Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?2 Up to seven times?"322
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.a423"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like5 a king who wanted to settle accounts6 with his servants.24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talentsb was brought to him.25Since he was not able to pay,7 the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold8 to repay the debt.26"The servant fell on his knees before him.9 '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.c 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.