For most of my life I was taught that talents were gifts of abilities and had nothing to do with financial gifts.
Sometimes people can teach things that are sincere but sincerely wrong. The word translated as talents as discussed in Matthew 25 is clearly defined as money.
If you have any doubt about the accuracy of what I’m saying… consider Matthew 25:16 in the New English Translation Bible:
“The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work and gained five more.”
Next, take a look at Matthew 25:18-19 also in the New English Translation Bible which says:
“But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money in it.”
I realize some people might say, “Well, yes but you’re just quoting those new-fangled translations. What does the King James Version say?”
Glad you asked.
Matthew 25:18 in the King James Version says: