Matthew 18:21-35 ESV

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often 1will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? 2As many as seven times?"

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      22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.a

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        • · 18:22 - Or seventy-seven times
          23 "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished 3to settle accounts with his servants.b

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            • ¸ 18:23 - Greek bondservants; also verses 28, 31
              24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him 4ten thousand 5talents.c

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                • ¹ 18:24 - A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
                  25 6And since he could not pay, his master ordered him 7to be sold, with his wife and 8children and all that he had, and payment to be made.

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                  26 So the servantd9fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'

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                    • º 18:26 - Greek bondservant; also verses 27, 28, 29, 32, 33
                      27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and 10forgave him the debt.

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                        • 937 18:27 - [See ver. 25 above]
                          28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred 11denarii,e and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, 'Pay what you owe.'

                          References for Matthew 18:28

                            • » 18:28 - A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
                              29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.'
                              30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.
                              31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.
                              32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
                              33 12And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?'

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                              34 13And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,f14until he should pay all his debt.

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                                • ¼ 18:34 - Greek torturers
                                  35 15So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother 16from your heart."

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