The Rabbi taught this parable, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.  And he called ten of his servants, and gave them ten manim and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.' But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us!'"

"When the man returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these servants, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what each one had done through his commerce. The first appeared, saying, 'Master, your maneh has made ten manim.' And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.'

The second came, saying, 'Your maneh, master, has made five more.' And he said to him also, 'And you are to be over five cities.'

Another came, saying, 'Master, here is your maneh, which I kept put away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.' The nobleman said to him, 'By your own words I will judge you, you worthless servant. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow? Then why did you not take my money to the moneychangers, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?'

Then he said to the bystanders, 'Take the maneh away from him and give it to the one who has the ten.' And they said to him, 'Master, he has ten manim already.' I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence."


This is the teaching of the Rabbi.