Matthew 25:14-30 is the parable of the talents.
Wikipedia describes talent as form of measurement of material worth and skill, and hence implies a measure and ranking of both mental and dexterous abilities.
Due to the biblical use, talent has also become a measure and ranking of endowment or giftedness.
You could choose to use either the term endowment, aptitude or talent, but talent has a better classical and mystical ring to the word. One could be endowed with or acquire talent of discernment, wisdom, honour, physical prowess, prophecy, being a friend, being an annoyance, being a blessing, etc.
tal•ent (ˈtæl ənt)
- a special, often creative natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing.
- a person or persons with special ability, esp. in a particular field: the theater's major talents; the local talent.
- a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement: so called from the parable in Matt. 25:14–30.
- any of various ancient units of weight, as a unit of the Middle East equal to 3000 shekels, or of Greece equal to 6000 drachmas.
- any of various ancient monetary units equal to the value of a talent weight of gold or silver.
- Obs. inclination or disposition.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English talente < Latin talenta, pl. of talentum < Greek tálanton balance, weight, monetary unit]
syn: See ability.
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