. Matthew 25:12 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amēn), I say to you.”
  3. Matthew 25:13 tc Most later mss (C3 Γ ƒ13 1241 1424c M) add here “in which the Son of Man is coming” (ἐν ᾗ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἔρχεται, en |ē ho huios tou anthrōpou erchetai), reproducing almost verbatim the last line of Matt 24:44. The longer reading thus appears to be an explanatory expansion and should not be considered authentic. The earlier and better witnesses (P35 א A B C* D L W Δ Θ ƒ1 33 565 892 1424* al lat co) lack this phrase.
  4. Matthew 25:14 tn See the note on the word “slave” in 8:9.