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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 25:21

Good and faithful servants. We cannot but be struck with the cheerful tone of these generous words. They encourage us to look to the brighter side of Christian life and work. This is not all failure. It is largely fruitful and acceptable to God. I. THERE ARE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF GOD . No age in the history of the Church has been without such people. Even when the five talented men are scarce, men of two talents have abounded, and have proved their fidelity by... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 25:22

That had received [ the ] two talents . This man, who had received a less sum, had been as faithful as the first, and comes with equal confidence and joyfulness to render his account, because he had been true and diligent in furthering his lord's interests to the best of his means and faculties. He had, it seems, less capacity, but had used it to the full. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Matthew 25:21

Ruler over many things - I will promote thee to greater honors and to more important trusts.Joy of thy lord - In the meantime share the pleasures and enjoyments of his palace; be his companion, and receive the rewards which he has promised thee. “The joy of his lord” may mean either the festivals and rejoicings at his return, or the rewards which his lord had prepared for his faithful servants. Applied to Christians, it means that they who rightly improve their talents will, at the return of... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Matthew 25:21

Matthew 25:21. His lord said unto him, Well done “The original word, Ευ , well done, has a peculiar force and energy, far beyond what we can express in English. It was used by auditors or spectators in any public exercise, to express the highest applause, when any part had been excellently performed.” Doddridge. Good and faithful servant Those that own and honour God now, he will own and confess hereafter, and their diligence and integrity will be found to praise and honour and glory... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Matthew 25:22-23

Matthew 25:22-23. He also that had received the two talents said, Behold, I have gained two other talents Here we see that he who had received only two talents, gives up his account as cheerfully as he who had received five; for our comfort and reward in the day of reckoning will be according to our faithfulness, not according to our usefulness; our sincerity, not our success; according to the uprightness of our hearts, and not the degree of our opportunities. We may, therefore, well rest... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Matthew 25:14-30

134. The three employees (Matthew 25:14-30)In the second story, a businessman who went away on a journey left his business in the care of three trusted employees. He gave money to the three men, the amounts they received varying according to their business abilities. Two of the men worked well and made good profits, but the third was lazy and did nothing (Matthew 25:14-18).When the owner returned, he was pleased to see that the first two men had worked well, and he rewarded them by giving them... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Matthew 25:21

make = set. enter. joy. He enters into joy, and joy enters into him. the joy = the [place of] joy. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Matthew 25:22

And he also that received the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.What are the "many things" over which the Lord will set his faithful ones at the second coming? We cannot know. Paul said:Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not And which entered... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Matthew 25:21

Matthew 25:21. Well done!— The original word Ευ, has a peculiar force and energy, far beyond what we can express in English. It was used by auditors or spectators in any public exercise, to express the highest applause, when any part had been excellently performed. By joy is here meant the place appointed for festivals and rejoicings, as is evident from Mat 25:30 where we read, that the wicked servant is cast into outer darkness, in opposition to the lights which illuminated the... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Matthew 25:21

21. His lord said unto him, Well done—a single word, not of bare satisfaction, but of warm and delighted commendation. And from what Lips! thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things, &c. read more

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