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have forgiven his fellowservant, as his lord had forgiven him.

What made his fault greater also?

A. His fierce and violent


What were the feelings of his fellow-servants, when they saw what was done?

To whom did they tell it? What did the lord do? What reason did he give for excusing him the debt?

What did he therefore say that servant ought to have done?

What do you mean by his lord being wroth? A. Being angry.

To whom did he deliver him?

What is meant by "Tormentors ?"

A. The jailors or keepers of the prison.

'Till what was done? Who is meant by "the king" in this parable? A. God Almighty. Who are meant by "the servants?"

4. All mankind.

How does our Saviour apply this parable to us?


What parable does the 2d chapter contain?

Where is it written? What is the lesson you learn from it?

So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord after that he had called him, said unto him, "O thou wicked servant! I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me; shouldst not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee?" And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So, likewise, shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.


THE TALENTS.-Matt. xxv. 14.

We must hereafter give an account to God of the means we have had of

To whom does Christ say the kingdom of heaven is like?

What did he deliver to his servants?

How did he distribute to them?

What rule had he for the manner of his distribution ? A. According to their ability; i. e. their natural capacities and opportunities of improving.

What did he then proceed to do?

What do you mean by "straightway?"

A. Immediately.

What did he that had received five talents do?

What did he do that had received two?

What was his conduct that had received one?

After a long time, what did their lord come and do?

How much more did he that had received five talents bring?

What did he say to his lord?

What was his lord's answer?

What did he that had received two talents come and say?

What did his lord say to him?

Now what was the behaviour of him who had received one talent?

learning his holy word, and doing good to others.

The kingdom of Heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods and unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to every man according to his several ability, and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two; but he that had received one, went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents, came and brought other five talents, saying, "Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained, besides them, five talents more." His lord said unto him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things, enter thou into the joy of thy lord." He, also, that had received two ta

What do you mean by 66 an hard man ?"

A. A severe man. Why did he think him severe ?

A. Only because he expected him to make the most of what had been given him. What do you remark in this language of the servant to his lord?

A. That it was wrong in him to make use of it. Why so?

A. Because he took upon himself to blame his lord, whereas he alone was in fault.

What did he say he had done with his talent?

What did his lord call him for such conduct?

Why did he call him "slothful?"

A. Because he buried his talent instead of trading with it.

With whom did his lord say he should have put his money?

Who were the exchangers?

A. Persons who traded in money, and made a profit thereby for themselves, and those who placed it in their hands.

What do you mean here by "usury?"

A. Increase upon money

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Then he which had received the one talent, came and said, 66 Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man; reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed; and I was afraid, and I went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo! there thou hast that is thine." His lord answered and said unto him, "Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the

lord command should be done with his talent?

On what condition shall every one that hath, receive abundance?

A. If he makes a good use of what is given him.

In what case will that which is given be taken away ?

A. When no good use is made of it.

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What will be there?
Who is meant by "the
Lord," in this parable?
A. God Almighty.
Who are meant by "the

A. All mankind.
What is meant by

talents ?"


A. The different gifts bestowed by God on men, and their opportunities of doing good.

What is meant by the "time of reckoning?" A. The judgment-day.


What parable does the 3d chapter contain?

Where is it written? What is the lesson you learn from it?

exchangers, and then at my coming, I should have received mine own with usury. Take, therefore, the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, shall be taken away, even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

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Where was a certain man travelling?

What happened to him? What did the thieves do to him?

What do you mean by "raiment ?"

A. Clothes.

Who was the first person that came by that way? Who were the priests?

A. Persons of the family of Aaron, to whom was committed the performance of divine worship under the law of Moses.

What did he do when he saw him?

Who was the next person that came by?

What did he do before he passed by on the other side? Who were the Levites? A. The descendants of Levi, who had the care of the temple, and assisted the priests in religious worship. Who afterwards came that way ?

How were the Samaritans disposed towards the Jewish religion?

A. They professed a different religion from the Jews.

Had they any dealings one with another?

A. Not in the exchange of kind and friendly offices, though they trafficked together.

What, however, was the

from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where

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