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Matthew 25:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [there] thou hast [that is] thine.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [there] thou hast [what is] thine.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and being afraid I went away and hid thy talent in the earth; behold, thou hast that which is thine.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, overcome with fear, I went away, and hid thy talent in the ground: See! thou hast what is thine!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and having been afraid, having gone away, I hid thy talent in the earth; lo, thou hast thine own!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And being afraid, I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Behold here thou hast that which is thine.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And I was afraid, and went and hidde thy talent in the earth: loe, there thou hast that is thine.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And I feared, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: behold, thou hast thine own.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and I was afraid, and I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Behold, thou hast what is thine.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
I was afraid, 5399
{5399} Prime
φοβέω
phobeo
{fob-eh'-o}
From G5401; to frighten, that is, (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is, revere.
z5679
<5679> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive Deponent (See G5789)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 164
and went 565
{0565} Prime
ἀπέρχομαι
aperchomai
{ap-erkh'-om-ahee}
From G0575 and G2064; to go off (that is, depart), aside (that is, apart) or behind (that is, follow), literally or figuratively.
z5631
<5631> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 889
and hid 2928
{2928} Prime
κρύπτω
krupto
{kroop'-to}
A primary verb; to conceal (properly by covering).
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
thy 4675
{4675} Prime
σοῦ
sou
{soo}
Genitive case of G4771; of thee, thy.
talent 5007
{5007} Prime
τάλαντον
talanton
{tal'-an-ton}
Neuter of a presumed derivative of the original form of τλάω [[tlao]] (to bear; equivalent to G5342); a balance (as supporting weights), that is, (by implication) a certain weight (and thence a coin or rather sum of money) or 'talent'.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
earth: 1093
{1093} Prime
γῆ
ge
{ghay}
Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application).
lo, 2396
{2396} Prime
ἴδε
ide
{id'-eh}
Second person singular imperative active of G1492; used as interjection to denote surprise; lo!.
[there] thou hast 2192
{2192} Prime
ἔχω
echo
{ekh'-o}
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
[that is] thine. 4674
{4674} Prime
σός
sos
{sos}
From G4771; thine.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 25:25

_ _ And I was afraid — of making matters worse by meddling with it at all.

_ _ and went and hid thy talent in the earth — This depicts the conduct of all those who shut up their gifts from the active service of Christ, without actually prostituting them to unworthy uses. Fitly, therefore, may it, at least, comprehend those, to whom Trench refers, who, in the early Church, pleaded that they had enough to do with their own souls, and were afraid of losing them in trying to save others; and so, instead of being the salt of the earth, thought rather of keeping their own saltness by withdrawing sometimes into caves and wildernesses, from all those active ministries of love by which they might have served their brethren.

_ _ Thou wicked and slothful servant — “Wicked” or “bad” means “falsehearted,” as opposed to the others, who are emphatically styled “good servants.” The addition of “slothful” is to mark the precise nature of his wickedness: it consisted, it seems, not in his doing anything against, but simply nothing for his master.

_ _ Thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed — He takes the servant’s own account of his demands, as expressing graphically enough, not the hardness which he had basely imputed to him, but simply his demand of a profitable return for the gift entrusted.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 25:14-30.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 25:25

And I was afraid — Lest if I had improved my talent, I should have had the more to answer for. So from this fear, one will not learn to read, another will not hear sermons!

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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2 Samuel 6:9-10 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? ... So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
Proverbs 26:13 The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets.
Isaiah 57:11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid [it] to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. ... For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
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