Given a man to keep, he had lost the man. And he had lost him because he was too busy to keep him. Evidently the servant considered that an excuse. Had he been idle, then indeed the loss of the man would have been an unpardonable offence.
Busy about the Wrong Thing
I Kings 20:40 And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone.
The text is part of a little parable, spoken by an unnamed prophet to King Ahab.
I Kings 20:39 (KJV) And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into