148 PRICE IN HAND OF THE [SER. VII.
tude of his people of old—" W7iat could
7iave been done more to my vineyard, that I
7iave not done in it?"1 Furthermore, the
"price" is placed into the hand of every
2d. That in the great day of account
the finally impenitent shall not be able to
show any reason why the sentence of
condemnation should not be passed upon
them for their neglect of improving it.
In the parable of the talents the servant
who had one, offered as an excuse for
not improving it, his knowledge of the
severity of his Lord ; "reaping w7iere" he
had "not sown, and gatliering wliere" he
had "not strawed."2 But he thus con¬
demned himself. And his Lord showed
him, that the very excuse he offered,
was a more urgent reason why he should
have improved the talent intrusted to his
charge. Hence he was struck dumb:
stripped of every extenuating plea—forced
1 Isaiah v., 4. a Matt, xxv , 26.