23"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like1 a king who wanted to settle accounts2 with his servants.24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talentsa was brought to him.25Since he was not able to pay,3 the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold4 to repay the debt.26"The servant fell on his knees before him.5 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.'27The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.28"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.b He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.29"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'30"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.32"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.33Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'