Peter said, “Lord, do you intend this parable specially for us, or is it for everyone?”
The Lord said, “Well, who is the trusty and sensible man whom the Master will appoint as his steward, to manage his servants and issue their rations at the proper time?
“Happy that man who is found at his task when his Master comes! I tell you, then, he will be put in charge of all his Master’s property.
“But if that servant says to himself, ‘The Master is a long time coming,’ and begins to bully the menservants and maids, and eat and drink and get drunk; then the Master will arrive on a day that servant does not expect, at a time he does not know, and will cut him in pieces. Thus he will find his place among the faithless.
“The servant who knew his Master’s wishes, yet made no effort to carry them out, will be flogged severely. But one who did not know them, though he earned a beating, will be flogged less severely. Where a man has been given much, much will be expected of him; and the more a man has had entrusted to him, the more he will be required to repay.”