the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Figuratively, signifies any gift or opportunity God gives to men for the promotion of his glory. "Every thing almost, " says Mr. Scott, "that we are, or possess, or meet with, may be considered as a talent; for a good or a bad use may be made of every natural endowment, or providential appointment, or they may remain unoccupied through inactivity and selfishness. Time, health, vigour of body, and the power of exertion and enduring fatigue
the natural and acquired abilities of the mind, skill in any lawful art or science, and the capacity for close mental application
the gift of speech, and that of speaking with fluency and propriety, and in a convincing, attractive, or persuasive manner
wealth, influence, or authority
a man's situation in the church, the community, or relative life
and the various occurences which make way for him to attempt any thing of a beneficial tendency; these, and many others that can scarcely be enumerated, are talents which the consistent Christian will improve to the glory of God, and the benefit of mankind. Nay, this improvement procures an increase of talents, and gives a man an accession of influence, and an accumulating power of doing good; because it tends to establish his reputation for prudence, piety, integrity, sincerity, and disinterested benevolence: it gradually forms him to an habitual readiness to engage in the beneficent designs, and to conduct them in a gentle, unobstrusive and unassuming manner: it disposes others to regard him with increasing confidence and affection, and to approach him with satisfaction; and it procures for him the countenance of many persons, whose assistance he can employ in accomplishing his own salutary purposes."
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Talent'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​cbd/​t/talent.html. 1802.