19 Jesus entered Jerichov and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-figw tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.x
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”y
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord,z “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,a I will pay back four times the amount.”b
11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of Gode was going to appear at once.f 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servantsg and gave them ten minas.a ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’j
22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words,k you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?l 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.m 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’ ”
A mina was about three months’ wages.