What Does the Bible Say About Talents? 13 Powerful Verses


Romans 12:6

ESVHaving gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
KJVHaving then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
NASBSince we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
NIVWe have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
NLTIn his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

1 Peter 4:10

ESVAs each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
KJVAs every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
NASBAs each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
NIVEach of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
NLTGod has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

James 1:17

ESVEvery good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
KJVEvery good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
NASBEvery good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
NIVEvery good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
NLTWhatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

Exodus 35:10

ESV“Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the LORD has commanded:
KJVAnd every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded;
NASB‘Let every skillful man among you come, and make all that the LORD has commanded:
NIV“All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded:
NLT“Come, all of you who are gifted craftsmen. Construct everything that the LORD has commanded:

1 Corinhtians 16:14

ESVLet all that you do be done in love.
KJVLet all your things be done with charity.
NASBLet all that you do be done in love.
NIVDo everything in love.
NLTAnd do everything with love.

Proverbs 25:14

ESVLike clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
KJVWhoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
NASBLike clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.
NIVLike clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.
NLTA person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

Proverbs 22:29

ESVDo you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
KJVSeest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
NASBDo you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
NIVDo you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
NLTDo you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.

1 Corinthians 4:12

ESVand we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
KJVAnd labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
NASBand we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;
NIVWe work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
NLTWe work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us.

Ephesians 2:10

ESVFor we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
KJVFor we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
NASBFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
NIVFor we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
NLTFor we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Acts 11:29

ESVSo the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.
KJVThen the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
NASBAnd in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.
NIVThe disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.
NLTSo the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could.

Proverbs 18:16

ESVA man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.
KJVA man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
NASBA man’s gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.
NIVA gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
NLTGiving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

2 Samuel 7:3

ESVAnd Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”
KJVAnd Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.
NASBNathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your mind, for the LORD is with you.”
NIVNathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you.”
NLTNathan replied to the king, “Go ahead and do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you.”

Hebrews 13:21

ESVequip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
KJVMake you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
NASBequip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
NIVequip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
NLTmay he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

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